Webvideo: Reaction & Review
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Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the Reaction & Review
page on TV Tropes!
A web series from Emer "Hellsing920
" Prevost (most people either call him Emer or Hellsing), a self proclaimed
"D-List Internet Celebrity", where he watches movies for the first time. First, you see him react to it, then he reviews it.
The origin of this series is somewhat interesting. During an episode of Sunday Night Live
(a live streaming show that Hellsing and a few others used to do), there was a scheduled live commentary of Kickassia
. However, due to technical difficulties (and a general hatred for what they were watching), the commentary had to be scrapped a few minutes into the movie. Shortly afterwards, Hellsing (who was experiencing the technical problems) announced during the show that he would make a video reacting to and reviewing Kickassia
. The rest is history.
It should be noted that in this series, almost no movie is off-limits. The only piece of criteria that Hellsing has set is that they have to be movies that he hasn't seen. This is to ensure genuine reactions during the Reaction portion of the videos and a mostly unbiased review for the Review portion. However, he is not above driving the Bias Steamroller
if the movie features an actor he dislikes (most of the cast of Kickassia
) or if he genuinely dreads watching the movie (Mr. Wrong
). The series has generated some amount of fame since then.
You can check it out by going to Season 1
, or 8.
List of films/series covered (in order of appearance):
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So without further ado, it's time to kick back, relax, and check out the tropes:
- Aborted Arc: In November 2014, Emer stated he was going to review all five films in the Twilight series. After getting through three of them, he gave up and swore to never go back to the Twilight series.
- Accidental Pun: Considering the unscripted nature of the series, this happens with Emer quite often. He normally even mentions how bad the pun was after he says it.
- Afraid of Needles: During his review of Audition, Emer mentions that he has "a thing about needles".
- Ambiguously Brown: Almost no one seems to know what Emer's ethnicity is. He's Native American.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
- Attention Deficit Creator Disorder: Inverted. Hellsing seems to only work on one series. If he starts a new one, the previous will certainly die (or put on a long hiatus). However, he is currently balancing R&R and a Let's Play series quite well.
- This is confirmed to be unintended, since Emer recently revealed that lack of personal interest had cancelled 'The Epic Rant' and 'The Longbox Chronicles'.
- While unconfirmed, it seems that lack of viewer interest has lead to a stoppage of his "Let's Play" and "Let's Watch" videos.
- Author Appeal: Emer certainly does love cheesy B-movies.
- Backdoor Pilot: The Kickassia episode was originally supposed to be a one-off video on his YouTube channel. However, due to the response of the video, Hellsing decided to make it the main series on his channel.
- Berserk Button: Considering how Hellsing usually is, he loses his cool over seeing penises being cut off, bitten, or otherwise mutilated in some way. Also, a movie with horrible pacing and little (if any) plot is bound to set him off.
- Digital blood and muzzle flashes are also a pet peeve of his.
- Bias Steamroller: He certainly was riding one during Mr. Wrong, and he will probably be behind the wheel of another one a few more times over the course of the series. When reviewing Suburban Knights, he rode the exact same steamroller he rode during his review of Kickassia.
- "Blind Idiot" Translation: After watching Turkish Star Trek, it was what he said about the subtitles.
- The same could be said for Emer's translation of the title. He claims it's "Omer The Tourist: Space Road", while the official translation (according to numerous sites) is "Omer The Tourist In Star Trek"...but that could just be a case of he just didn't care.
- Brain Bleach: Hellsing has all but said he needs some after watching Boku No Pico.
- Broke the Rating Scale: Even though he doesn't have a ratings scale, some movies have been almost too much for Emer.
- Catch Phrase: Several.
"God damn it all to hell!"
"Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to an all-new Reaction & Review."
"Will this be any good? The only way I'm gonna find out is if I shut up and I push Play, and I'm gonna do that...right now."
"So without further ado it's time to kick back, relax, and check out [insert movie title here]."
"Thank God it's over!" (usually when the movie is horrid)
"Fuck this movie!" (usually when the movie is exceptionally bad)
"You learn something new every day." (usually after snarking about something that defies logic)
"When does this get funny?" (asked when a comedy fails to be funny)
- Caustic Critic: Just watch when he finishes a movie that sucked. He will rip the film apart. The more he hated the movie, the more venomous he becomes.
- Child Hater: Emer has publicly announced quite a few times that he is not a fan of children in general. Often, a child appearing in any movie covered he reviews will get a bit of hate from Emer.
- This really shows in his review of Prancer, where Emer rants on the "precocious" main star.
- Everyone Has Standards: Despite saying he dislikes children, he can still feel sorry for child characters who end up in harm in the movie he watches.
- Chuck Norris Facts: Emer gives one in his review of Forest Warrior:
- Christmas Episode: His review of the live-action remake of The Year Without a Santa Claus. He even wore an ill-fitting Santa hat and had a festive intro for the episode to get into the Christmas spirit.
