Creator / James Rolfe
aka: Cinemassacre

"This game is ass."

A film buff from New Jersey (now supposedly living in Philly) with directing aspirations, James Duncan Rolfe (born July 10, 1980) remained mostly under the radar until 2006, when he posted a couple of joke reviews he made for his friends a couple years earlier on YouTube, under the name "The Angry Nintendo Nerd". A few years of booming popularity later, he eventually evolved into The Angry Video Game Nerd.

Aside from making Nerd videos, he also has a large number of films (he's been making them since 1989) registered on his website, In addition to the Nerd character, he has two other shows: Board James and You Know What's Bullshit?. He also established an improv series with a few friends of his called OverAnalyzers.

He also often posts videos to the site with him acting as himself, either performing interviews, documentaries, or movie reviews, most notable of which is Cinemassacre's Monster Madness, an event that he has taken part in every October since 2007 where he reviews one horror film every day of the month, whether it be an old classic or an obscure treasure, usually in keeping with some sort of theme (So Bad, It's Good films one year, the entire Godzilla series another).

With work on The Movie necessitating a reduction in the frequency of Nerd episodes, Rolfe decided to compensate by launching James and Mike Mondays in December 2012. This is a weekly series in a Let's Play format, where Rolfe and Mike Matei play games that in most cases might not be featured in a Nerd review — whether it's a classic, an obscure game, a romhack, or the occasional game that's already been reviewed.

He is affiliates with both ScrewAttack and That Guy with the Glasses (despite, or perhaps due to, the Nerd's eternal conflict with The Nostalgia Critic).

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Cinemassacre's reviews (by year):

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All reviews by James.

All reviews by James.

All reviews by James, except "Watching 16mm Cartoons" with James and Mike.


  • James: Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003) & Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004)
  • James & Mike: White Zombie (1932) commentary (Parts 1 - 3)
  • James: RoboGeisha (2009)
  • James: Megaforce (1982)
  • James & Mike: James & Mike take a look at Mike's DVD collection (YouTube exclusive)
  • James: James' DVD Collection
  • James & Mike: Super Mario Bros. Super Show DVD Menu Screen Review
  • Turtle Tuesday:
    • James & friends: Generation T.M.N.T.
    • James & Mike: New TMNT Movie: James and Mike's thoughts
    • James: TMNT Cartoon Series Reviews (Part 1 - 3)
    • James: Chronologically Confused about TMNT DVDs
    • James, Mike, & friends: TMNT Pizza Taste Test
    • James: Top 20 Turtle Flubs
    • James: TMNT Tuesday Comics Review
  • James: Wizards of the Lost Kingdom (1985)
  • James & Mike: What's The Movie?
  • James & Mike: House of the Dead (2003) commentary
  • James: Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown (1977)
  • James & Matt Conant: Super 8 (2011)
  • James: Inhumanoids (1986)
  • James & Mike: Street Fighter (1994) commentary
  • James: ThunderCats (1985 - 1988)
  • James: Fright Night Part II (1988)
  • James & Mike: World's Greatest Horror Quiz Parts 1 & 2
  • James & Mike: Face of the Screaming Werewolf (1964) commentary
  • James: Monster Madness (1993)
  • James: Inspector Gadget (1983 - 1986) Review Parts 1 & 2
  • James & Mike: Turkish Star Wars (1982)
  • James: Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny (1972)



All reviews by James, except "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" with James and Mike.

  • Lookin' at Books:
    1. Nostalgic Scary Books
    2. Monster Movie Books Part 1
    3. Monster Movie Books Part 2
    4. Monster Movie Books Part 3
    5. Hard Rock and Metal Books
    6. Autobiographies
    7. Weird NJ
    8. Filmmaking Books
    9. Horror and Sci-Fi Fiction
    10. Comics
  • Godzilla (2014) Thoughts
  • Top 15 Awesome Transformers Moments
  • Top 10 Transformers WTF Moments
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) Thoughts
  • Top 10 Ways Shatner Could Return in Star Trek 3
  • Top 5 Horror/Monster Movies Due for a Remake



All reviews by James. This year featured "Resurrected Reviews", YouTube re-releases of videos that were formerly exclusive to, being edited down slightly from the original versions and having the movie clips replaced with stills. These are indicated with **

Cinemassacre's Monster Madness:

    2007 History of Horror 
A look at many of the major classics of horror and their influence in shaping the horror genre, covering a broad range of eras.

