What The Craggus Saw started out as the occasional Facebook post about movies I’d seen.  I’d give films a score out of 10, then started adding a couple of lines comment plus the score and then a paragraph (or two) and a score and eventually, I found I wanted to say more so I moved my reviews off Facebook and into the blogosphere (do people still say blogosphere?).

Generally, I’ll try and stay spoiler-free – at least for new films (and if I do stray into Spoiler territory, it’ll be for a good reason and I’ll slap a warning across the top of the post). If I’m reviewing an old film or TV shows, I’ll discuss plot details if needed and although I have some understanding of the technical side of film-making, I’ll generally come at films and TV shows by how they made me and the family feel and how much I enjoyed it.

The blog started out being just about movie reviews, but now it’s branched out into TV reviews (especially “Star Trek” and “Doctor Who”) and general entertainment news and opinions. I even find time for the occasional book and video game review and, really, anything that piques my interest.

There’s a search bar on the homepage if you’re looking for a particular film or you can browse and search by year, genre, actor or anything else you can think of.

Who Is The Craggus?

I’m just a guy who loves the cinema, movies and genre TV in general. I don’t get to premieres or press screenings, I just go to the cinema as often as I can (and as often as my family will let me!) and I try to get to see films as soon after release as possible. Occasionally I’ll get it into my head to do a themed season of reviews.

The Mertmas

I’m also often accompanied by my fourteen-year-old son The Mertmas (his nickname/ nom de plume) so you’ll get two perspectives for the price of one on many films. Friday nights are movie nights in the Craggus household and pretty soon, you’ll be seeing Mertmas’ Friday Night Movies.

The Littlest Craggling

A cinema veteran since a few weeks shy of her second birthday, she started out writing our 5 Year Old Reviews column and now works on our 7 Year Old Reviews.

Sweetie G

What The Craggus Saw’s erstwhile baker and horror movie aficionado. Currently on an extended sabbatical, although she promises me she’s working on ‘something’ and it’ll come through soon.


Our resident TV correspondent, on the lookout for the shows which will Make TV Great Again. Fond of reviewing, fonder of binge-watching.

Superb Owl

Our Trailer correspondent. Usually only employed once a year to cover the Superbowl movie trailerpalooza, we’ve decided to keep him around on a permanent basis to cover any trailers of note and tell you whether the hype is worth giving a hoot.

Mr B

Our music correspondent, his identity is a closely guarded secret, known only to a few.

If you’d like to join the Craggus team, check out the “Contact Us” page.

15 Comments Add yours

  1. I see quite a few movies myself and so far your reviews have been spot on! When you get the chance I would recommend seeing We’re the Millers, it was really funny.

  2. quaiacom says:

    Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Laura O says:

    I’ve nominated you

    1. The Craggus says:

      Thank you for the nomination – I’ve just posted my Liebster acceptance post!

      1. Laura O says:


  4. vinnieh says:

    Loving your blog and thanks for following mine.

  5. Really cool idea to get your son’s perspective on movies too, inspirational stuff. Nice blog

  6. Movieash says:

    The reviews here are detailed, each element of a particular film is covered. I have noticed that review image, it makes this place cool. Your writing skills are really appreciable.

  7. David Windhorst says:

    Any kin to The Cragus? (“Creation of the Humanoids”)

    1. The Craggus says:

      Not to my knowledge. The double ‘g’ is very important!

      Looks like in the 1962 version it’s spelt ‘Cragis’ and in the 2009 short they go with ‘Kragus’. Perhaps we’re distant cousins?

      I hadn’t heard of the film’s before so I’ll definitely be checking them out!

      1. David Windhorst says:

        COTH is a hoot (have seen that character name spelled both ways, btw; I was lead to look up your blog after seeing your ID on io9). It’s been cited as “Andy Warhol’s favorite film.”

        1. The Craggus says:

          I’m trying to track down a copy. From Wikipedia, it sounds like it might have been the inspiration behind the ending to the recent reboot of Battlestar Galactica. If I can find it, I’ll review it!

  8. Bruce Kimmel says:

    Thanks for your review of The Creature Wasn’t Nice. Unfortunately, that’s not the film you’re reviewing. The film you’re reviewing is Spaceship (or Naked Space as some moron retitled it who was even more of a moron than the moron who retitled it in the first place. Spaceship, unfortunately, was a completely recut version of The Creature Wasn’t Nice, with scenes jumbled up incoherently, stock footage added, the voice of the computer changed along with its dialogue – it is, in short, a travesty. Since you have a photo of the recently released DVD of the original cut of the film, which IS The Creature Wasn’t Nice, you might at least want to see what the original intention of the film was and how it plays. I’d be happy to send it to you.

    1. Craig Holton says:

      Hi and thanks for dropping by and reading the review. It was hard to find a copy to watch and I would love to be able to see the film as it was originally conceived and if you’re able to send me a copy I’d be more than delighted to re-review the movie! You can reach me at

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