DVD Review: SCRAWL

SCRAWL was written and directed by Peter Hearn and stars Liam Hughes, Joe Daly, Annabelle Le Gresley, Ellie Selwood,Mark Forester Evans, Le Gresley, Nathalie Pownall, Catherine Ruddick, Derek Jones and Daisy Ridley.

Simon Goodman (Liam Hughes) is a 16-year boy living in a rundown seaside town. With his best friend Joe Harper (Joe Daly), they create a comic book called SCRAWL as a way to escape their reality, gain some notoriety and more importantly pick up girls. Annie Williams (Annabelle Le Gresley), a girl who hides behind her camera and cannot forget the past gets wrapped up in the boys new world, along with Joe’s sister Rosie (Ellie Selwood) and suddenly, with the appearance of a mysterious girl, Hannah (Daisy Ridley), events in the comic book start to invade their reality and situations in the comic book come to life.

At first its great, girls start to become interested in the boys, and all seems fun, but then the monsters of the comic book begin to show themselves, and the boys realize that the comic depicts a bloody great massacre at page 21. With the help of Joes father, Frank (Mark Forester Evans), family and friends, the boys are forced to face their horrific imagination made real. Are Simon and Joe able to change their new found reality? Only if they can rewrite death.

Okay, Simon and his best friend Joe have this comic book and things in it are coming to life around them. Bad things. People they know are either getting hurt or dying and it looks like Hannah has something to do with it. She’s a manifestation of the comic book who wants Simon to keep writing so it’ll let Hannah unleash her wrath on whoever she wants. That’s what I got out of it so I think that’s what went down. Maybe?

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features an image from the movie. The DVD disc also features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, I guess I had high hopes for Scrawl because Daisy Ridley is in it but unfortunately it didn’t do anything for me. The concept is interesting because I’m a fan of comic book horror and we don’t get nearly enough of this sub-genre but the story or the editing for this movie is a complete mess. It might be a combination of both because the movie doesn’t make much sense at all. Scrawl spends so much time with its characters walking around doing nothing that it gets extremely boring and that’s a shame because there is potential here. It does pick up a little and get watchable in the final act but unfortunately it’s still not enough to salvage this train wreck. Scrawl is now available on DVD but watch at your own risk. It’s not that good of a watch but if you’re a Daisy Ridley fan then go ahead and try to indulge.

Distributor: Wild Eye Releasing

Run Time: 82 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Video: Widescreen

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles: English

Special Features: The extras include some audio commentary, a short film, a behind-the-scenes featurette and cast interviews.

  • Audio Commentary
  • Motto – A Short Film (10:22)
  • Behind-the-Scenes featurette (19:14)
  • Cast Interviews (28:49)
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