Alligator fun facts to prepare you for disaster horror film ‘Crawl’

Crawl, Paramount Pictures’ surprise box-office hit in the U.S., will soon terrorize Filipino audiences when it opens here on August 7.

The critically acclaimed, nail-biting horror-thriller is directed by Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes) and produced by Craig Flores (300) and Sam Raimi (Don’t Breathe, Evil Dead).

When a massive hurricane hits her Florida hometown, Haley (Kaya Scodelario of The Maze Runner franchise) ignores evacuation orders to search for her missing father (Barry Pepper of Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials). Finding him gravely injured in the crawl space of their family home, the two become trapped by quickly encroaching floodwaters. As time runs out to escape the strengthening storm, Haley and her father discover that the rising water level is the least of their fears.

In conjunction with the upcoming release of Crawl, get a load of the following interesting facts that make gators such fascinating predators!


Death Roll: Alligators perform an inescapable spinning maneuver called a “death roll” to subdue and dismember prey.

Teeth: Alligators have 80 razor sharp teeth at a time.

Vision: Alligators have natural night vision. They can track prey in total darkness.

Speed: Alligators can reach a running speed of 25mph in extremely short bursts (they tire easily), while in water they can swim at 20mph without tiring.

Size: Alligators can grow up to 15 ft long. The average alligator is 11ft long and they can weigh up to 1000 pounds.

Bite Force: An alligator bite can apply 2,125psi (Poundforce per square inch) one of the most powerful bites in the animal kingdom. For reference, a human bite is on average 162psi. Ancestry: Alligators have been around for over 37 million years.

Digestion: Their stomach acids have a pH of less than 2—in the range of lemon juice and vinegar—and most soft-bodied prey is totally digested in two to three days.

Crawl is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures. #CrawlMoviePH

Kuya Bodjie Pascua, child star Miel Espinoza whip up miracles in multi-awarded ‘Pan de Salawal’

An inspiring motion picture starring a cast led by a veteran actor and a fast-rising child actress became one of the most notable films of last year’s Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival. And now audiences can watch it in movie theaters nationwide beginning July 24, 2019!

Pan de Salawal is a heartwarming and hilarious tale starring celebrated actor Bodjie Pascua as Sal, a baker with a kidney problem, and young sensation Miel Espinoza as Aguy, a wandering kid with healing powers. Playing important are: Soliman Cruz, Madeleine Nicolas, Ruby Ruiz, Anna Luna, Felix Roco, JM Salvado, Ian Lomongo, Lorenzo Aguila, who make up the cast of characters whose lives are touched by Aguy. The film is the first full-length feature of writer/director Che Espiritu. It is produced by US-based CineFocus Productions in association with Urbanflix Philippines. 

To children growing up in the 1990s, Bodjie Pascua is a familiar face; they knew him as the cheerful and energetic Kuya Bodjie in the children’s show Batibot. As the pessimistic and weakly Sal, Kuya Bodjie does a 180-degree turn to tug at the hearts of viewers. His moving portrayal earned for him a Best Actor nod in the Gawad Tanglaw Awards. 

Miel, as Aguy meanwhile, is the perfect foil to the dour Sal. As Che remarks, “Miel and Kuya Bodjie create a lasting and endearing chemistry as Aguy and Sal.”

Miel as Aguy.

Only seven years old when she made Pan de Salawal, Miel felt right at home with her more experienced co-stars. Her spunky performance earned for her a Special Jury Prize for Acting at the 14th Cinemalaya Film Festival, as well as a Best Child Actor nomination from the PMPC Star Awards for Movies, who also nominated the entire Pan de Salawal cast for Best Acting Ensemble. Pan de Salawal also opened doors for Miel to be cast in ABS-CBN teleseryes, and in other films such as the rom-com Elise and the upcoming zombie flick, Block Z.

One could say that Pan de Salawal has become a gift to those who are part of it and it is their gift to the audience. 

For the cast, their involvement is their contribution to the health advocacy that is part of the film’s message. 

For CineFocus producers Herb Kimble and Matthew Godbey, it is a gesture of gratitude. Herb said in a previous interview, “I have committed to making films in the Philippines as a way of saying thank you to my fellow Filipino friends who have helped me gain success as a BPO entrepreneur in the Philippines.” 

‘Pan De Salawal’ writer-director Che Espiritu.

For writer-director Che, it is her tribute to the fantasy genre of the 90s that she grew up with. “Classic family-oriented and fantasy films like Magic Temple and Wansapanataym, The Movie,inspired me to dream… I hope Pan de Salawal can open doors to reviving this genre that sparked our imagination.” 

For more information about Pan de Salawal, follow its movie page on Facebook and like the Solar Pictures Facebook page.

Miel and Kuya Bodjie in ‘Pan De Salawal.’