  1. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
  2. Nosferatu (1922)
  3. The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
  4. Dracula (1931) (covered again as a commentary in 2010)
  5. Frankenstein (1931) (covered more in-depth for Sequel-A-Thon)
  6. The Mummy (1932) (covered more in-depth for Sequel-A-Thon 2)
  7. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)
  8. The Wolf Man (1941)
  9. Cat People (1942)
  10. Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
  11. The Tingler (1959)
  12. Hammer Horror (late 50's to early 70's), mainly the Dracula and Frankenstein films (all the Dracula and Frankenstein films were covered individually for Sequel-A-Thon and Sequel-A-Thon 2 respectively)
  13. Roger Corman's Edgar Allan Poe films (1960's)
  14. Psycho (1960)
  15. Night of the Living Dead (1968) (covered again as a commentary for Sequel-A-Thon 2)
  16. The Exorcist (1973)
  17. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
  18. Jaws (1975)
  19. Halloween (1978) (covered more in-depth for Sequel-A-Thon)
  20. Dawn of the Dead (1978) (covered more in-depth for Sequel-A-Thon 2)
  21. Alien (1979) (covered more in-depth for Sequel-A-Thon 2)
  22. Friday the 13th (1980) (covered more in-depth in 2015 when James reviewed the entire Friday the 13th series)
  23. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) (covered more in-depth for Sequel-A-Thon)
  24. The Evil Dead (1981), Evil Dead II (1987), and Army of Darkness (1992)
  25. The Monster Squad (1987)
  26. Braindead aka Dead Alive (1992)
  27. Scream (1996)
  28. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
  29. The Last Broadcast (1998)
  30. Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)
  31. Monster Madness 2007 Recap (a general discussion about the modern era of horror movies)

    2008 GodzillaThon 
A look at every Godzilla movie. As there weren't 31 of them at the time, GodzillaThon debuted on the 3rd of October, then continued with a new review every day until the end of the month. Unlike most years of Monster Madness, the reviews are also available on YouTube, with each video premiering about a week to two weeks earlier than its release (except Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla and Godzilla Final Wars, which remain Cinemassacre-exclusive).

  1. Godzilla (1954)
  2. Godzilla Raids Again (1955)
  3. King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) (covered more in-depth for the Kongathon reviews in 2017)
  4. Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)
  5. Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)
  6. Monster Zero (1965)
  7. Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (1966)
  8. Son of Godzilla (1967)
  9. Destroy All Monsters (1968)
  10. Godzilla's Revenge (1969)
  11. Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster (1971)
  12. Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972)
  13. Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)
  14. Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)
  15. Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)
  16. Godzilla 1985 (1984)
  17. Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989)
  18. Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)
  19. Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth (1992)
  20. Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993)
  21. Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994)
  22. Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995)
  23. Godzilla (1998 American remake)
  24. Godzilla 2000: Millennium (1999)
  25. Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000)
  26. Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack! (2001)
  27. Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002)
  28. Godzilla Tokyo SOS (2003)
  29. Godzilla Final Wars (2004)

    2009 Monster Madness 3 
Although there was no distinct theme, this year was conceived as a way for James to cover many of the movies he would've done in History of Horror but didn't have time for, as well as responding to fan requests. The reviews also became longer.

  1. Frankenstein (1910)
  2. Drácula (Spanish version of Dracula) (1931)
  3. White Zombie (1932) (covered again as a commentary in 2011)
  4. The Old Dark House (1932)
  5. Freaks (1932)
  6. The Invisible Man (1933) (covered again during the Invisible Man series review for Monster Madness 9)
  7. King Kong (1933)
  8. The Black Cat (1934) and The Raven (1935) (two Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff films)
  9. The Man They Could Not Hang (1939)
  10. The Body Snatcher (1945)
  11. House of Wax (1953)
  12. Daughter of Horror (1955)
  13. The Giant Claw (1957)
  14. The Fly (the 1958 original and the 1986 remake)
  15. The Coffin Joe films: At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul (1963) and This Night I'll Possess Your Corpse (1967) (with the later sequels, Awakening of the Beast and Embodiment of Evil, mentioned briefly)
  16. Monsters Crash the Pajama Party (1964)
  17. The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) and Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972)
  18. An American Werewolf in London (1981)
  19. Basket Case (1982)
  20. Creepshow (1982)
  21. Poltergeist (1982)
  22. Re-Animator (1985)
  23. The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
  24. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)
  25. Hellraiser (1987)
  26. Child's Play (1988)
  27. The Brain (1988)
  28. Spontaneous Combustion (1990)
  29. Leprechaun (1993)
  30. Cemetery Man (1994)
  31. The Devil's Rejects (2005)

