Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Sarah Oh, Michael Ranallo, Cristen Irene
Director: Craig McMahon
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Six young criminals break into hidden catacombs underneath their town, and attempt to steal jewelry buried from the Great Depression only to find inhabitants guarding the precious belongings. After being trapped in this da... more »
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MovieCa | 08/19/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am beginning to realize how reviews on movies has no effect on my choices any more and this movie the Crypt is a great example of why. The trailer looked interesting enough to me and I was surprised to find it is a movie that has a style of its own. The creatures were very cool but yet creepy mindless killers that had one thing in common, to protect their stuff. The acting was actually pretty good except for one of the group members, but that character was offed early on with bittersweet keen sense of humor. I found myself laughing when I should be feeling sorry for the unfortunate soul. That's when I understood the director's voice. I never listen to commentaries on DVD's but this one was actually as interesting as the movie. I rented then bought the movie."
A VERY GOOD LOW BUDGET HORROR MOVIE
Robert Speer | NY | 09/19/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Hey no video stores here in NY by me carried it but I love Horror. What I got was was a Very Good Horror film. The Making off was very interesting, where and how it was filmed. What I would say you get was a low budget Descent type Horror film. Look I have seen them all Big Budget , No Budget, lousing acting. But I have to say w/o giving too much away I think you will be Pleasantly surprised."
A surprisingly creepy and suspenseful horror thriller
Daniel Jolley | Shelby, North Carolina USA | 07/15/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Having just suffered through Reborn, I don't know what possessed me to turn around and watch another Craig McMahon movie - but I'm glad I did because The Crypt is a deliciously creepy little film. Unlike the utter nonsense of Reborn, The Crypt has a decent storyline, atmosphere, suspense, and even subtlety. It's hard for me to believe the same man wrote and directed both of these films. I was actually talking back to the screen during this film's final ten minutes of action. I wouldn't say the ending is unconventional, but I certainly didn't expect things to play out the way they did. Clearly, Craig McMahon has some talent and potential, after all.
It was supposed to be an easy job. There are a bunch of rich, Depression-era dead people buried in a maze of crypts underneath the city, just waiting for some enterprising young criminals to come down and relieve them of their riches (the dead folks apparently thought the government was going to try and take their treasures, so they took them to the grave with them). Of course, we all know from the film's opening scene that grave robbing can be a dangerous pastime down in the Crypt - but the modern-day characters in the story don't know that. Still, when Gina (Abra May) first broaches the subject with her friends, none of them are enthusiastic to say the least - but the lure of those buried riches soon changes their way of thinking. Soon after the six criminals make their way into the crypt, it starts to become clear that something is very wrong down there. At first, it manifests as shadows in individuals' peripheral vision, but as soon as they rake in their first haul the whole edifice seems to rock and shift, blocking the way out in the process. The six soon become separated into three groups, and that is when the underground monsters come out to play - and to punish those would dare steal from the very coffins of the dead.
The lovely Sarah Oh shines in this film as the most reluctant member of the group, but I thought the acting was pretty good all the way around. The special effects are also well-done, making the inhabitants of the crypt genuinely creepy in appearance. I also thought the pacing of the film was quite good, which necessarily contributes to the overall creepiness of the whole experience. If you're as claustrophobic as I am, all of the time spent in the crypts is even more unsettling. It is not nearly as intense as The Descent (Original Unrated Cut) [Widescreen Edition](a film which might well have inspired The Crypt), but it's there - and you can feel it.
Given the way the film ends, it's clear that Craig McMahon put some real thought into the story - with the exception of one scene early on. It's a great scene, actually, but it really has no purpose in the context of the overall story and is quickly brushed aside. That is obviously a problem, but it did little to temper my enjoyment of The Crypt. I didn't think Craig McMahon had it in him, but this is a darn good horror film."
'The CRYPT' is FUN to watch!
Jennifer M. Hensley | Hawaii | 12/13/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm really getting gutsy these days when it comes to buying Horror that I haven't seen yet! I don't read any reviews and take a gamble! I'm glad I did with this one because it kept my attention throughout the whole flick. The story is very entertaining and I LOVE what the creator(s) have done with the ghostly zombie concept! Those glowing eyes are crazy! I think this is the first flick I've ever seen ghosts depicted like that. Not loaded with gore but it didn't need that. Most horrors these days tend to go that route. There are some scenes in this flick that did manage to spook me slightly haha. So for that, being that its a low-budget zombie-like ghost flick, it deserves a five star rating in my opinion. My favorite part would have to be the 'car scene'! That was creepy!"