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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After getting in trouble at his local supermarket, Grandpa Ed (Robert De Niro) is encouraged by his daughter Sally (Uma Thurman) to move out of his old home and in with his daughter and the rest of the family. Naturally, Grandpa is not overly fond of the idea and...

Hunter Hunter (2020)

We follow a family who lives in a cabin in the wild woods.  Joseph (Devon Sawa), Anne (Camille Sullivan), and Renee (Summer H. Howell) work as fur trappers and are struggling to make ends meet financially. Anne suggests to Joseph they move away from the woods and...

The Reckoning (2020)

A horrible sickness is plaguing the land of England. The Reckoning follows Grace (Charlotte Kirk), who makes the awful discovery that her husband killed himself after becoming sick.  Feeling it was the only way to protect Grace and their child, he left her alone...

Centigrade (2020)

Inspired by actual events, Centigrade follows Naomi (Genesis Rodriguez), a novelist travelling with her husband Matt (Vincent Piazza). While the two are travelling to Norway for a book tour, they decide to stop their SUV and get some rest.  They also cannot drive...

Violation (2020)

In the present day, Miriam struggles to have a cheerful marriage and feels her relationship is near to divorce.  She and her husband return to her hometown to catch up with her younger sister and brother-in-law after being apart for many years. Miriam hopes that...

Freaky (2020)

‘The Butcher’ (Vince Vaughn) is a violent serial killer who takes joy in killing anyone who gets in his way. His focus is usually on young teenagers who enjoy hanging around together. He generally doesn't say much, but his large knife seems to do all the talking and...

Scooby-Doo! The Sword and the Scoob (2021)

Scooby-Doo and the gang are back in an all-new animated feature! Shortly after the gang solve yet another mystery, they make a strange discovery about Shaggy and his past. Thanks to a DNA test, it is revealed that Shaggy is related to someone from Camelot in medieval...

Superintelligence (2020)

Carol Peters (Melissa McCarthy) is an average person trying to make a difference in the world. She is currently single, seeking new work, and in her spare time, has a passion for helping animals find new homes. But Carol's kind nature attracts the eye of the...

The Tangle (2019)

Set in the future, our film is, in fact, a sci-fi murder mystery. The film begins with mysterious scenes and a voiceover claiming to be too old to be conducting such Sherlock Holmes type murder mysteries.  We then cut to an interrogation room called Point Mugu...

Slaxx (2020)

Libby (Romane Denis) has always dreamed of working in the retail store known as CCC's (aka Canadian Cotton Clothiers). She finally gets the opportunity to work as a salesclerk. Naturally, Libby is over the moon to represent and work with such a colossal clothing...

Hope Gap (2019)

Edward (Bill Nighy) & Grace (Annette Bening) are a couple who have been married for twenty-nine years. In the present day, the two live in a small town with stunning views- Hope Gap. The marriage has become a real struggle for each of them.  Each day is full...

Never Too Late (2020)

Jack Bronson (James Cromwell) is the newest arrival at a local nursing home.  Soon we learn the ex-Vietnam Vet has a top-secret mission of his own.  He hopes to be reunited with a love from his past and has unfinished business to complete.  But Jack...

Come True (2020)

Things are not looking too good for a young high school student named Sarah.  Sarah chooses to run away from her mother and refuses to go back home, sleeping the night at a local park.  But Sarah has issues when it comes to sleeping.  The worst part is...

Cosmic Sin (2021)

The film begins on a remote planet where two humans make first contact with aliens.  The alien species feel threatened and soon declare war on Earth.  Humans are now forced to act quickly before the end of the world occurs. General Ryle (Frank Grillo)...

Lucky (2020)

May (Brea Grant) is a writer who is well known for writing "How To" books. She is also known for writing blogs online and is a general influencer among women. May's publisher tells her that book sales have slowed down, but she will continue to do whatever she can to...

Russian Doll: Season One (2019)

Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) is a woman who lives in New York City and works on creating and developing the latest video games. The series begins with Nadia in the bathroom. As she walks outside the bathroom, it's revealed that her close friends have put on a massive party...

Mork & Mindy: Season One (1978)

Nanu Nanu! Mork (Robin Williams) is an alien from the planet Ork. He's well known for being loud, quirky and quick to deliver several one-liners. While his leaders aren't overly fond of Mork and his cheeky nature, they require him for a mission unlike any other. Mork...

Possessor (2020)

Tasya (Andrea Riseborough) is an agent who works for a top-secret organization.  This organization consistently uses brain-implant technology to inhabit other people's bodies. You see, when Tasya takes over someone's body, she can turn them into the ultimate...

Night Shift (2020)

Our film begins with the introduction of officers Virginie (Virginie Efira), Erik (Gregory Gadebois) & Aristide (Omar Sy). The introduction of the film gives us a sneak peek of their personal lives and some of the drama each character is attempting to overcome....

Last Call (2019)

Beth (Sarah Booth) is having a frustrating evening. While driving to her night job as a janitor, she receives word about her twelve-year-old son who has yet to come home from going to the cinemas with a friend. She frantically contacts her babysitter while also trying...

Skyfire (2019)

The film begins with a young girl, Ming Li, and her two parents studying a volcano. During the testing process, the volcano erupts and takes the life of her mother.  Jumping forward to the present day, Ming Li (Hannah Quinlivan) is all grown up and now following...

Burn (2019)

Our film is set at a gas station which is open 24/7. Working on the evening shift are two young girls, Melinda (Tilda Cobham-Hervey) & Sheila (Suki Waterhouse). Melinda is generally a quiet and shy person who has been dealing with several personal matters. As a...

Followed (2018)

Mike is a famous influencer on social media. He is known for recording his fun live streams relating to horror stories with his username @dropthemike.  Mike is offered a massive sponsorship from a clothing label known as Haute Gothic on one condition; he reaches...

Boss Level (2021)

Roy (Frank Grillo) is an ex-special forces officer who, from the minute he wakes up in his bed, many people (aka skilled assassins!) are trying to kill him. You see, Roy is trapped in a never-ending time loop. Each day he lives, he learns more about what is going on,...

Awoken (2019)

Karla (Sara West) is a medical student who is passionate to learn everything relating to insomnia and understand the real cause.  This passion is fuelled by her brother, Blake (Benson Jack Anthony), suffering from a significant sleep disorder. The doctors in...

Shook (2021)

Shook (2021) - Movie Review 21st Feburay 2021 Written by Peter Walkden Mia (Daisye Tutor) is a superstar when it comes to her fame on social media. She is well known for promoting premium cosmetic products under her username @makeupbymia. While her social media...