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They Crawl (2001)

After a terrifying incident of man, a policewoman detective needs to find a way to stop the creepy horde of roaches before it can kill more people.

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... Ted Gage
... Gina O'Bannon
... Professor Jurgen
... Coroner Glen
... Detective Hardy (as William Keane)
... Shane Torian
Brandon Karrer ... Lazarus
... Captain Righetti
... Exterminator
... Clarence
... Tiny Frakes
... Mrs. Gage
Andi Eystad ... Mia Gage
... Brian 'Bean' Gage
... 2nd Uniformed Cop (as Adam Gordon)
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After a terrifying incident of man, a policewoman detective needs to find a way to stop the creepy horde of roaches before it can kill more people.

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Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »
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The identity of the villain was changed twice before the script was finalized. See more »

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The bus in the opening sequence has its destination displayed as St. Louis in some shots, and Montreal in others. See more »

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Edited from Chain Reaction (1996) See more »

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Country Diner
Written and Performed by Neal Acree
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The usual B-movie antics
27 June 2014 | by See all my reviews

THEY CRAWL is ostensibly a cockroach invasion creature flick but when watching you could be forgiven for thinking you're watching a typical movie-of-the-week government conspiracy thriller. The storyline sees a couple of cops on the trail of some naughty scientists into genetic modification who have engineered some super-duper cockroaches as part of research into biological warfare.

Those expecting massed creature attacks will surely be disappointed because, inevitably, the cockroach attacks play second fiddle to this rather dull police investigation stuff. The characters just aren't interesting enough to hold the attention and you end up waiting for the next roach attack. Said attacks are animated by CGI, which is expected, and look like they've been heavily inspired by THE MUMMY. They're not bad but not quite as gruesome as you'd expect.

Part of the fun here comes from spotting the footage ripped off from other movies - yep, it's a cut 'n' paste production that would make Godfrey Ho proud. I was surprised and delighted by the expensive-looking 'bus out of control' set-piece that opens the movie and sure enough it was stolen from RED HEAT. The producers seem to have a Schwarzenegger fetish as they also borrow liberally from LAST ACTION HERO as well as CHAIN REACTION and RUSH HOUR.

Cast-wise, there are slim pickings here with the only recognisable actor being Dennis Boutsikaris, who had a starring role in BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED back in the 1980s. Mickey Rourke makes an amusing cameo as a superhuman killer and there's a little role for B-movie favourite Tim Thomerson pretty much riffing on the John Goodman character from ARACHNOPHOBIA. Things build to a preposterous but admittedly amusing climax in which the cockroaches display some truly unexpected behaviour, but this is B-movie territory all the way.


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