A cute dog in a movie where the main villains are hungry alligators? In any other movie, the dog would probably end up gator food, but not in “Crawl.” Not only does Sugar — the shaggy terrier star of Alexandre Aja’s film — survive, he actually becomes a key player in the central family’s struggle to avoid being eaten.
College swimmer Haley (Kaya Scodelario) returns to her hometown in order to ensure her estranged father Dave (Barry Pepper) is safe as a Category 5 hurricane approaches. There, she finds the adorable Sugar, but Dave is quickly injured by a growing horde of alligators. With help from Sugar, Haley and Dave are eventually able to fight off the gators, resulting in the rare horror movie where none of the main characters die.
It should also be noted that Haley swims for the University of Florida, home of the Gators. Hah.
It cannot be overstated just how important Sugar becomes in “Crawl.” This dog is obviously extremely scared, but it’s still loyal enough to briefly distract the alligators and play dead so they don’t suspect a thing. If there’s any dog that deserves to survive a horror movie, it’s Sugar. Although honestly, all dogs should be guaranteed safety at all times.