‘The Lighthouse’ 2015. Director / Co-Writer.
Based on the infamous Smalls Island Incident of 1801 ‘The Lighthouse’ follows Thomas Howell and Thomas Griffith’s disastrous posting to Smalls Island Lighthouse to ‘keep the light’ 25 miles from land and surrounded by the deadly Irish sea. The men are stranded in a freak storm that rages for months, nothing short of an act of God. The film tells a tale of death, madness and isolation; a desolate trip into the heart of human darkness. ‘The Lighthouse’ stars Michael Jibson (The Bank Job, Les Misérables) and Mark Lewis Jones (Master And Commander, Child 44, Game Of Thrones)
‘The Lighthouse’ was released Summer 2016 by Soda Pictures, and has recently received 5 BAFTA Cymru nominations for: Director – Chris Crow, Actor – Mark Lewis Jones, Editing – John Gillanders, Photography and Lighting – Alex Metcalfe, and Special and Visual Effects, Titles and Graphic Identity – Dogs Of Annwn.
“The Lighthouse is never less than a tense, immersive experience, deftly and cleanly realised by Crow and with effects so subtle they barely register as effects at all. In an entirely different league to so much of today’s cheap, derivative fodder”. 8/10, Paul Mount, Starburst Magazine.
“While an effective psychological drama through suspenseful tension and a haunting quality, beneath its skin, Crow’s genre film is so much more. With its deep and profound undercurrents it illuminates the potential for genre to be as intellectually vital and important as art cinema”. Paul Risker, Film Frame.
“The Lighthouse is the best Welsh film of the year. It’s a tense psychological drama where the greatest danger lurks inside the imagination”. Rob Aldam, Backseat Mafia.
‘Viking: The Darkest Day’ 2012. Director / Co-Writer. .
‘Viking: The Darkest Day’ follows a young novice Monk Hereward and his Master Aethelstan as they attempt to flee the Viking devastation brought to Lindisfarne and carry the holy gospels to the safety of Iona. Their quest becomes a brutal journey into the heart of darkness as they attempt to cross the savage badlands of Dark Ages Britain.
‘Viking: The Darkest Day’ stars Marc Pickering (Sleepy Hollow, Calendar Girls), Mark Lewis Jones (Master And Commander, Game Of Thrones), Joshua Richards (Troy, Devil’s Bridge), Michael Jibson (The Bank Job, Les Misérables), Elen Rhys (World War Z, Panic Button)
‘Viking: The Darkest Day’ was released in 2013 by Signature Entertainment (UK) Lionsgate /Grindstone (North America) Condor Entertainment (France) and Tiberius Film (Germany) And despite the American cover, there are no horned helmets in the film!
“If you have room in your heart for a brooding, evocative historical drama set in some of early Medieval Britain’s most troubled times, then you would be hard-pressed to find a better one than this. I – perhaps predictably – loved this film”. Keri O’Shea, Warped Perspective.
‘Panic Button’ 2011 – Director / Co-Writer.
Four young people win a competition of a lifetime; Jo (Scarlett Alice Johnson – Adulthood) Max (Jack Gordon – Heartless) Gwen (Elen Rhys – Season Of The Witch) and Dave (Michael Jibson – The Bank Job) head off on an all expenses paid trip to New York, courtesy of social network All2gethr.com. As they board the private jet, they are asked to relinquish their mobile phones and take part in the inflight entertainment – a new online gaming experience.
‘Panic Button’ received its World Premiere at Film4 FrightFest in 2011 and has sold to the UK, US, Canada, France, Germany, Benelux, Scandinavia, Australia, Turkey, Russia, Japan and Korea.
“Panic Button is a breath of fresh air, a modern, original twist on a familiar narrative form. Keeping up an impressively tense atmosphere, this is a film that thrills as it makes you think.” Nia Edwards-Behi, Brutal as Hell.
“The film-makers behind PANIC BUTTON have trodden fertile ground with this movie and absolutely succeeded in making a gripping modern horror movie that is very much a product of our times. Just excellent.” – Ain’t It Cool News.
“After I attended the first Cannes screening of Chris Crow’s smartly inventive and gripping thriller, I immediately contacted the producer and bagged it for Film4 Fright Fest. Both timely and terrifying – think The Social Network meets Saw – its deft script is extremely clever. A perfectly formed, perfect killer chiller that genuinely disturbs and confronts.” – Alan Jones, Film 4 FrightFest.
‘Devil’s Bridge’ 2010 – Writer / Director.
Sean takes his two friends into the rural wilds of Wales in search of an underworld specialist who can illegally revive his failing business. Deep in alien, isolated territory, they accidentally cross William Parry, a broken and desperate farmer dangerously hateful and paranoid of all around him. The situation spins rapidly out of control, spiraling into a horrific Heart of Darkness spree of pointless violence and revenge as Parry hunts the three friends across the stark and unforgiving terrain.’Devil’s Bridge’ stars Joseph Millson (Casino Royale, Survivors, TELSTAR) Joshua Richards (Troy, Very Annie Mary, Dr Sleep) Michael Jibson (The Bank Job, Flyboys, Les Les Misérables) Gary Mavers (Say Goodbye, Needle, Blue Murder) and David Schofield (Gladiator, Pirates Of The Caribbean, From Hell)
‘Devil’s Bridge’ is distributed by EOne, the film enjoyed a theatrical release followed by VOD and DVD.
“A dark, thoughtful film, which offers characters to care about and a murky
depiction of right and wrong. Simple and exhilarating. . . ” – Nia Edwards-Behi , Brutal as Hell .
“A British ‘Deliverance’ A white-knuckle ride into the darkest depths of terror ” –
“Crow tells his tale with energy, economy and a very specific creative vision.” – Starburst Magazine.