    2010 Camp Cult 
Identified as a "Schlock-A-Thon" and a "Craparama" in the promo trailer, focusing mostly on campy and bizarre so-bad-it’s-good movies, many of them obscure.

  1. The Phantom Creeps (1939)
  2. Return of the Vampire (1944)
  3. Robot Monster (1953)
  4. The Cyclops (1957)
  5. From Hell It Came (1957)
  6. Fiend Without a Face (1958)
  7. Frankenstein 1970 (1958)
  8. The Screaming Skull (1958)
  9. The Terror (1963) (Covered again as a commentary in 2012)
  10. War of the Gargantuas (1966)
  11. Dracula vs. Frankenstein (the 1971 version, the 1969 version, and Dracula, Prisoner of Frankenstein from 1972)
  12. The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974)
  13. The Super Inframan (1975)
  14. Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)
  15. The Manitou (1978)
  16. Laserblast (1978)
  17. Night of the Demon (1980)
  18. Mystics in Bali (1981)
  19. Fright Night (1985)
  20. Transylvania 6-5000 (1985)
  21. Critters (1986)
  22. Monster in the Closet (1986)
  23. Troll Trilogy (1986 - 1993) (Troll, Troll 2, Troll 3 #1 "Quest for the Mighty Sword", and Troll 3 #2 "The Crawlers")
  24. Brain Damage (1988)
  25. Monkey Shines (1988)
  26. Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1990)
  27. Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)
  28. Robot Wars (1993) & Robo Warriors (1996)
  29. Evil Ed (1995)
  30. Reptilian (1999)
  31. The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra (2001)

    2011 Sequel-A-Thon 
A thorough look at every installment of four different film franchises, again covering a wide range of eras. Universal Frankenstein, Hammer Dracula, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Halloween. On, James rated each of the movies out of 10.

  1. Frankenstein (1931) - 10
  2. Bride of Frankenstein (1935) - 10
  3. Son of Frankenstein (1939) - 10
  4. The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942) - 6.5
  5. Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943) - 7
  6. House of Frankenstein (1944) - 7.5
  7. House of Dracula (1945) - 5
  8. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) - 8
  9. Horror of Dracula (1958) - 9.5
  10. Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966) - 8
  11. Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968) - 8.5
  12. Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970) - 7
  13. Scars of Dracula (1970) - 6.5
  14. Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972) - 6
  15. The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973) - 5.5
  16. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) - 9
  17. A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985) - 7
  18. A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987) - 8.5
  19. A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988) - 6.5
  20. A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989) - 5.5
  21. Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991) - 6.5
  22. Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994) - 8
  23. Freddy vs. Jason (2003) and A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010 remake) - 8 and 5
  24. Halloween (1978) - 10
  25. Halloween II (1981) and Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) (the latter being a clip from James' Top 10 Sequels That Aren't As Bad As Everyone Says video) - 7 and 7
  26. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) - 7
  27. Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989) - 5
  28. Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) - 3
  29. Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later (1998) - 6
  30. Halloween: Resurrection (2002) - 5
  31. Rob Zombie's Halloween remakes: Halloween (2007) and Halloween II (2009) - 6.5 and 5

    2012 80's-A-Thon 
Due to James being busy with production of the AVGN Movie, this year featured 16 reviews instead of the usual 31, starting on the 1st and released every other day (the 3rd, 5th, 7th, etc).

