Cinemassacre Productions

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Cinemassacre Productions LLC[1]
Cinemassacre.png
Cinemassacre logo as of January 1, 2013.
Web address cinemassacre.com
Commercial? Yes
Type of site Web series (entertainment reviews and comedy)
Registration Optional
Launched 2000 [2]
Current status Online

Cinemassacre Productions LLC, or Cinemassacre.com, is an American website hosted and created by independent filmmaker James Rolfe, owned by Cinemassacre Productions, LLC. The website focuses on independent filmmaking and film and video game reviews by Rolfe, and primarily hosts the web shows The Angry Video Game Nerd and Board James. The website was launched in 2000.

Name[edit]

The creator of the website, James Rolfe, says the name Cinemassacre "refers to the efficient way in which my films are made, without a ton of equipment or pre-production meetings, ignoring all the extraneous things that happen behind the camera, when all that matters is what comes up on the screen in the end."[3] While Rolfe is a fan of horror films, he says "massacre" has no relation to that,[4] and he doesn't work only with the horror genre.[5]

History[6][edit]

Cinemassacre.com was launched in 2000, edited and created by James Rolfe, and had an extremely simple layout. Its first version, which lasted 3 years, the only content available on the website was a filmography list and a gallery of film stills from scenes of films done by Rolfe.

In 2003, a new website was created, featuring videos as QuickTime files. In 2006 Rolfe created the YouTube account JamesNintendoNerd, another source of videos besides the official website. In 2008, alongside a collaboration with Mike Matei and another web designer, a new layout for Cinemassacre was released. One of the innovations for the new versions were the comments section and blog posts. In 2010, the website was again updated.

The current Cinemassacre.com was launched on January 1, 2013, as a celebration of the New Year of 2013. As stated by James, the site's current filmography count is over 400 videos.[7]

Shows and Films[edit]

The website features web series created by James Rolfe, most popularly, The Angry Video Game Nerd, and also Board James and Monster Madness, a Halloween-themed review series launched every October, which consists of a Horror movie review released every day of the month. The website also shows other works of Rolfe, such as films directed, produced and edited by him. Below is a list of the main shows

  • The Angry Video Game Nerd (2004; 2006–present) - Web series of comedic retrogaming video reviews created by and starring James Rolfe. The show's format revolves around his review of old, typically unsuccessful video games which are deemed to be of particularly low-quality, unfair difficulty, or poor design. The "Nerd" character is a short-tempered and foul-mouthed video game fanatic. He derives comic appeal from excessive and inventive use of anger, profanity, and habitual consumption of alcohol while reviewing video games. The series began as a feature on YouTube and Cinemassacre and later became a program on ScrewAttack before moving to GameTrailers exclusively. The show was renamed The Angry Video Game Nerd to prevent any trademark issues with Nintendo and since he also reviews games from non-Nintendo consoles by Atari and Sega. A feature-length film, Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie, is expected to be released in 2014. It is currently showed on Cinemassacre.
  • Monster Madness (2007–present) - a web series in which Rolfe celebrates the Halloween season by reviewing one horror film (or more) on each day of October. The series has inspired Disneycember, in which fellow reviewer Doug Walker looks at the majority of Disney's animated, computer-animated, and live-action films. The marathon first began in October 2007, and has continued annually ever since. The original thirty-one reviews followed the history of horror films. The second marathon featured the entries in the Godzilla franchise, and the third marathon returned to basics, reviewing horror films. The fourth marathon was a series of reviews of cult horror films, the fifth followed the Frankenstein (film series), Hammer Dracula, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Halloween franchises. The sixth rendition focused on horror films produced in the 1980s, and was cut short to only sixteen reviews rather than thirty-one due to the production of Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie. The seventh marathon followed the Mummy, Hammer Frankenstein, Gamera, Alien, and Dead franchises.
  • James and Mike Mondays (2012–present) - Rolfe and friend Mike Matei play games and discuss them while playing. Many games were originally intended for episodes of The Angry Video Game Nerd, but Rolfe found them not suitable as "nerd material" for various reasons. The games are usually for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System as well as consoles by Atari, Inc., such as the Atari 2600 and the Atari Jaguar CD. This series has developed its own fan following, and is highly popular on the web.
  • Board James (2009–2013) - Rolfe, typically accompanied by Mike and occasionally Bad Luck Bootsy, review board games. While game choices commonly come down to adventure titles such as Key to the Kingdom and Dragon Strike, famous games such as Mouse Trap and LIFE have also been shown on the show. Others episodes, such as Dream Phone and Mr. Bucket, were parodies of the horror genre of film. This character has made an appearance in the "AVGN Games" episode, where he shows a modified monopoly game made to be AVGN-related, and denies questions regarding the nature of his mental health stemming from the Dream Phone episode.
  • You Know What's Bullshit (2007–2009, 2011–2012) - Rolfe, dressed up as a man with cow feces for a face, talks about everyday things which greatly upset him, such as pennies, shoelaces, microwaves, cream cheese, etc. However, Rolfe also filmed episodes which focus on jokes instead of things that actually upset him, such as grass (due to grass being the food that cows normally consume, which results in deposits of manure) and amps that don't go to the volume of 11 (a reference to one of Rolfe's favorite films, This Is Spinal Tap). This character, a.k.a Bullshit Man, has made a special guest appearance in the Angry Video Game Nerd's Tiger Electronics games episode, in which he gives the Nerd scissors to open his copy of the Batman Wrist Game and complains about packaging that you need scissors to open.

Below is a list of films by James Rolfe:

  • Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie (2014) - An upcoming independent film based on The Angry Video Game Nerd. Rolfe is serving as director, producer and co-writer and reprises his on-screen role of The Nerd. The film is expected to be released in 2014 in limited releases at film festivals before being released on DVD, and possibly Blu-ray. The budget of the film came entirely from fan donations. The story centers around the alleged burial of over 1 million copies of the proclaimed "worst video game of all time", E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial for the Atari 2600, as The Nerd embarks on a quest to prove that there is nothing buried there after being pressured by fans to review the video game, while being pursued by federal authorities who believe he is investigating Area 51 and the crash of an unidentified flying object.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cinemassacre.com". Cinemassacre. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  2. ^ "Cinemassacre.com 10 Year Anniversary". Cinemassacre. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  3. ^ "FAQ - Cinemassacre Productions". Cinemassacre. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  4. ^ "FAQ - Cinemassacre Productions". Cinemassacre. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  5. ^ "FAQ - Cinemassacre Productions". Cinemassacre. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  6. ^ "Cinemassacre.com 10 Year Anniversary". Cinemassacre. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  7. ^ "Filmography Updated". Cinemassacre. Retrieved 2013-11-23. 

External links[edit]