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Director: Sv Bell
Screenplay: Sv Bell, Robbie Ribspreader
Cast: Deke Richards, Heidi Hawkins, Keir Cutler, Robert Reynolds
Producers: Sv Bell, William Alexander, Black Flag Pictures inc.
Distributor: Black Flag Pictures inc.
In a remote jerkwater town, a contractor goes to pick up the bulldozer he’d reserved several weeks earlier, essential for the site where he works, but he’s a day late to claim the machine. He notices another bulldozer bearing a sign that reads “not for rental,” and is prepared to do whatever’s necessary to take it with him. $53 later, he’s waiting for the attendant to load the vehicle onto his truck when the driverless bulldozer runs him over, turning him into cat food. The next day, the bulldozer arrives at the construction site just in time to celebrate the return of Jimmy (Deke Richards), the foreman who had taken a leave of absence following the tragic death of one of his men. And the evil bulldozer is going to make sure there’ll be plenty more traumatic accidents for him to live with.
On its own, the idea of a bulldozer that runs down its victims would be enough to attract any fan of psychotronic cinema, but when it’s inhabited by an unknown alien entity and equipped with tentacles? Genius! Admit it, a multi-armed, organic bulldozer sounds pretty good—imagine the infomercial! The man behind this cinematic delirium is none other than Sv Bell, the provincial champion of the horror film in all its forms, a director who, rather than complain about lack of funds, takes action and offers each year an eccentric gem made with minimal means. His passion and resourcefulness more than make up for the low production costs and he always ends up with something far more entertaining than many big-budget films. Bell doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but he knows the conventions of the horror film and applies them with a competence that is equaled by his love of the genre. He always inserts the right dose of gore and disgusting situations, nudity and eroticism, the supernatural and the grotesque, giving the public what it wants without resorting to clichéd exaggerations. With CRAWLER, he offers a cross between the TREMORS school of monster movies and killer-machine films like MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE. The isolated natural setting and tentacled creature are taken from the former while the unstoppable machine possessed by an extraterrestrial force recalls the latter. However, one has to admit—a bulldozer has far greater wrecking potential than a car-of-the-year!