Retrospective

Teenage Rebels: Five great films exploring adolescent rebellion

We have all been there, those teenage years where you feel like nothing fits. Your very soul caught in a no-mans-land where joy and humour can quickly descend into the darkest of moods. While at the same time, parents are mere enforcers of stupid rules and peer groups reign supreme. Of course, the experience was different for each and every …

1990s Children’s Movies: Kids Mix Winter 2020/21

Winter 2020/21 Edition Every quarter we bring you four top picks for younger viewers. And with the winter season ahead we take you back to the 1990s with a selection of classic children’s movies. Kids Mix Winter 2020/21 features; A Muppet Christmas Carol (U), The Adventures of Huck Finn (PG), Jumanji (PG) and Free Willy (U). The Muppet Christmas Carol …

Noirvember: Seven lesser-known film noirs

Noir is probably one of the most discussed, analysed and praised genres of the classical Hollywood era. With the period between 1941 and 1958 heralding a range of classics that started with John Huston’s ​The Maltese Falcon, and ended with Orson Welles’ ​Touch of Evil. But, what about the films that were overshadowed by some of the big hitters of …

V for Vendetta (2006) – Remember Remember the fifth of November

“Remember remember the fifth of NovemberGunpowder, treason and plot.I see no reason why gunpowder treasonShould ever be forgot…” Let me take you to a world where divisive leaders rule; a recent pandemic instils fear, and public trust is placed into the hands of right-wing zealots. This is the London of 2028 in V for Vendetta. But, it may also sound …

Good Boys – From the Archive (November 2020)

Good Boys was originally reviewed on the 13th August 2019 There is always an inherent risk in placing adult-themed comedy into the hands of a ‘tween’ cast of actors. With the result, more often than not, leading to an uncomfortable mix of kids, foul language and sexualised jokes. Good Boys, therefore, had a difficult path to walk in ensuring its …

Killer Clothes Special: The Crypt (November 2020)

November 2020 The Crypt is back with our Killer Clothes special. After all, what could be scarier than your jeans having a mind of their own, or your new dress having a taste for human blood. Not to mention that retro jacket you love inspiring a killing spree. So, for god sake shut the wardrobe doors and avoid the sinister …

Libeled Lady (1936) – Marriage is too important…Mine only lasted an hour

Screwball comedies are known for their fast-paced dialogue and farcical ‘battle of the sexes’ conflict. But, Jack Conway’s Libeled Lady (1936) is one of the rare examples within the genre of a film that prioritises plot over witty one-liners. Screwball comedy reflects the period of its birth more than many other sub-genres, with its mix of romantic comedy and satirical …

Cults and Sects: Three top movies exploring the world of the cult

Cult (2019) Director: Luke Ibbetson Cast: Neil Allen, James Barnes, Anthony Bullinger, Calvin Crawley, Marianne Chase, Luke Ibbetson, Edward Cole, Kyle Chase, Jacqueline Kirwan, Althyr Pivatto Genre: Comedy/Drama Luke Ibbetson’s debut feature film shines with originality, humour and engaging performances. In a superb mockumentary, that follows the final few months of a Cornish cult named F.A.T.E (Friends at the End). Its small …

8 Great Halloween Night Movies: Crypt Special

The pumpkins are carved, the candles are lit, and the snacks are ready; all you need now is a great Halloween night movie to add to the atmosphere. So settle back as we bring you a great selection of top-rated Halloween night flicks. Each one handpicked to help you celebrate the night the dead come out to play under the …

The Kids Aren’t Alright – Who Can Kill a Child? / The Children and Eden Lake

October 2020 The Crypt is back with our ‘The Kids Aren’t Alright’ special. After all, what could be scarier than subverted innocence, and the fear of little cherubs turning on adults with glee. So this Halloween, lock the doors and whatever you do avoid the children. As we look back at three truly terrifying horrors that prove the kids aren’t …