Between the buzz from recent footage shown at CinemaCon and Paramount’s shifting the release date up a full month, Alexandre Aja’s Crawl is quickly becoming one of the summer’s most anticipated horror movies. The film stars Kaya Scoledario as a woman trying to save her father during a Category 5 hurricane in Florida, but finds herself trapped in a flooding house and fighting for her life against alligators.

Humans versus predatorial animals is a long-running subset in horror, but even more niche are movies where humans have to battle vicious beasts while trapped by unpleasant weather conditions. Before you see Crawl, these 5 nature attacks movies should tide you over.


Comparatively speaking, the elemental factor in Cujo is tame compared to hurricanes and tsunamis. But there’s something far more real and relatable about being trapped in a hot car under the blazing sun. Donna and Tad Trenton take the broken family Ford Pinto to their repairman to get the alternator fixed, but find themselves forced to take refuge in it thanks to a rabid St. Bernard. If they leave, well, they risk death. But staying inside their makeshift shelter means death too, in the form of heatstroke and dehydration. It’s a no-win situation that makes for a harrowing thriller. In Stephen King’s novel, it’s the elements that causes death to a major character, not the rabid animal.

Deep Blue Sea

Intelligence enhanced super sharks versus the scientists who made them serve as the setup of this fun horror movie, and the battle for survival is compounded by a serious storm. Granted the storm doesn’t serve as big of a role, the sharks are monstrous enough, but it does create a whole lot of problems for the humans. When the first shark attack happens, a helicopter is called in to medically evacuate the victim, but the arrival of the storm causes a ripple effect that leads to the helicopter crashing. The resulting destruction means a heavily flooded facility where the sharks can now swim freely to stalk their prey. The storm also means more help won’t be on its way anytime soon.


Inspired by the true story of a crocodile that attacked boats in the ‘70s, adorably dubbed Sweetheart, Rogue tells of a group of river cruise tourists being marooned by an attack on their boat. The group’s only safe haven from the giant beast is a small, muddy island in the middle of the river. It’s not exactly ideal, and it’s made even worse thanks to a rising tide that will fully submerge the island by nightfall. That’s right; it doesn’t take much for mother nature to completely foil survival plans in a fight against a giant crocodile. Just high tide. It’s intense and brutal, and we’d expect nothing less from director Greg McLean (Wolf Creek, The Belko Experiment).


In this Australian-Singaporean disaster horror film, it’s a tsunami that leaves a group of people stranded in a flooded grocery story. Mid-robbery no less. The devastation to the building, flooding, and volatile tensions between people would be enough to send stress levels into overdrive, but the tsunami also trapped a few hungry great white sharks in the store, too. While the plot setup sounds outlandish and implausible, Bait is way more fun than it sounds. Plus, at least one pass of the script was written by Russell Mulcahy (Highlander), who would’ve also directed if not for prior engagements. Mulcahy is no stranger to Australian nature-based horror having directed 1984’s Razorback.

Burning Bright

As if Kelly doesn’t have enough problems to deal with between her mother’s suicide and caring for her autistic brother, someone has sealed all the doors and windows in her house and let loose a ravenous tiger. She can’t call for help, either, because a hurricane has downed all phone communication. This movie deserves more of an audience than it’s received so far, and shares the most in common with Crawl in terms of basic plot- at least on paper. A modest budgeted thriller that brings genuine suspense, and the scenes with the tiger were well done.

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Author : Meagan Navarro

Publish date : 2019-07-10 20:48:25