- Colon Cancer: "Reaction & Review: The Christmas Special 2: Electric Boogaloo".
- Complaining About Things You Haven't Paid For: Early on, nearly every movie Emer covered was torrented. He later added the Amazon Wishlist so fans can send movies to him, and he then started buying movies for the series himself. Nowadays, downloaded movies are a rarity, but wishlist purchases and Netflix titles are still around in great numbers.
- Conditioned to Accept Horror: Most movies others find shocking don't faze Emer. For example, he said that The Human Centipede was "as shocking as a YouTube video of a kitten playing with a ball of yarn".
- Corpsing: Every so often, Emer will "break character" a bit and openly laugh at his own comments. This is most evident in his review of Birdemic after he flips out about the kid demanding a Happy Meal on the beach and cracks up almost immediately afterwards.
- Cross Over: In the Kickassia parody Punchdickia, Hellsing appears and does a bit of his Reaction & Review schtick.
- Cry for the Devil: During his review of Downfall, Emer seems openly shocked that he feels sympathy for Adolf Hitler while watching the movie.
- Damned by Faint Praise: You know when Emer has found a horrible movie when the only positives he can come up with are things along the lines of "the lighting is decent" or "the cinematography is serviceable".
- Deadpan Snarker: In most cases, Emer comes off as this.
- Determinator: No matter how bad the movies are that he reviews, Emer will not stop watching until the credits roll.
- Discretion Shot: You never get to see what he's watching. You only get to see his reactions. Often times, this can be seen as a good thing.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Emer does this a lot.
- He announced he wanted to punch every person who worked on the movie in the face for making Mr. Wrong.
- He refused to even look at the credits of Transmorphers because he feared he would need to hunt down everyone listed.
- He said he wanted to take part in violently beating the writers of Superman Returns.
- He said that he wants to burn Video Brinquedo to the ground after watching The Little Cars.
- He said he would gouge out the eyes of J. J. Abrams with a broken light bulb if the lens flares were as bad in Star Trek Into Darkness as they were in Star Trek.
- Do Not Call Me Paul: Averted. Hellsing seems to prefer it if his viewers call him Emer.
- Eight Deadly Words: Quite often, Emer has cited that he can't find a reason to care about the characters in the movies he reviews.
- Evil Laugh: Admit it. Every time Emer laughs, it creeps you out a little bit.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: First he reacts to the movie, then he reviews it.
- Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Invoked in his review of Turkish Star Wars...
"Remember kids, if you dip your hands into molten gold, you will get magical golden gloves."
- Fascinating Eyebrow: Being an admitted Star Trek fan, Hellsing seems to have picked up on using his eyebrow in a manner similar to Spock.
- Future Slang: Emer spends a bit of time complaining about the egregious amounts of it in America 3000.
- Gory Deadly Overkill Title of Fatal Death: Go look at that list of movies he's covered. He seems to have a soft spot for movies with these sorts of titles.
- Grammar Nazi: In his review of Tomorrow, When The War Began, he spends most of the intro complaining about how the title is a "grammatical nightmare".
- Guilty Pleasures: Emer sure has a soft spot for films heavy in Campiness and cheesiness.
- History Repeats: His worst witnessed movies of 2011, 2012, and 2013 were all reviewed in December and slipped into his Bottom 5 at the last minute. 2011's was Birdemic, 2012's was A Christmas Story 2, and 2013's was In AP Propriate Comedy.
- 2014 subverts this with Another Gay Movie, which was the very final film he covered before making his lists, but it was only #3 on his Bottom 5.
- Hey, It's That Guy!: Emer's reaction to seeing Bob Hoskins in The Wall.
- Hope Spot: Before watching Battleship, he admits that despite the terrible things he's heard about it, he has some hope for it based on the fact that he enjoyed the film Clue. Ultimately, after watching it, he comes to the verdict that you'd be better off punching yourself in the face for 30 minutes than you would be watching it.
- In-Series Nickname: If his Gladiformers episode is any indication, he will only refer to Video Brinquedo as "Brixar", which he says is short for Brazilian Wannabe Pixar. With the Ratatoing episode, the name Brixar officially is his name for Video Brinquedo.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: During his review of Catwoman, Emer says that the writing is "Purr-fectly corny". You can almost see him cringe after saying it, too.
- In his review of Thor, after mentioning that he enjoyed the Iron Man movie while not caring about the character, he said that maybe Marvel could "make lightning strike twice". As soon as he finished saying it, he even mentions how bad the pun was.
- Insistent Terminology: When abbreviating the name of the series, Hellsing insists on using "R&R" instead of "RAR" because of Asalieri's series Reviewing a Reviewer, which uses the "RAR" abbreviation already.
- He always insists on pronouncing Interstella5555's subtitle as "The five-tory of the five-ecret five-tar five-ystem" because of the presence of Letters 2 Numbers.