  1. Galaxy of Terror (1981)
  2. Q: The Winged Serpent (1982)
  3. Nightbeast (1982)
  4. Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
  5. The Deadly Spawn (1983)
  6. The Toxic Avenger (1984)
  7. The Stuff (1985)
  8. Making Contact (1985)
  9. Teen Wolf (1985)
  10. Spookies (1986)
  11. Terrorvision (1986)
  12. From Beyond (1986)
  13. The Gate (1987)
  14. Pumpkinhead (1988)
  15. Puppet Master (1989)
  16. Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)

    2013 Sequel-A-Thon 2 
Touted as "the sequel to Sequel-A-Thon" in the promo trailer, created as an opportunity for James to cover film franchises he didn't have time for in the first sequel-a-thon. This time he looked at five different series; Universal Mummy, Hammer Frankenstein, Gamera, Alien, and the Living Dead Series.

  1. The Mummy (1932)
  2. The Mummy's Hand (1940)
  3. The Mummy's Tomb (1942)
  4. The Mummy's Ghost (1944)
  5. The Mummy's Curse (1944)
  6. The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
  7. The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)
  8. The Evil of Frankenstein (1964)
  9. Frankenstein Created Woman (1967)
  10. Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969)
  11. Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1973) (with a look at The Horror of Frankenstein)
  12. Gamera (1965)
  13. Gamera Vs Barugon (1966)
  14. Gamera Vs Gyaos (1967)
  15. Gamera Vs Viras (1968)
  16. Gamera Vs Guiron (1969)
  17. Gamera Vs Jiger (1970)
  18. Gamera Vs Zigra (1971) (with a look at Gamera Super Monster)
  19. Gamera Next Gen (1995 - 2006) (Gamera: Guardian of the Universe, Gamera 2: Advent of Legion, Gamera 3: Awakening of Irys, and Gamera The Brave)
  20. Alien (1979) (with a look at Prometheus)
  21. Aliens (1986)
  22. Alien³ (1992)
  23. Alien: Resurrection (1997)
  24. Alien vs. Predator (2004) (with a look at Predator)
  25. Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007)
  26. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
  27. Day of the Dead (1985)
  28. Land of the Dead (2005)
  29. Diary of the Dead (2007)
  30. Survival of the Dead (2010)
  31. Night of the Living Dead (1968) full-length commentary (Parts 1 - 4)

    2014 Monster Madness 8 
Identified as "Whatever-The-Hell-You-Want-To-Call-It-Athon" in the promo trailer, as it was the first year since Monster Madness 3 without a theme. Unlike Monster Madness 3, it was also the first year without the movie reviews being in chronological order, and even featured a couple reviews of TV shows.

  1. The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
  2. Häxan (1922)
  3. Alice, Sweet Alice (1976)
  4. Hilarious House of Frankenstein (1971)
  5. Night of the Creeps (1986)
  6. Man Made Monster (1941)
  7. Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994)
  8. Night Gallery (1969 - 1973)
  9. The Black Cat (1981 version)
  10. The Vampire Lovers (1970)
  11. The Exorcist III (1990)
  12. The Walking Dead (1936 movie)
  13. They Live (1988)
  14. Rodan (1956)
  15. Beetlejuice (1988)
  16. The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)
  17. Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992 Coppola movie)
  18. Doctor X (1932)
  19. Insidious (2010)
  20. Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932)
  21. Tourist Trap (1979)
  22. Island of Lost Souls (1932)
  23. Bride of Chucky (1998)
  24. Son of Kong (1933)
  25. Stephen King's It (1990)
  26. The Night Walker (1964)
  27. Death Proof (2007) (the film was more briefly covered as part of James' Grindhouse review in 2007)
  28. Dracula's Daughter (1936)
  29. Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1991 - 2000)
  30. Young Frankenstein (1974)
  31. Trick 'r Treat (2007)

    2015 Monster Madness 9 
Similar to Monster Madness 8 in that it was another random, non-chronological assortment of movies, but it came with its own changes from previous marathons. This time, the videos were made available on YouTube, appearing on the same day as their releases. Some of the reviews were of public domain films, which aired on both websites. For the reviews that weren't of public domain films, the YouTube release would instead feature a "Monster Madness Rerun", a video from a previous year that was formerly exclusive to Cinemassacre. Lastly, this year had unscripted discussion videos. Rather than the usual scripted format of James' commentary over clips of the movie, these episodes had James and Mike Matei on-camera with only a few stills of the movie, making it available for both websites. A few of them weren't focused on a single film review, but rather a general topic. These discussion episodes are marked with **

