The Inbetweeners Movie, The Bad Lieutenant – Port of Call: New Orleans, The Curse of Frankenstein: films on TV today

Four go mad in Crete, Nicolas Cage in a rage in Louisiana, and Peter Cushing fanatically assembles a monster from old body parts: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today



The Inbetweeners Movie ★★★
9.00-11.00pm E4 

This jolly-boys’ outing to Cretan party resort Malia has lost none of its topicality since breaking UK box-office records in the summer of 2011. The now-familiar hormonal antics of nerdy Will (Simon Bird), sweet-natured Simon (Joe Thomas), dim-witted Neil (Blake Harrison) and self-mythologising Jay (James Buckley) involve various indignities and gross-out moments, and all holiday nightmare boxes are ticked: grim hotel, empty disco, skinny-dipping humiliation. It’s one long cringe in the sun. Extending a formula that zinged in half-hour doses, the movie holds its own in long form thanks to our existing affection for the luckless quartet and the strong casting of the girls they pursue: Lydia Rose Bewley, Tamla Kari, Laura Haddock and Jessica Knappett. There’s not enough of Greg Davies’s sixth-form head Mr Gilbert, but stay tuned till the end of the credits.

The Curse of Frankenstein ★★★★

11.00pm-12.20am BBC4 

Peter Cushing attempts to make the “perfect human” from various offcuts and a damaged brain in the 1957 film that kick-started the Hammer horror boom. Christopher Lee lumbers magnificently as the creature.  

The Bad Lieutenant – Port of Call: New Orleans ★★★★

11.00pm-1.20am Spike 

Nicolas Cage is on top form as a drug-addled cop who gives the bad guys a run for their money when it comes to criminal behaviour.    

The Exorcism of Emily Rose ★★★

11.20pm-1.25am 5★ 

Loosely based in an actual German case, this unusually intelligent horror film centres on a priest (Tom Wilkinson) charged with negligent homicide and a girl who was either mentally ill… or possessed.  

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo ★★★★

12.25-3.35am Film Four 

The Hollywood remake was surprisingly effective, but this original Swedish take on Stieg Larson’s chilling mystery has more darkness in its soul.    


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