Written and created by BAFTA award winner Howard Overman, best known for creating the sci-fi hit misfits, Crazy head is one of his lesser-known but entertaining works. While it’s a six-part series with only one season, it’s compelling because of its salacious and hilarious take on demon hunters, female friendships, and supernatural romance.
Now available on Netflix, this British horror comedy stars Cara Theobold (Ivy, the kitchen maid in downton abbey) as Amy and Susan Wokoma (Helen in truth seekers) as Raquel, two best friends with the ability to see demons. These powers make them targets of supernatural forces, all while dealing with the challenges of being a young adult. Crazy head brings something new to the demon slaying genre by mixing strong but awkward female friendships, reminiscent of grace and frankie‘s friendship and antics, with the horror of fighting demons, as seen in warrior nun‘s battle against the spawns of hell.
Crazyhead enjoys the parallels with Buffy and the Misfits
The series shares some parallels with the iconic buffy the vampire slayer, particularly with the portrayals of the characters, as both feature young women with powers battling the forces of evil. From here, Crazy head takes a more comedic approach as the two friends, armed with knowledge from Wikipedia and weapons bought on eBay, try to figure things out for themselves. This leads them to grope their way through demonic encounters, with Amy, in one case, questioning whether she needs to relieve herself for her possessed friend Suzanne as part of an exorcism Raquel encountered in line.
fans of the misfits The series will find a similar style of comedy in this show, which is witty and self-aware. Like Howard Overman did in misfits and now in Crazy head, supernatural/sci-fi settings are used as a tool to explore the realities these youngsters face. At first, Amy seeks help with her mental health as she keeps having hallucinations, but she discovers that she is related to her powers. While she doesn’t have any mental health issues, in the end, the series captures how isolated it can be for those who suffer from such conditions. This helps bring mental health issues to the fore, as Strange things did with Eleven and Max.
Crazyhead subverts supernatural tropes
As previously mentioned, Crazy head takes the well-used formula and tropes established by shows like leukocyte and puts its own spin on them. First of all, the series is based on the friendship between these two socially awkward and dysfunctional women. While they may seem like unlikely friends, with Raquel being loud and rude and Amy cold and reserved, they bring out the best in each other. Unlike most paranormal shows that feature romance, most of which involve the love triangle trope, this trope does not exist in the series. Today’s love interests don’t take up a lot of space or are unbalanced by age disparity.
With Crazy head, it is the love between friends that saves the day. At first, Raquel unknowingly dates a demon, who reveals himself in Season 1, Episode 6, “The Beaver with a Chainsaw,” and his betrayal fuels her emotional breakdown and telekinetic abilities, which open the gates of hell Amy convinces her that he is not worth it and brings her back from that state. The breakdown of these tropes coupled with the comedic chemistry between the two leads and the underrated value of the series suggests that Crazy head it has all the elements that make it a long-running cult classic.
Crazyhead is now streaming on Netflix.