  1. ** The Ring (2002)
  2. The Wasp Woman (1959)
  3. Sleepaway Camp (1983) / Rerun: Silent Horror Classics Review (compilation of several reviews: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Nosferatu, and The Phantom of the Opera from History of Horror; Frankenstein (1910) from Monster Madness 3; Häxan from Monster Madness 8)
  4. ** Frozen (2010)
  5. Suspiria (1977) / Rerun: Night of the Living Dead (1968) full-length commentary from Sequel-A-Thon 2
  6. Misery (1990) / Rerun: The Mummy Series Review (shorter re-edit of the Mummy reviews from Sequel-A-Thon 2)
  7. ** Poultrygeist (2006)
  8. The Monster (1925)
  9. Candyman (1992) / Rerun: Alien Series Review (shorter re-edit of the Alien and Alien vs. Predator reviews from Sequel-A-Thon 2)
  10. ** Is it Horror?
  11. The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)
  12. The Silence of the Lambs (1991) / Rerun: The Phantom Creeps (1939) from Camp Cult
  13. ** The Human Centipede (2009)
  14. Shaun of the Dead (2004) / Rerun: George Romero's Dead Series Review (shorter re-edit of the Dead reviews from Sequel-A-Thon 2)
  15. The Omen (1976) / Rerun: Robot Monster (1953) from Camp Cult
  16. ** The Future of Universal Monsters
  17. The Last Man on Earth (1964)
  18. Frankenstein Unbound (1990) / Rerun: The Terror (1963) from Camp Cult
  19. ** Saw (2004)
  20. Carrie (1976) / Rerun: The Screaming Skull (1958) from Camp Cult
  21. The Last House on the Left (1972) / Rerun: The Old Dark House (1963) from Monster Madness 3
  22. ** Halloween TV Specials
  23. Carnival of Souls (1962)
  24. The Beast with Five Fingers (1946) / Rerun: Hammer Frankenstein Reviews (shorter re-edit of the Hammer Frankenstein reviews from Sequel-A-Thon 2)
  25. ** It Follows (2015)
  26. Night of the Lepus (1972) / Rerun: White Zombie (1932) full-length commentary from 2011 featuring James and Mike
  27. City of the Dead (1960)
  28. ** The Descent (2005)
  29. Invisible Man series (1933 - 1951) (The Invisible Man, The Invisible Man Returns, The Invisible Woman, Invisible Agent, The Invisible Man's Revenge, and Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man) / Rerun: Dracula (1931), shorter re-edit of an audio-only commentary from 2010 featuring James and Mike, with movie stills added
  30. House on Haunted Hill (1959)
  31. ** How to Celebrate Halloween

    2016 Monster Madness X 
Stated by James to be the final marathon, or at least the final marathon to have a full 31 reviews. The reviews were all once again scripted, but with the distinction of having stills instead of video clips like in previous years, allowing the reviews to be posted on YouTube. This year was also divided into several sub-themes depending on the day of the week. Mondern Mondays focused on recent horror movies, Top Ten Tuesdays showcased James' recommendations for the best horror movies by era, WTF Wednesdays were dedicated to weird movies, Blood-thirsty Thursdays were movies about vampires, Franken-Fridays were movies about Frankenstein, and Weekend Whatevers had no specific focus.

