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The Crawlers (1993)

Contamination .7 (original title)
People from a small town are attacked by evil radioactive tree roots growing in the forest.

Directors:

Fabrizio Laurenti (as Martin Newlin), Joe D'Amato (uncredited)

Writers:

Albert Lawrence, Daniele Stroppa (as Daniel Steel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Sellers ... Josie
Jason Saucier Jason Saucier ... Matt
Bubba Reeves Bubba Reeves ... Taylor
Chelsi Stahr ... Susan
Jaymzlinn Saxton ... Paula
Eddy Eby Eddy Eby ... Jack (as Edy Eby)
Dennis Fitzmorris Dennis Fitzmorris ... Jed
Patrick Collins Patrick Collins ... Brian
Kevin Kroft Kevin Kroft ... David
Merrill Weech Merrill Weech ... Bob
Carol Kroft Carol Kroft ... Denise
Vince O'Neil Vince O'Neil ... Sheriff
Addie Peadair Addie Peadair ... Fatman
Neil O'Connor Neil O'Connor ... Price
Jim Julian Jim Julian ... Woodsman
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Evil nuclear power plant manager is dumping nuclear waste in a forest. People start getting killed. Drunken PhD in power plant starts tracking radiation in the forest. More people killed. Newspaper reporter and local boy and girl start investigating. Still more people killed. Townspeople try to remove nuclear waste. Yet more people killed. EPA cleans up the mess with bulldozers. Written by Ira Kroll <ira_kroll@Mac.lover.org>

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they grow, they know, they stalk, they kill, not you average houseplant. See more »


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Rated R for a scene of graphic horror violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Epic Productions originally intended to release the film theatrically in 1992, but due to financial issues, the film ended up going straight-to-video in 1993. See more »

Goofs

When the little boy opens the present from his sister, he clearly pulls out a box. The next shot, he is holding the plastic carnivorous plant. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bus driver: Next stop will be Littleton.
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Alternate Versions

The Japanese VHS released by RCA/Columbia in 1991 presents the film under its original title and also actually runs 3 minutes longer than the Columbia TriStar VHS, released as "The Crawlers." See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Elves (2011) See more »

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Run, don't crawl, away from the video The Crawlers
23 October 2004 | by FieCrierSee all my reviews

I don't know what to make of the title "Contamination .7" or "Troll 3." I saw this on video as "The Crawlers." There is nuclear contamination in the movie, but the figure ".7" and what it might mean was not mentioned (that I caught), and there are no trolls in the movie, but I haven't seen Troll or Troll 2, so I can't comment on what it might have in common with them.

The best thing about this was the cover of the video box. It has a pretty good illustration. Actually, the DeSoto was pretty nice too.

The movie starts dividing our attention between two young women on a bus. One gets stranded at a small gas station, while the other is returning to her small town home after having left it and her fiancé when she was in high school. For some time we keep cutting between the two of them, which is awkward.

Most of the acting was pretty poor, unfortunately. The Sheriff and his deputy, the nuclear plant's executives, goons, and whistleblower were are particularly bad. The threat in the movie is roots which have been contaminated by radioactive waste. They're now extremely long and carnivorous. What isn't clear is if they are just roots crawling around like worms, unconnected to anything, or if they are the roots of some tree or trees that are likewise mutated. We never see.

At one point, the townspeople show up to fight the roots. How that came to happen is not explained. Inexplicably, their solution is to find the barrels of nuclear waste that had been dumped in the forest and dig them up and put them in their trucks. They start to do this without any protective suits! Another solution is to bury the barrels under even more dirt, which doesn't make much sense either. Why the roots would stop attacking, or why they would die, when the barrels are carted away or further buried is entirely unclear.

The ending is particularly bad. It involves two horror clichés: the end that is not an end, and the freeze-frame.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 1994 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Porterville, Utah, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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