By Lynn Tackitt
Once upon a time, there was a man with a vision. His vision was to make a film. A film that would scare you, make you squirm a little in your seat, make your heart beat a little faster and when it was all over make you want to watch it all over again.
What was the man’s name? His name is Oklahoma Ward. He raised funding, built his set, worked on the script, the editing, the cinematography, and he directed. Produced along with Nikki Alonso, who also stars in the film, they gathered other talented individuals to round out the vision.
They took a familiar plot, where you are following an elite security team with the task of getting a valuable package to its destination, unharmed. There, is where it stops. Oklahoma took a turn into the horror venue that makes you think about different types of horrors.
Different things scare different people on many levels. Something chasing them, something that means them harm and they feel like they can’t get away, the feeling that they will fail, and the dreaded feeling of being trapped to the point of suffocation. “Crawl or Die” covers all of these. The most terrifying is the long trek through the pipe system where it is so close they can’t turn around and they are not sure what is around the next bend. Is it the next length of pipe or is it a dead end? Will they find a way out to safety or will they suffocate?
Nikki Alonso, plays Tank, a no frills, going to get it done no matter what, type of woman. She is tough, she is persistent and she does not seem to know the word fail. As she struggles through the pipe system, you feel the desperation to get the mission completed, and more than that, you feel just how tight those walls are closing in on her. She delivers a solid performance of a hero that will not ever give up on anyone else’s, but her, terms.
Mr. Ward is planning for a trilogy of movies, hopefully to cover more story lines regarding the team. He has a vision, he has driven, he knows that all movies do not have to sail along at a fast pace to get the horror of a situation across to the viewer.
Be sure to listen at the voice singing the songs in the film. That voice, is none other than the multi-talented Ms. Alonso. Ward & Alonso, what a great team. Now that they got their feet wet, watch out for what they can do.
Crawl or Die was released in August 2014 on DVD and if you haven’t seen it yet, you could be cheating yourself or a good scare. Keep in mind this film is not one of those slash ‘em up type of films where there is someone dangerous around every corner. The danger is the not knowing, will they be free around the next bend? What is following them? Will they get the package delivered safe and sound and complete the mission? Sounds like a lot of questions, better answered with the lights out with snacks on movie night. Word to the wise though, if you get claustrophobic, have a bag nearby in case of hyperventilating.
Available now on Amazon.