  1. Weekend Whatever: The Wicker Man (1973)
  2. Weekend Whatever: Mr. Sardonicus (1961)
  3. Modern Monday: The Babadook (2014)
  4. Top Ten Tuesday: Top 20 Golden Age Horror (Top 10 1930's Horror, Top 10 1940's Horror)
  5. WTF Wednesday: Eraserhead (1977)
  6. Blood-thirsty Thursday: Vampyr (1932)
  7. Franken-Friday: Frankenhooker (1990)
  8. Weekend Whatever: Mighty Joe Young (1949)
  9. Weekend Whatever: Swamp Thing (1982)
  10. Modern Monday: Tusk (2014)
  11. Top Ten Tuesday: Top 15 Silver Age Sci Fi (Top 5 Alien Invaders, Top 5 Monsters on the Loose, Top 5 Scientific Disasters)
  12. WTF Wednesday: Terror Firmer (1999)
  13. Blood-thirsty Thursday: The Lost Boys (1987)
  14. Franken-Friday: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994)
  15. Weekend Whatever: Matinee (1993)
  16. Weekend Whatever: Metropolis (1927)
  17. Modern Monday: Oculus (2013)
  18. Top Ten Tuesday: Top 15 Silver Age Horror (Top 5 Hammer Films, Top 10 1960's Horror)
  19. WTF Wednesday: House (1977)
  20. Blood-thirsty Thursday: Wolfman vs. Dracula (unreleased)
  21. Franken-Friday: Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster (1965)
  22. Weekend Whatever: Clash of the Titans (1981)
  23. Weekend Whatever: Targets (1968)
  24. Modern Monday: Lumberjack Man (2015)
  25. Top Ten Tuesday: Top 20 Bronze Age Horror (Top 10 1970's Horror, Top 10 1980's Horror)
  26. WTF Wednesday: The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
  27. Blood-thirsty Thursday: Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995)
  28. Franken-Friday: Victor Frankenstein (2015)
  29. Weekend Whatever: History of Midnight Ghost Shows
  30. Weekend Whatever: Sleepy Hollow (1999)
  31. Modern Monday: Krampus (2015)

Tropes applying to Rolfe himself and his work:

