Claw (2021)

Two friends, Julia (Chynna Walker) and Kyle (Richard Rennie) are on a road trip to get Julia to an important show she’s featuring in (stand-up comedy).  Kyle is along for the ride to help drive and provide general support where possible.  But while driving, their car gets a nasty flat tyre which is irreparable.  With darkness about to come over the night skies, Julia and Kyle have no choice but to seek help.  They find a nearby ghost town museum and decide to look around with hopes of finding a person who might be able to help.

The museum is empty and creepy to wander around, but thankfully they meet a man named Ray (Mel Made), who offers them help and hospitality for the night with promises of helping them get back on the road in the morning.  The stranger also seems to be a dinosaur fanatic.  Julia and Kyle are given a caravan to sleep in for the night but are soon disturbed by creepy and strange noises.  Plus, it doesn’t help that the caravan itself is just a disgusting mess.  They decide to bail and go elsewhere, but it’s too late.  A prehistoric creature is now hunting them!  Can the two escape the town and survive the night?

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Claw is best described as a horror that also tries to push hard for comedy.  Sure, the plot and concept may seem over the top, but I’m pleased to say that the filmmakers here have embraced it and don’t deny it.  The fun and joy that the lead actors have in playing their roles is also evident.  Easily fitting into the category of it’s so bad it’s good, Claw aims to be fun and brainless.  I’m confident some audiences will adore this film even if it is far from perfect. 

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The reason for a prehistoric creature being around to hunt them is, of course, vague, but do movie lovers need much in the way of plot to watch our leads try to survive a raptor attack?  It’s a typical setup that we’ve seen before in horror- a car breaks down, the leads visit a stranger’s house, and a horrific threat is soon introduced.  The different ingredient here is simply the large raptor who is thirsty to hunt.  The pacing is slow, to begin with, and naturally, the excitement comes through watching our leads be chased later in the film.

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Unfortunately, horror and comedy elements are the weaker aspects of this movie.  Sadly, the attempts to create jump scares and suspenseful moments generally fail to deliver on any level.  Built-up jump scares are seen a mile away, and the comic gags don’t work here, regardless of the situation they find themselves in.  The gags don’t land any laughs, and dialogue during conversations feels clunky and unrealistic, even forced.  While the heavy CGI is still fun and creative, the creature certainly fits this kind of brainless entertainment.  The musical score has moments that sound very similar to the Jurassic Park franchise, which was quite surprising.  Perhaps the film did this on purpose given the premise and, again, as an attempt at comedy.

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Overall, watching a dinosaur hunt two characters in the present day is a fun and brainless concept which is bound to entertain many.  The film’s biggest praise point is the concept of a prehistoric creature on the hunt, which is creative and fun.  Still, the main horror aspect didn’t work for me here, and the film seems to miss many opportunities.  Instead, it becomes predictable, including its attempted jump scares.  The film also tries to be funny and random, which didn’t work for me and the jokes don’t land a laugh, which is sad to see.  Claw is certainly a film that many will own as it’s so cheesy that it might just be the perfect film to suit your craving.  Claw (2021) is Now Available on DVD!

3.7/10

Rating: 2 out of 5.

4th January 2022
Written by Peter Walkden

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June Again (2021) - Movie Review 5th May 2021 Written by Peter Walkden The film introduces us to June (Noni Hazlehurst), who has dementia.  She currently lives in a special care ward that allows her family to visit and get the care required.  We...

Assault on VA-33 (2021)

Set in Buffalo, New York, it is three days before Christmas.  Jason (Patrick Sean Flanery) is a highly-skilled veteran, having suffered from a tragic incident with his fellow men in the field. In the present day, Jason suffers from haunting visions of the tragedy...

Fried Barry (2020)

Barry (Gary Green), to put it politely, is not a lovely human being. He is a heavy drug addict and has no interest in looking after his current partner and only child, all of whom live in a small rundown home.  Visiting a local pub, Barry catches up with a mate...

Schemers (2019)

Schemers follows Davie (Conor Berry) in the early 1970s, who is young and full of ambition to do great things. Davie was hoping for a career in the world of football, but after a one-night stand with the wrong woman, he finds himself with one of his legs in a cast....

