Directed by Gisyerg Bermudez, Crawlers is the 18th episode of the Into the Dark series and revolves around St. Patrick’s Day. It’s a throwback to ’80s horror-comedies that could’ve been made by Nickelodeon it’s so juvenile. I haven’t had Hulu long so I haven’t seen any of the other Into the Dark films (episodes) and have nothing to pair it up against. I don’t know if this is standard quality but if it is, I’m a little disappointed.

The setting is just a setting. The story has nothing to do with the holiday itself which is a bit upsetting. St. Patrick’s Day is usually only featured in films for one of two reasons; characters frantically run through a St. Patrick’s Day parade or it’s an easy way to get everyone drunk. In America, the holiday is just an excuse to drink and wear green, which is exactly how Crawlers sees it.

The film is set on March 17th and the color green is everywhere! I can’t deny that the set designer did a good job. The green lights and clothing will get you into the Lucky Charms spirit faster than anything else. Really, its the color green that was the influence behind the film’s villains because what’s greener than little green men? That’s right, it’s about aliens!

Alien hunting Scooby gang

So, the story starts with survival-conspiracy theorist Shauna (Giorgia Whigham) making a video blog recounting the strange events that occurred during last year’s St. Patrick’s Day. She goes back and tells the story, offering up character introductions and other details about the night. The town is a college town that celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with high enthusiasm. Spending the whole day drinking and partying and on this night, we’re introduced to Misty (Pepi Sonuga), her horrible friend Chloe (Jude Demorest) who she’s on the outs with after a #MeToo related issue, and Chloe’s new friend Youejin (Olivia Liang). We also met frat guys Aaron (Cameron Fuller) and Michael, who’s so e-v-i-l he’s practically a cartoon character.

None of them get much development outside of their one-dimensional character titles; the survivor, the princess, the damsel, the skeptic, etc. But we’re not here for the characters. We’re here for the aliens that act like zombies. They’re not zombies though. Shauna makes that clear through her incessant narration. “People always think it’s zombies, but they have a totally different pathology.” It’s strange how she has no way to study alien pathology yet somehow knows all about it.

The aliens have the ability to become a person’s doppelganger by biting their victims, enabling them to steal people’s identities and slowly take over the town. Luckily, Shauna’s shotgun-wielding mother knows everything about aliens, including how to kill them. She’s been warning people for years but they’ve never listened. My question is, why she didn’t destroy the nest herself if she knew where it was the whole freaking time?

Who is the target audience exactly

There isn’t much to this film. A pretty straightforward sci-fi adventure that neatly wraps everything up by the end. Crawlers is here to do a job, destroy the aliens and attempt to entertain you while doing so. It tries to get two out of two but it’s not nearly as interesting as it thinks, and the characters aren’t likable enough for you to care whether any of them die or not.

I actually can’t figure out if this movie is for teens or young adults. I feel like they made the character’s college-age just to find a balance between the two. It tries to offer up important life lessons for those within the age group. Friendship goals and feminist ideals, but they’re awkwardly put in-between action scenes and never reach their full emotional impact.

Crawlers is certainly watchable but nothing I’d go and see a second time. However, it’s the perfect Irish-themed horror comedy to watch if you’re sick of the endless supply of Leprechaun movies.

3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)

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Rachel Roth is a writer who lives in South Florida. She has a degree in Writing Studies and a Certificate in Creative Writing, her work has appeared in several literary journals and anthologies. @WinterGreenRoth

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