  • Archive Panic: Invoked; James never watched Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers as a kid, and recently decided to play catch-up. But he freaked out when he learned how long the series is, and that's not even counting the original Japanese series that it takes footage from. Even limiting himself to just the first season, he had to binge watch sixty episodes.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In his top 10 shitty Shatner movies, he ended the list with Incubus at #1, and talked about how the film was lost until it turned up with France, and ended with this dark sentence...
    "There was a lot of bad luck associated with Incubus and came with the reputation as one of those films with a curse. [Milos Milos] killed his girlfriend and committed suicide. [Ann Atmar] has also committed suicide a few weeks after the film wrapped. [Eloise Hardt's daughter] was kidnapped and murdered. Director Leslie Steven's production company went bankrupt, and his marriage ended in divorce. And William Shatner ended up being in a lot of shitty films."
  • Author Appeal:
    • Horror movies, especially monster movies.
    • References to shit. Sorry, that was meant to be, references to SHIT!
  • Badass Boast: From the "Contra Memories" video: "I beat Contra before breakfast."
  • Berserk Button: James hates iTunes, and is of the opinion that it gets worse with every release, especially changing the interface and removing options. He also hates waiting for it to update. He spent a good several minutes during the "James and Mike Mondays" episode Star Fox complaining about it.
  • Bookends: First appearing in 2009 the Monster Madness series having introduced a pair of Skeletons watching the series on a TV in their crypt. They don't always show up and during the 80's-a-thon their crypt features 80's memorabilia including replacing their couch with bean bag chairs.
  • Bullet Time: One of his choices for the Top 10 Worst Movie Cliches.
  • The Cameo:
    • He appeared in different commercials (one of the earliest being a Budwiser commercial), other online shows, and even independent works (like the Sonic fan film).
    • At one point he even assists in special effects works with other works, like blood work and all.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander:
    (Scene from the movie The Fury where "Pop!" Goes the Human)
    "DAMN! Well, I'm not thinking of Frankenstein. Are you?"
    • And speaking of Top 10s, he made another one called Top 10 Worst Top 10s, and #1 on the list is Top 10 Times Johnny Depp Says "Then." Dude sure does love his unconventional Top 10 lists.
  • Corpsing:
    • Seven words — "Live like a windrammer as you fuck."
    • Anyone watching the episodes of AVGN with Lloyd and the Guitar Guy with keen ears and eyes can notice James losing his composure with some of the things they say.
    • And of course, the one part in his review of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III where he stressed that the "Help I'm a turtle and I can't get up" gag is not funny, but burst out laughing anyway.
  • Crossover: James and his high school friends came up with a proposed crossover of Star Wars and Star Trek called Trek Wars, but they didn't flesh it out very much; the most they came up with was Luke Skywalker and Captain Kirk shaking hands.
    James: That's the best we could come up with; like, "Hey, how ya doin'?" (Mike Matei laughs) That was really stupid.
    Mike: I think you can come up with better at this point.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Department of Redundancy Department: He has admitted to this being one of his weaknesses while writing. He noted that in the Ninja Gaiden review, he had to use a thesaurus because he had overused the word "impossible" in the original script. The trope has been invoked a couple of episodes before he managed to catch it, such as in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles review:
    "Every time you fall down, you have to walk through the entire stage all over again. All of the enemies come back, so you have to fight everybody all over again."
  • Easily Overheard Conversation: One of his choices for the Top 10 Worst Movie Cliches.
  • Engrish: He gets an email filled to the brim with this in Mailbag #3, which introduces the "Live like a windrammer as you fuck" quote.
  • Fade to Black: One of his choices for the Top 10 Worst Movie Cliches. He says it's especially bad in modern trailers, as it's annoying when you're trying to find a seat and the theater keeps going pitch black every other second.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: After his Top 1 Shark Movies, which is basically him praising Jaws and being unable to come up with any other good shark films, he would go crazy over the collection of terrible shark movies he has, leading to the Top 40 Shitty Shark Movies!
    *crazy laugh* shark movies. Shark movies!
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: James and Mike plays. Mike has played enemies of the Nerd such as Jason Voorhees. Played Straight in the recent episode, where James plays with Doug Walker, who's Nostalgia Critic persona was the Nerd's Sitcom Arch-Nemesis.
  • Gorn: He's known for making really gory short horror movies like The Deader The Better.
  • Gratuitous Rape: James criticized both Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (the producer's cut), and Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed for including these in it. His reasoning is as follows:
    • Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers involves Michael forcibly raping his niece and impregnating her. Not only does it seem so wrong on so many levels, but it's entirely unnecessary. Michael is out to kill his remaining family. Now he's reproducing to make more family to kill? This is one of the main reasons why James blasted the producer's cut, despite it being the popular choice over the theatrical cut. He considers the latter to be more entertaining, whereas the former is just too messed up to justify its existence.
    • Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed was a case of Executive Meddling. Frankenstein, played by Peter Cushing, decided to rape the beautiful inn keeper spontaneously. This had no place in the film at all other than make Frankenstein out to be a more horrible human being, which this and previous films did a great job of already. The meddling part came from the producers wanting the rape scene added in just for sex appeal, despite protests from Peter Cushing and Terrance Fisher, and the scene being nowhere at all in the original script. James says it best:
