Heading into theaters tonight is the disaster/killer animal mash-up Crawl, which was directed by Alexandre Aja and stars Kaya Scodelario and Barry Pepper. The story takes place in Florida in the midst of an impending hurricane, when a father and daughter get trapped inside their house, and must fend off several alligators who have invaded the domicile, as well as the horrific effects of the gargantuan storm that is also endangering their lives.

At a recent press day for Crawl, Daily Dead had the opportunity to sit down and chat with both Sam Raimi and Craig Flores, who produced the project, and during our interview, Flores discussed how Crawl felt unlike anything we have been seeing in the horror genre as of late, and how they hope this film will become a shared theatrical experience that summer moviegoers can enjoy together on the big screen. Raimi offered up his thoughts on why Aja was the perfect director to take on the ambitious aquatic-themed horrors in Crawl, and how Alex was able to utilize his previous experiences to rise to the challenges he faced on his latest directorial effort.

Also, prior to our junket, we were invited to see an alligator feeding at the Los Angeles Zoo, and this writer brought back some footage and pictures from that experience as well. Check out our interview with Flores and Raimi below, and look for Crawl in theaters later tonight, courtesy of Paramount Pictures.

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    About the Author - Heather Wixson

    After falling in love with the horror genre at a very early age, Heather Wixson has spent the last decade carving out a name for herself in the genre world as a both a journalist and as a proponent of independent horror cinema. Wixson is currently the Managing Editor for DailyDead.com, and was previously a featured writer at DreadCentral.com and TerrorTube.com where her online career began; she’s also been a contributor at FEARnet as well as a panelist for several of their online programs.

    Wixson recently finished her first book, Monster Squad: Celebrating the Artists Behind Cinema's Most Memorable Creatures, and is currently working on her second upcoming book project on special effects artists as well.

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