Allison 'Obscurus Lupa' Pregler is a (often) red-headed female reviewer on That Guy with the Glasses who takes on Z-grade movies, usually in the horror or martial arts genre; a roughly similar beat to The Cinema Snob, but tending towards dumb action flicks and a morbid enjoyment of them. She began reviewing in late 2009 and after gaining some notoriety on their forums, she became a member of the TGWTG family.
Obscurus Lupa Presents: Z-movies from the early 70's to the modern day. A "Z" movie for Lupa is something that doesn't have the capability or the budget to do something incredible. Not all the movies are bad. Some are terrible.
Commercial Dubs: Lupa riffs on TV spots and film trailers from the 90's in her inimitable style.
Aluminum Christmas Trees: The movie poster wall from her title screen? That's not a photo collage, that thing's real. Lupa admitted that not all of the posters appeal to her personally; some were gifts.
Alternatively, Billy's parents decided to theme his entire life around the number eleven just to mess with him.
She concludes by the end of her review of The Amazing Bulk that General Darwin is not actually a general, nor is there any military installation; he's just a crazy old man and the entire film is hallucinatory.
The denizens of Seseme Street are bent on converting Oscar, an agnostic humanist, to their Christmas Cult.
Cole is a Chew Toy who is constantly driven to madness by his (soon-to-be ex) wife Phoebe, who keeps foiling his attempts to do good and seems intent on killing him . ...Unless that was his plan all along. Monster!
And once they do kill him, Phoebe periodically goes to Hell to torture him personally.
Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Phoebe Halliwell's clothing line: Fishnet workshirt, Renaissance fair outfit, flamenco shirt/hip-rap combo with detached sleeves, furry-sleeve nightmare shirt, a collection of ever-lowering pants, Cinderella outfit, and.... tyyyyyping gloooooves????
A filibuster of hate at Alyssa Milano. (Charmed S.5)
"What a selfish awful person! Seriously, who was watching this and didn't instantly see Emperor Palpatine through her thin, grimy veneer? She's the most heinous of people, the lowest of the low. I could murder her! And she's fictional!I FEEL LIKE I'M TAKING CRAZY PILLS WATCHING THIS SHOW—so anyway, don't like her much."
She admits that, for all the insanity of the episode "Cyberwoman" from Torchwood, a cyborg woman fighting a pterodactyl is pretty cool.
The climax of Texas Chainsaw: The Next Generation has Renee Zellweger being pursued by two Illuminati agents in a black sedan, Leatherface in a woman suit, and a crop duster plane a la North By Northwest.
Author Appeal:invoked Oh, she looooooooves Cynthia Rothrock. (and Richard Norton.)
She isn't above (gently) taking the piss out the martial arts queen. ( X-treme Fighter)
Be Careful What You Wish For: MikeJ sits though ten torturous minutes of Howling 5 under the promise of seeing boobs. Ask and ye shall receive! ....And the sex scenes are just as monotonous as the rest of the film.
Lupa: Are ya bored yet? MikeJ: You're an awful person.
All Just a Dream endings, which have appeared in numerous films that she has reviewed, and which get a different angry reaction each time.
She has pointed out that what bothers her the most is how these endings often do not make sense, as they often contradict previous scenes which imply that the movie is taking place in reality. She found this to be a major source of annoyance in 13 seconds, especially since the lead character dreamed of scenes he himself doesn't appear in.
With Lupa herself, she's one of the nicer people on the site, but stalk her, not have fun or refuseto bea lady and she'll get scary. And like the apparent majority of people, she enjoys making the Critic suffer.
Broke The Rating Scale: Throughout the OLP review of The Room she uses an "Oh hey" counter to count the number of times the characters say "Oh hey". When several characters greet each other with "Oh hey" in rapid-fire succession, the counter overloads and makes the movie spontaneously combusts.
My Boyfriend's Back manages to break the "Wackiness Meter", triggering a slow clap.
Calling Your Attacks: Is amused that the title character in China O Brien does this and explains the effects for no reason.
China: This causes dislocation in the shoulder, or the elbow! Lupa:(Imitating thug) Who are you talking to?
"A horse walks into a bar, and the bartender is like, "'Ey, horse, get out of my bar!" And the horse is like, "Neigh", 'cause it's a horse. (beat) And the bartender's like, "I throw you out." (falls silent)
Clingy MacGuffin: Of a sort. Lupa shirks off reviewing Gooby - only for a duplicate copy to appear, freaking her out.
Cloudcuckoolander: Tommy Wiseau and Patrick Stewart (as played by Jeremiah) are depicted as such in her reviews of The Room and Masterminds.
