Crazyhead (TV series)

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Crazyhead
Genre Comedy-horror
Written by Howard Overman
Directed by Al Mackay and Declan O'Dwyer
Starring
Music by Stuart Hancock
Country of origin United Kingdom
Ireland
United States
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 6
Production
Executive producer(s) Julian Murphy, Johnny Capps
Howard Overman
Producer(s) Gareth Williams
Production location(s) Bristol, England, UK
Running time 60 minutes (including commercials)
Production company(s) Urban Myth Films
Distributor StudioCanal
Release
Original network E4 (UK and Ireland)
Netflix (international)
Picture format 16:9 1080i
Audio format Stereo
Original release 19 October (2016-10-19) – 23 November 2016 (2016-11-23)

Crazyhead (previously announced as Crazy Face) is a British comedy-horror[1] television series created by Misfits creator Howard Overman[2] who also serves as an executive producer on the show with his company Urban Myth Films.

The six-part series premiered on E4 on 19 October 2016 in the United Kingdom, and internationally on 16 December 2016 on Netflix.[3] The series is filmed in Bristol[4] and is a Channel 4 and Netflix co-production.

In 2017 the show picked up 3 RTS West of England awards for Best Sound, Best Design and Best On-Screen Performance for Wokoma as "Raquel".

As of July 2017 there will be no second season due to Channel 4 pulling out of commission.[5]

Despite cancellation, Crazyhead was acquired by UK Netflix in February 2018.

Cast[edit]

  • Cara Theobold as Amy,[2] an unhappy bowling alley worker who is a reluctant and rare 'seer' - someone who sees demons hiding in society.
  • Susan Wokoma as Raquel Francis,[2] a socially awkward, lonely 'seer' and self made demon hunter who befriends Amy.
  • Arinze Kene as Tyler,[2] Raquel's brother, who shares an attraction with Amy and knows nothing of his sister's demon hunting.
  • Lewis Reeves as Jake,[2] Amy's best friend from school and work colleague. He has noticeable feelings for Amy but they aren't mutual.
  • Riann Steele as Suzanne,[2] Amy's best friend who turns into a revenant.
  • Luke Allen-Gale as Sawyer, a demon with powers and Raquel's father.
  • Charlie Archer as Harry, a demon who promised Raquel's father that he'd protect Raquel. He then later develops feelings for her.
  • Tony Curran as Callum,[2] a powerful demon, disguised as Raquel's psychiatrist.

Recurring[edit]

  • Lu Corfield as Mercy,[2] a demon moonlighting as a single mum whilst aiding Callum in his plan. She killed Raquel's father, Sawyer.
  • Billy Seymour as Dylan, a demon and one of Callum's henchmen.

Episode list[edit]

Series 1 (2016)[edit]

No.
overall
EpisodeDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) 
1A Very Trippy HorseAl MackayHoward Overman19 October 2016 (2016-10-19)0.26
After being attacked by a Demon only she can see, Amy is saved by Raquel, a demon hunter. From here she knows that she's not alone and isn't crazy, even though she has to see her Psychiatrist Callum. Despite Raquel's quirks Amy is desperate for her help when a demon passes on to its nearest host, Amy's best friend and roommate Suzanne. Together they need to perform an exorcism to free her which fails and kills her.
2A Pine Fresh ScentAl MackayHoward Overman26 October 2016 (2016-10-26)N/A
After accidentally killing Suzanne, Amy and Raquel are forced into burying her in the forest. Upon arriving home, Raquel bumps into a man whom once saved her before from Demons, this man is her father and also a demon. Callum puts out a squad of Demon hench men to do his work and attack them all.
3Shave the CatAl MackayHoward Overman2 November 2016 (2016-11-02)0.28
Suzanne returns from the dead as a revenant with a hunger for human flesh. Amy and Raquel take her captive and try to hide her in the country. Raquel meets Harry, a young man who seems to like her. Suzanne is captured by Callum.
4Penguin or Cow?Declan O'DwyerHoward Overman9 November 2016 (2016-11-09)0.30
Amy and Raquel attempt to rescue Suzanne, who is being forced to entice Amy to her location so the demons can kill her. Amy frees Suzanne but is locked in a lift with Suzanne, who is hungry. Amy feeds Suzanne her own blood, and the demons free her thinking she Suzanne has killed Amy, leading Suzanne to jump out of a window with one of the demons, killing them both.
5Downward Facing DogDeclan O'DwyerHoward Overman16 November 2016 (2016-11-16)0.30
Raquel goes on a date with Harry, who turns out to be a demon hunter and sent by Raquel's dad to protect her. However Amy has a premonition that Harry will attack her. Amy and Jake are captured by the demons, but are rescued by Harry and Raquel. Harry is shot and taken to hospital where he is shown to be a demon in disguise and part of a plan to start the end of the world.
6Beaver With a ChainsawDeclan O'DwyerHoward Overman23 November 2016 (2016-11-23)0.27
Raquel is captured by the demons and held at their Halloween party where they plan to use her to start the end of the world and open the gates of Hell. Amy and Jake attend the party but Amy is captured. When Harry is revealed to be a demon, Raquel inadvertently opens the gates of hell, releasing the demons. However Amy talks her down and the gate is closed. Jake is later revealed to have been possessed but Amy conducts a successful exorcism on him. A few weeks later, Suzanne is shown to be revived and watching Amy and Raquel from a distance as they track down the remaining demons.

Reception[edit]

The show has received generally positive reviews. The Guardian described the show as 'disturbing and excellent' as well as 'fizzy and fun.' They also praised the double act of Cara Theobold and Susan Wokoma.[6] The Daily Telegraph described the show as 'bright, punchy and [a] genuinely funny series'.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Crazyhead, new series from Misfits creator, to debut on E4 & Netflix". Channel 4 (Press release). 9 May 2016. Retrieved 26 January 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Lesley Goldberg (9 May 2016). "Netflix Nabs Exorcism Comedy 'Crazy Face' From 'Misfits' Creator". Hollwoood Reporter. Retrieved 24 May 2016. 
  3. ^ Christopher Hooten (9 May 2016). "Crazy Face: Misfits creator lands new E4 and Netflix drama about 'angst and exorcism'". Independent. Retrieved 24 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "New E4 comedy horror CRAZYHEAD begins Weds 19th Oct". The Bottle Yard Studios. 18 October 2016. Retrieved 26 January 2017. 
  5. ^ Susan Wokoma [@susan_wokoma] (17 July 2017). "Lots of people have asked & no, #Crazyhead is no more. Good to know @BuzzFeed (& so many of u lot) know a gem eh?!…" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  6. ^ Mumford, Gwilym (18 October 2016). "Crazyhead: the teen demons taking over TV". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 January 2017. 
  7. ^ Gee, Catherine (19 October 2016). "Crazyhead: bright, punchy and genuinely funny, review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 26 January 2017. 

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