Wrath of Man (2021)

Set in Los Angeles, Wrath of Man follows a man with the nickname of H (Jason Statham). H applies for a job with a cash truck company after the last company he worked for went bust. He has skills and qualifications that cannot be ignored, and naturally, he gets the...

Triggered (2020)

Triggered (2020) - Movie Review 28th April 2021 Written by Peter Walkden The film follows nine best friends who come together to celebrate a five-year high school reunion. The entire group are out camping at night in a forest, allowing us to witness the nine...

A Violent Separation (2019)

A Violent Separation (2019) - Movie Review 28th August 2021 Written by Peter Walkden Set in 1983 in a slow and quiet town, the film follows a deputy named Norman Young (Brenton Thwaites). Norman is known as a good man and a good deputy within his local community. On...

The Furnace (2020)

Hanif (Ahmed Malek) is an Afghan cameleer who has desires to leave the Australian outback. At the start of the film, we witness a horrific moment in Hanif's life that makes him fed up with his current ways, including his beliefs regarding religion. This tragic moment...

Twist (2021)

Twist (2021) - Movie Review 27th April 2021 Written by Peter Walkden Based on the well-known novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, here we have a new modern style on the classic tale.  The film introduces us to Oliver Twist (or Twist for short), who grows...

Who is Gatsby Randolph? (2019)

This is not based on a true story; this is a true story. The film introduces us to the legendary Gatsby Randolph through interviews by William Geoffrey, host of the TV show Lifestyles of the Elite & Famous.  William is invited into Gatsby's stunning home not...

Mortal Kombat (2021)

Mortal Kombat (2021) - Movie Review 22nd April 2021 Written by Peter Walkden Mortal Kombat (2021) follows Cole (Lewis Tan), an MMA fighter who tries to earn cash by putting on a good show in the ring.  He also fights to make money for his partner and young...

Land (2021)

Land (2021) - Movie Review 21st April 2021 Written by Peter Walkden Edee (Robin Wright) is dealing with a significant personal tragedy in the present day. Her sister encourages her to get counselling, which she tries, but nothing helps Edee's wounds and current...

The United States Vs. Billie Holiday (2021)

The United States Vs. Billie Holiday (2021) - Movie Review 21st April 2021 Written by Peter Walkden The United States Vs Billie Holiday follows the career of the talented jazz singer Billie Holiday.  We witness many highlights from Billie's life, including...

Six Minutes to Midnight (2020)

Six Minutes to Midnight (2020) - Movie Review 21th April 2021 Written by Peter Walkden Based on actual events from the year 1939 and a couple of weeks before WWII begins. A strange event occurs with a teacher working at a German all-girls boarding school,...

El Americano: The Movie (2016)

The film follows a small, male, Mexican parrot named Cuco. Cuco and his family are part of a well-known circus, but Cuco is sick of being in the family business; instead, he would rather become an ultimate crime fighter. When Cuco isn't working with the family circus,...

The Dry (2020)

Aaron Falk (Eric Bana) is a detective located in Melbourne, Australia. He receives word that one of his childhood friends has committed suicide after murdering his family. Aaron returns to his hometown to pay his respects, but what he hoped would be a short visit back...

Willy’s Wonderland (2021)

A stranger is driving along a road when his car breaks down. Upon investigating, he finds spikes were laid on the street, popping all four of his tyres. He accepts a ride with someone who inspects his car, letting him know it will take $1,000 to fix.  Leaving his...

Nobody (2021)

The film opening shows us a stranger locked up in an interrogation room with a small kitty cat.  When questioned as to who he is, he answers that he is, in fact, a Nobody.  We are then shown flashbacks, telling us that the man's name is Hutch (Bob Odenkirk),...

Ascendant (2021)

A young woman named Aria Wolf (Charlotte Best) wakes up in an elevator, finding she is tied up and blindfolded. She soon breaks free from her bindings and discovers that she is alone in a high-speed elevator in Shanghai with no memory of her past. Aria also has no...

Gunda (2020)

Gunda is a documentary that examines the daily life of several animals living on a farm. Some of these animals include a large pig, a couple of cows and a one-legged chicken. The film takes its audience on a journey while watching these animals doing various...