Lupa herself, making videos like "Top 10 Hottest Animated Dogs" (with the rug-dog from Beauty and the Beast being number one!) or "10 Reasons Why Cool as Ice is better than Citizen Kane", and often appearing rather ditzy and offbeat in crossovers.
Lupa: It's like watching an incredibly bloody car wreck. Horrible to witness, but also really funny! The Nostalgia Critic: [speechless, and too bewildered to be fully horrified]
In her review of Howling VII she refers to two characters as Inspector Detective and Father Priest.
"That's the official name by the way. 'Ass Blasters™.' They're called 'Ass Blasters™.' Officially."
In Charmed Season Five, Paige has taken over Phoebe's "old role" of collecting boyfriends like Pokemon cards. ("So, I guess she's taken on Phoebe's current role as well.")
Designated Hero: In-Universe In Magic Island, she notes that the "buccaneer" heroes basically have the same goal as the "pirate" villains; the only difference seems to be if they want the treasure to spend or just for the adventure of getting it.
Determinator: Crowfoot, the Kate Hodge TV pilot so awful, it was buried at the ends of the Earth. They didn't bury it deep enough. Lupa bought a German copy, traveled to the opposite end of the U.S., hand-delivered it to Film Brain for him to convert to NTSC (in his home country of England), then traveled across the country again for pickup.
Lupa: I am nothing if not sad, creepy, and determined.
Deus ex Machina: Stated as being the preferred method of fixing problems on Charmed, and directly calls Leo the show's favorite Deus Ex Machina. Even has a catchphrase for it: "Makes it easy!"
Dissimile: "[The Black Ninja] is like Daredevil, only he's not blind and doesn't have superpowers."
Dissonant Laughter: She did chuckle at the elderly, wheelchair-bound man getting electrocuted in Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.. So the film wasn't a total loss.
After the hero of Gymkata accidentally kicks a random pedestrian in the face while swinging from a bar, she giggles and says "I have no words."
"Grams" Halliwell being eaten alive by a wolf. (Charmed S.5)
"I feel like I've seen the meeting of two titans."
Dude Magnet: At the very least, she has Todd in the Shadows and Nash's little animated stickman pining after her. Lampshaded in her cameos in the Linkara/Phelous crossover review of The AirZone Solution?, after one tries to get her to recreate a bedroom scene.
The opening for Linkara's Rise of Arsenal #3&4 review adds another notch.
Welshy: Oh my god! She got another one. Film Brain now is in love with Obscurus Lupa.
Her crossover review of Simon Sez with The Critic added 90's Kid
90's Kid: Hey can I do the crossover with you guys? Nostalgia Critic: No! 90's Kid: But I wrote a script. Here i'll read it to you: 90's Kid and Lupa make out. No wait, that's my fanfiction. Oh here it is! 90's Kid and Lupa make out!
The Blockbuster Buster's Nerdlinger faints everytime a poster of Lupa pops up. Even ERod uses this to make Nerdlinger stop interrupting.
ERod: I wonder why only nerdy goobers are attracted to this girl.
Dude, Not Funny!: Her in-universe reaction to Johnny laughing at Mark's story in The Room about a woman ending up in a hospital.
Dyeing For Your Art: Lupa is a natural blonde, but has had red hair for the majority of her series. When she released her commentary for Undefeatable, her first video review, she explained that she has been changing her hair color regularly for most of her life, and that her first few videos (Including Undefeatable) caught her at a rare moment when she had returned to her natural color.
She also remarks the father figure in Vampire Assassin is the best actor, and is annoyed he only has two scenes. (And with good reason: He's Dolemite!!)
In the same movie, some random biker from the police lineup winds up kicking more ass than anyone, despite learning vampires exist two minutes ago. Lupa wishes he was the hero instead.
In The Howling VII she's far, far more enamored with one of the townsfolk named Pappy than she is with any of the main characters.
Everyone Is Related: Fresh off the revaluation that the Police Chief is the father of Undefeatable's male leads (at least according to Godfrey Ho's Chinese dub), Ed Glaser pops up to reveal that he's Lupa's long-lost brother.
Lupa reckons meeting The Charmed Ones is akin to this.
Fauxshadow: Points out in The Howling reboot once lines have been revealed as fauxshadowing, there needs to be another reason why the characters would have said them.
Fight Scene Failure:invoked Another issue she has with Razor Sharpe, particularly as it was made to show off the star's fighting abilities. It gets to the point where Lupa declares she can choreograph a better fight scene, we then cut to her and her friends fighting with toy guns set to Ghost Love Score.
During the poorly staged fights in Blood Red Moon she takes to singing "fail" to the tune of eine kleine nachtmusik.
Film Felons: She was thoroughly unimpressed by the application of this trope in Razor Sharpe, pointing out that Sharpe should really have been more suspicious of the fact that the "film" he was in lacked a script, rehearsals and really almost everything you need to make a film.