    "It's not sexy, it's disturbing!"
  • Happily Married: With April, A.K.A. Mrs Nerd.
  • It Is Pronounced Tropay: In his Real Ghosbusters tribute, he pronounced DiC as "dick".
  • Jump Scare: At the end of this video, after talking about how scary the illustrations from Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark are, he suddenly shows one of them, amplified so that it covers the whole screen, with a Scare Chord to top.
  • Kensington Gore: many of James's films make use of extremely bright, cheesy blood, likely in honor of the classic B-movies he draws so much inspiration from. He has noted using Kool-aid, ketchup, water with red food coloring, and corn syrup with red food coloring in various commentaries and documentaries.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Has a black cat named Boo who appeared in some AVGN episodes (most famously as "Death Kitty" in the Atari Jaguar episode), plus a white cat named Yeti.
  • Let's Play: Sort of. He does the James and Mike Mondays series, with his best friend: Mike Matei.
  • Long Title: On a few occasions, James has mentioned a horror film that he's been planning to make for several years, titled The Confounded Crazy Critters who Devoured Neurotic Livestock and Couldn't Stop Dying So They Had to Carry Their Own Tombstones over Their Heads.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: His portrayal as the nerd couldn't be farther from how he is in real life.
  • Metal Head: He is a huge fan of heavy metal and hard rock occasionally name checking them in a video. He especially seems to like AC/DC. In Mailbag #3 he is wearing a Led Zeppelin hat and in the You Know What's Bullshit episode on iTunes, his music library consists mostly of hard rock and heavy metal bands. He even started a series podcasts called "Audio Slaughter" with his wife. He talks a great deal about his longtime love for heavy metal, particularly in the episodes on Metallica and Black Sabbath. In his "'Making of An Angry Video Game Nerd Episode" video, he mentions that one time, while editing an exceptionally difficult and time-consuming project, he managed to listen to the entire Iron Maiden discography. He's also mentioned in several videos that he likes the cult British Doom Metal band Witchfinder General, who no doubt recieved much more attention thanks to this.
  • Mondegreen: Invoked: In the second part of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) retrospective, he plays various clips and thinks the characters are swearing.
  • My Car Hates Me: One of his choices for the Top 10 Worst Movie Cliches (specifically, when the car doesn't start).
  • Nerd Glasses: Possibly the king of this trope.
  • Older Than He Looks: He still looks to be in his twenties when he's actually 36.
  • Orbital Shot: One of his choices for the Top 10 Worst Movie Cliches.
  • Overly Narrow Superlative: When reviewing an old VHS copy of Assignment Terror for Monster Madness, James anticlimactically concludes that it's the worst commercially manufactured VHS tape to ever feature Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolf Man and the Mummy.
  • Political Correctness Gone Mad: Parodied. As the Bullshit man, he mentioned that people complained about having to say "Happy Holidays" out of respect for other beliefs when they insist on saying "Merry Christmas." So he coined a new term called HAPPY SHUT THE FUCK UP! and has proceeded to use this in some of his Christmas specials, including the AVGN Winter Games, and even as himself at the end of his TMNT Christmas review.
  • Self-Deprecation: In the video where Inspector Gadget explains how to use Cinemassacre:
    Gadget: I wonder when the fuck there will be a new Board James!
    James: But the craziest thing about this is, it's really a shortcut now, because if you can jump up there, you don't have to worry about every time you fall down, you have to walk through the room all over again. So every time you fall down, you have to fight everybody all over again. You gotta do it all over again. All over again.
  • Shout-Out: James has said that he quotes the film American Movie on a regular basis, and has put countless quotes in the Angry Video Game Nerd episodes. In a documentary about the making of the special effects in Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie, after filming a failed attempt to have Death Mwauthzyx punch through a pane of glass, he spontaneously says:
    James: I'm sorry I tried to put your hand through this, man!
  • Spit Take: He does an absolutely epic one when he realises that the IndieGoGo donations for the movie have just hit 100k. He even does it in slow-motion, no less!
  • Stop Motion: James is a big fan of this practice.
  • Stopped Numbering Sequels: One of his biggest pet peeves, claiming it creates needless confusion since, if anything, making a lot of sequels means that numbers are more necessary to tell the movies apart.
  • Tempting Fate: In his Top 1 Shark Movies, he said that there were some good ones. The only movie he can think of is Jaws, which he pretty much talks about for almost the entire video. See Go Mad from the Revelation above for more.
  • Title Scream: Comes in many variations in Cinemassacre's Monster Madness, starting with Rolfe simply stating the name in the first iteration of the show, and having a much hammier variant in later years with "It's Cinemassacre's Mmmonster Maaaaadneeesss!". The Camp Cult edition of the show even features fan versions of it.
  • Vulgar Humor: He's known for doing this in AVGN, such as the Nerd defecating on the games (and Bugs Bunny).
    • Also the characteristic of the Bullshit Man, Shit Pickle, and the Nerdy Turd.
  • Who's on First?: Utilized in the "What's the Movie?" video.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: His #1 pick for the Top 10 Worst Movie Cliches.
    Tuco: When you have to shoot, shoot. Don't talk.
  • Willing Suspension of Disbelief: Is a big fan of this practice, and is concerned that modern audiences feel the need to nitpick anything that isn't 100% logical.
    James: The Indiana Jones movies are all entitled to some dumb moments. They recapture the spirit of the old adventure serials that came out during the Great Depression and World War II. Audiences were looking to escape the real world and forget their troubles. And that's what movies are all about: Entertainment. But today, audiences are far more critical, have less imagination, and aren't as willing to suspend their disbelief. And that is the death of cinema.

Alternative Title(s): Cinemassacre