SCRAWL (2013) Reviews and overview

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‘The comic book that kills’

Scrawl is a 2015 British supernatural horror feature film written, produced and directed by Peter Hearn (Dead Air). The movie stars Mark Forester Evans, Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker), Liam Hughes and Chris Casey.


A boy writes a comic book with his best friend and finds situations depicted in the comic book coming to life. Along with the appearance of a mysterious girl, the boy is forced to face the reality of what he has written and begins a battle to attempt to rewrite death…


“Generally Scrawl has a fairly naturalistic look, and the camerawork tends to emphasise the characters rather than the settings, but it still has a moody and compellingly odd atmosphere due in part to Dan Hall’s score which is heard throughout most of the picture […] The cast mostly do a good job considering some of them have never acted before.” Horror Cult Films

” …virtually incoherent horror-fantasy, which takes too long to explain itself and gives us no one to root for. The scrappy editing style makes it uninvolving rather than edgy, and it’s not enlivened by bursts of bludgeoning gore. The very low budget shows, but a wittier script with more interesting characters could have transcended the project’s modest origins.” HorrorScreams VideoVault

Cast and characters:

Mark Forester Evans … Frank
Daisy Ridley … Hannah
Liam Hughes … Simon
Joe Daly … Joe
Annabelle Le Gresley … Annie
Nathalie Pownall … Eve
Elizabeth Boag … Georgie
Chris Casey … Michael
Ellie Selwood … Rosie
Morag Sims … Claire
Catherine Ruddick … Charlie
Derek Jones … The Caretaker
PennyJo Koviou … Jenny
Alice May Ferngrove … Ellen
Charlotte Butler … Young Annie

Filming locations:

Southampton and Sparsholt, Hampshire, England

Technical details:

82 minutes


Scrawl originally premiered at the Fright Night Film Festival and Zed Fest Film Festival in 2015, although it was apparently filmed in 2013.

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