Funny Background Event: Ash and Checkers love to interrupt shooting. Lampshaded in the stinger for Rapid Fire.
"Oooh mah naym's Ash! I luv ruinin all teh takez! Imma be in moviez an have mah own trailer!"
When the Little Miss Gamer lookalike bites the dust, Lupa's cat appears to salute as well. (Blood Red Moon)
Gag Censor: Lupa obeys the letter of the law, if not the spirit. When Scott Shaw objected to her reviews of his films, she posted them again... only this time, with crude MSPaint renderings of Shaw's footage, vocal imitations of the sound effects, and an impromptu rap at the end.
Good Times Montage: Lupa shares some girl bonding time with Cythia Rothrock — sort of. Actually, she spends the montage chatting and prancing around with a bunch of Rothrock DVDs. (A Seagal film somehow slips into the pile, but Lupa throws it aside.)
"A Man For All Seasons" plays out Witchcraft 4, as Charles Soloman Junior takes his final bow. In many ways, he was too good for the Witchcraft series... which is horrifying to contemplate.
I Know Karate: The number of people in Undefeatable that turn out to know martial arts leads Lupa to declare she would not be surprised if it turned out a kid in a grocery store scene turned out to know karate too.
Played straight in Witchery much to her annoyance.
Averted in Angel of Fury but done in such a narmtastic way she giggles nonstop.
Inferred Holocaust: Vampegeddon has its heroine, Liz, get possessed by the ghost of the (male) vampire hunter Longshank. At the end of the film, she's still being possessed, and it's implied it's a permanent effect.
She mocks the number of times this is used in Lady Dragon.
She also does this herself in her review of Undefeatable.
Kaleidoscope Hair: The commentary for Undefeatable explained that she had been changing her hair color regularly for most of her life, and that her first few videos (including Undefeatable) caught her at a rare moment when she had returned to her natural color.
Madness Makeover: Lupa desperately keeps trying to spice up American Ninja 4's montages, to little effect. Eventually, she starts grinning madly, repeating "I can fix it!" while her hair becomes unkempt.
Lupa's name is an aversion, as she explained that her name does not mean she only does obscure movies, it is Latin for "Dark She-Wolf" (Explanation here. Basically, her name should've been obscura lupa). It is rather unfortunate, though, that lupa was also Latin slang for "prostitute".
She sarcastically goes "subtle movie" during her Teen Sorcery review when we find out the love interest's surname is Charming.
Crowfoot deserves an award for Half-Baked Ideas and Personifying the Nineties.
Meganekko: Lupa sports glasses in her Hell Comes to Frogtown video. Muy bien.
Memetic Sex Goddess: There's an In-Universe running gag in TGWTG videos that everyone's in love with her. It started with Todd in the Shadows (who's developed into quite the Stalker with a Crush now) and gradually broadened to encompass other TGWTG guys.
Welshy: Oh my god! She got another one. Film Brain now is in love with Obscurus Lupa.
90s Kid even has both a fanfic and a script where he and Lupa make out.
In another non-romantic moment, Lupa and The Nostalgia Chick are friendly after watching Hope And Glory together, until Todd appears and Lupa's stinging rejection of him causes the Chick to attack her.
In keeping with the site-wide Running Gag, she tends to play "Ghost Love Score" whenever she deems it necessary, such as a fight scene in Vampire Assassin where a secondary character who never even gets a name punches out a vampire while dragging the unconscious protagonist with the other hand.
There's also her reaction to Phoebe's masked attacker.
"Turns out it's an even worse evil...(removes mask to reveal a Phoebe doppelganger)BOOM!"
Off-the-Shelf FX: Much to Lupa's disbelief, a GameCube is used as a prop in a science lab in X-treme Fighter. Even worse, the virtual reality helmet is a bicycle helmet with Christmas lights on it. This prompts her to apologize to Stakes for making fun of their CGI.
Also, in Hercules in New YorkFilm Brain points out the crystal ball is "the clearest fish bowl the props crew could find".
Plays again when Ed Glaser reveals he's Lupa's brother.
Only One Name: Remarks that Dakota from China O Brien has only one name- like Cher or Madonna.
OOC Is Serious Business: Lupa loves bad movies and she usually has something positive to say about them. If Lupa is angered or crying because of a movie's badness (e.g: Pocket Ninjas, Monster High), it's usually a good sign of how awful the film is.
"A Reverend, wearing an eyepatch, trying to mow down a boy on a rocket-powered wheelchair."
"I'd never thought I'd ever say this, but the climax of the film involves Holmes in a hot air balloon fighting Iron Man in a giant robot dragon while Watson rides on horseback to stop an android from blowing up Buckingham Palace."
