Since 1998

Originally “The Crypt of the Crystal Lich” on AOL Hometown (didn’t know there’d be an Age Test, didja?) our little site has been around in one form or another since back in the old days of “handles” when the Internet was a shiny new mess and Windows ME (Millennium Edition) clearly sucked.

Created around the same time as Ain’t It Cool, Dark Horizons, CHUD, NeedCoffee, and RottenTomatoes (of which we are a contributor), moved to a new host server with a true domain name on June 4th, 1998.

The Wayback Machine shows the first recorded site capture April 18, 2000 with the slogan “Movie reviews for the undead” and the signature “This site is © 1999 Kevin A Ranson. They’re making me do this.”

In 2001, briefly joined the FanGEN network in an attempt to monetize. Movie Showtimes were provided by Zap2it, people had “Minion Mail,” and The Minion Boards were fans of the page went to sound off. The host was still “The Crystal Lich.” Some of the original graphics still survive.

At the end of 2002, the “Fatal Blue” design gave way to the “Headstone Gray” theme as we joined the Online Film Critics Society. The slogan was “News. Reviews. Undead.”

After an attempt to convert to a Webzine (remember those?), WordPress became our CMS in 2008 as we shifted to the “Blood Theme.” The Crystal Lich retired to allow Grim D. Reaper to take on full hosting duties since 2006 (being more photogenic and, well, animated than a crystal skull).

By 2013, hosting had been moved to WordPress dot com and Grim D. Reaper appeared fully across social media. shifted to the “Dames Point Cemetery” theme featured in the header and Syfy dot com really liked us! We also began using the “Inverted Hollywood Star” MC logo.

By 2015, Grim D’s look had evolved to facilitate the “Movie Crypt” theme of the new interior sets. The brand had been diluted by the appearance of other Movie Crypt sites and/or podcasts that did not have our domain name (or us, for that matter)… but we’re still here. The “Texas Blackstar Logo” become featured upon our header.

Now in 2017, a new set of video Reaper Rants is gearing up in addition to our usual reviews, making bigger and badder than ever.

Grim D’s evolving look also received a much-needed upgrade along with a new logo, a symbol based upon the YinYang Crossed-Scythes design on his chain mail mantle. Refined from store-bought costuming to an ensemble of custom-crafted art pieces, Grim D. Reaper looks and feels cooler than ever. From the designer:

“Damn straight it does — and I’ve invested well to ensure that. My original off-the-shelf outfit as pieced together breathed so little I couldn’t keep it on for more than two hours… even with frequent breaks. Not only did it look like I’d been pushed into a swimming pool afterward, my skin was shriveled up like a prune, too. As I’ve refined it with moisture-wicking materials, breathable porous fabrics and other refinements, I can wear it for an entire day — mask and all — and the individual custom pieces look damn good. Yay, modern technology!”

Watch this space for more REAPER MADNESS to come! Rock n’ roll and metal!