Originally “The Crypt of the Crystal Lich” on AOL Hometown (didn’t know there’d be an Age Test, didja?) MovieCrypt.com 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.
It was created around the same time as Ain’t It Cool, Dark Horizons, C.H.U.D. dot com, and NeedCoffee. Our change came when the free page hosting faltered under the weight of thousands of new sites; MovieCrypt.com had to be moved to a new host server with a true domain name.
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, MovieCrypt.com 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 MovieCrypt.com 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. MovieCrypt.com 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, Grim D’s new look and a pending crypt update for a new set of Reaper Rants is gearing up, making MovieCrypt.com bigger and badder than ever.
Grim D’s look received a much-needed upgrade along with a new logo based upon the YinYang Crossed-Scythes design on his chain mail mantle. Watch this space for more REAPER MADNESS to come!