We’ve covered a lot of topics in the past weeks, and it is interesting to note that when we discuss films we rarely cover the 1990s. There’s a reasonable explanation for that, films from the 1990s are neither retro nor new and contemporary. However, there were quite a few iconic UK films in the 1990s and we are going to go through some of them. Some of these films served as inspiration for slot developers. You can check some of these film-inspired slots on secretslots.com and see how you like them.
Four Weddings and a Funeral
In a way, the 1990s were marked by Hugh Grant and his films, so it is hardly surprising that this list starts with one of his films. The film is a romantic comedy, but that pretty much goes without saying. In addition to Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, Kristin Scott Thomas, James Fleet, David Bower and Rowan Atkinson also feature in Four Weddings and a Funeral.
The film was made on a pretty small budget, it cost under £3 million and the filming was done month and a half. The film’s success came unexpectedly. Four Weddings and a Funeral was released in 1994 and at the time it became the highest grossing British films. Four Weddings and a Funeral was named 23rd best UK film in the 20th century. Time Out magazine also rated it among the top 100 British films.
Another comedy, albeit a dark one, Trainspotting was released in 1996 and became an immediate hit. The action is set in Scotland and it tells the story of heroin addicts who live in a poorer part of Edinburgh. The film has been named the top Scottish film of all times. Trainspotting was also filmed on a lower budget, it was made with just £1.5 million.
The film features more than few iconic scenes, including several occasions where one of the main characters goes through a withdrawal crisis. Interestingly, even though the action is set in Edinburgh, most of the action was filmed in Glasgow. Trainspotting is one of the few films that accurately and realistically depicts youth culture. The sequel of Trainspotting, T2 Trainspotting was released in 2017.
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
It appears that we have a pattern. All films on our list are comedies. This one is a crime comedy, directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Jason Fleming, Dexter Fletcher, Sting and of course, Jason Statham and Vinnie Jones.
The film tells the tale of three small criminals who end up indebted to a big-time mob boss Harry the Hatchet. Throughout the film the trio end up in a lot of comic situations, before being arrested and released at the end of the film. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels was released in 1998. The making of this film cost even less than the two listed above, only £800,000. Statham who is a formed driver and Jones who is a former footballer made a name for themselves in the acting world with this film.