No Retreat, No Surrender 2: "He explodes the villain in his own alligator pit."
"A main character on this show is a magical handyman." "They put the disease into a ninja action figure that comes to life and stabs it into people." "This plot was solved by French Stewart as a genie."*
("I can't but feel this speaks volumes about the quality of the program.")
"Phoebe has a crush on a 1950s movie star, and one time, these monkeys get their powers." "Woe to the man whose destiny is to become a magical ice cream truck driver." "So, now Cole and Phoebe rule the underworld from their apartment."
As noted, the *extreme zoom-in* with a blaring music sting is used specifically for banal plot 'twists'; two in succession in her Sherlock Holmes crossover with The Snob prompted him to lampshade appropriately:
Snob: What the fuck was THAT?!
Reinterpreting The Mystical Adventures of Billy Owens as Harry Potter in Canada.
"Hogwarts has nothing on Random Canadian Elementary."
She takes great delight in reminding us that, by the film's calculations, the majority of the Witchcraft series is set in THE FUTURE (Even if the screenwriters would prefer we forget that lttle detail). This makes the wildly anachronistic clothes and cars even more hilarious.
"Ah well. At least the music's good. Can't wait for 2016!"
Sarcasm Mode: "And we all know bad quality makes reading subtitles a breeze!" in the Bloody Mary Killer review.
Richard Norton's tiny credit in Gymkata triggers a big "NOOOOOORTOOOOOOOON", along with a hammy gesture.
She takes to addressing "Melvin" from the Tremors series in the same tone as Jerry Seinfeld to Newman.
Self-Deprecation: She remarks Pterodactyl is as stupid as someone bitching about continuity in a film, then getting the facts wrong themselves. She then looks away sheepishly.
During the opening moments of Razor Sharpe Lupa apologizes, thinking she put in one of her old theatre tapes by accident.
Radu complaining about "the demon clown" (Ronald McDonald) and his off model appearance in the animated scenes. (Visitors From Outer Space)
"I hate it when people who don't know what they're doing try to imitate well-known characters."
Sexophone: Pointed out in her Hard To Kill review: "CUE SEXY SAXOPHONE MUSIC". Later it is played again, and Lupa questions why it is being used there - when the main character is being told that a nurse has been killed.
The Amazing Bulk is filmed entirely in front of a bad green screen, in parody of the actual film.
Suckiness Is Painful: During the American Ninja reviews, Lupa makes a running gag of dubbing bad music over the fight scenes. American Ninja 4 however is so bad that the last fight scene is accompanied by, rather than music, Lupa sobbing.
Robot in the Family feels like death. Consider for a moment that Lupa loves bad movies, and that that this is one of the few that really hurt her to watch.
Stylistic Suck: In Pterodactyl, Lupa replaces the previous episode's song with a "crappy montage" set to I'll Tumble 4 Ya.
Her Lady Dragon 2 review climaxes with a stylistically sucky montage of her goofing around with her Cynthia Rothrock movie collection set to Wake me up before you go go
She finishes her Teen Sorcery review with some bad dancing set to the song played at the big dance at the end of the film.
Roller Samurai Vampire Slayers, a parody of the so-called "Zen filmmaking" style (essentially Throw It In: The Movie).
Suspiciously Specific Denial: "So, like, I'm totally not doing anything illegal, 'specially if I found a puppy one time, and maybe things got out of hand, and I had this whole lawsuit going on, but, I mean, nothing really happened, and I paid for the cab, so like, what's the problem?"
Lupa does one in preparation for her Lady Dragon 2 review, set to the music from the first Lady Dragon. We see her exercise her thumb via a DVD remote, box a guy with a sign reading "RICHARD NORTON" taped to his chest, and bench-press her cat.
Troperiffic: Being a show about critical deconstruction of B-movies, this is pretty much unavoidable.
She later observes that "Gymkata" is like regular karate with more unnecessary flips and wooshing sounds.
The Untwist: Lupa really hates how Howling IV attempts to present the story as a mystery, despite the fact that this is the fourth movie in the series and the audience is well aware this is a werewolf movie.
Unwanted Harem: She is not remotely happy about being a Dude Magnet. Justified since Todd tends to get creepy or awkward fast, as do almost every other guy who goes after her, her dynamic with the Critic is the usual fem!dommy sexual tension he has with every woman, and she's in a committed relationship.
When She Smiles: You occasionally get a moment where Lupa is down in the dumps, having written off the movie as totally bad... and then something magical happens, something you'll never find in a mainstream films, and she's reminded of why she loves Z-movies. And we're reminded of why we love her. QED.
Wire Fu: After a lackluster example in Xtreme Fighter she comments "just because you have wirework available doesn't mean you should use it."