- Juggalo: Emer has mentioned being a fan of the Insane Clown Posse. Although he is perfectly willing to call out the violent juggalos.
- Lame Pun Reaction: Quite often to his own groan-worthy unintentional puns. However, he will react if a bad pun comes up in the movies he reviews.
- Let Us Never Speak of This Again: Emer's normal reaction after finishing a exceptionally bad movie is "Now that I have watched it, I never have to deal with this shit again."
- In his Super Donkey Kong '99 Let's Play video, he says it word for word.
- Letters 2 Numbers: Emer isn't very fond of these. For example, he insists on referring to Interstella5555's subtitle as "The five-tory of the five-ecret five-tar five-ystem" to mock the practice.
- Limited Wardrobe: Every episodes features Emer wearing two shirts (an unbottoned shirt over a single color t-shirt). The only change is the color of the two shirts.
- Long Title: He has reviewed both The 41-Year Old Virgin Who Knocked Up Sarah Marshall And Felt Superbad About It and 30 Nights Of Paranormal Activity With The Devil Inside The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, in both cases complaining about the ridiculous length of the titles.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: While not playing a character, people have found Emer to be less abrasive and rude outside of his series.
- Medium Awareness: In his review of Bloodz vs. Wolvez, he notices (and makes mention of the fact) that the series was now in widescreen. Even in the following episode, he mentions that he still isn't used to being in widescreen.
- Metal Head: Emer himself proclaims to be a big one, on several occaisions he has name checked Alice Cooper, Nine Inch Nails, KISS, Motörhead and Quiet Riot
- More Dakka: From his review of Meet the Feebles:
"I think that every puppet film should actually have gunplay. That was just awesome."
- Mythology Gag: In the new opening to the series, there is a mention of WingerDinger Productions, Hellsing's old and long dead website.
- Narm Charm: Hellsing uses this as a positive trait in some of the movies he's reviewed.
- No Pronunciation Guide: In his review of Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, Emer mentions that the cast couldn't keep straight how to pronounce the main character's name (some said it Chun-Li, other Choon-Li). He even mocks this by switching between the two pronunciations over the course of the review.
- "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: From his review of Troll 2...
"Troll is the story of Harry Potter as he fights a troll. No, I am not making that up, and I am not being snarky. It really is about Harry Potter fighting a fucking troll. Look it up."
- Not That There's Anything Wrong with That: From his review of Mr. Wrong regarding Ellen DeGeneres coming out of the closet shortly after the release of the movie:
"If I was in her situation and if I had to star in something this awful, I would go gay too. Alright? So, I do not blame her at all. I wouldn't have blamed her anyway."
- Oddly Named Sequel: "Reaction & Review: The Christmas Special 2: Electric Boogaloo"
- Old Shame: Hellsing has publicly stated that he isn't really proud of how the first episode turned out. He is also apparently ashamed of the rants he did before he started this series.
- 100 Scariest Movie Moments: During his review of Audition, Emer mentions getting his first taste of the movie thanks to this special.
- One of Us: Emer is proud of his nerdy habits. And, he's also an admitted TV Tropes addict.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: At the end of his review of Rainbow Brite & The Star Stealer, Hellsing says The Game Boob Show makes him feel like this regarding the film reaction/review.
- Hellsing also tends to critique many films he watches as being overshadowed by something else.
- Parental Bonus: Emer mentions this trope by name and describes it in his review of The Cat in the Hat.
- Plot Hole: Hellsing seems to revel in pointing out and mocking them in the movies he watches.
- Previously On: At the start of his review of Mr. Wrong, Emer reminds the viewers that he announced his dislike towards even doing that movie in a previous episode.
- Public Domain Soundtrack: When the series finally started using a Theme Tune, it was Charles Gounod's "Funeral March Of A Marionette".
- Reaction Shot: Duh. Look at the title of this series.
- Realistic Diction Is Unrealistic: Due to the unscripted nature of the series, Emer's natural stutter comes out quite often.
- Retreaux: One of the opening sequences was made in the style of an old-style movie, complete with tinny-sounding music and film grain.
- Rule of Three: Every time a title card shows up to show how much time has passed, we always hear a clock tick three times (with the Kickassia episode being the one exception to this).
- Running Gag: No matter what movie it is, Hellsing just can't seem to escape dick mutilation.
- Sanity Slippage: If a movie is bad enough, Emer will slowly go from his cool, calm, and collected self to a borderline psychotic as the movie progresses. No example shows this off more than his review of Birdemic.
- Schedule Slip: Most of March and April 2012 saw only one episode. The reason for this was because Emer's laptop "died". Once he bought a new one, everything was back on track.
- Happened again in mid 2014. Because of technical issues, his review of The Lords Of Salem was a day late.
- Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: It seems that Emer has many rules about the series. Whenever he goes against those rules (reviewing something he has already seen being the biggest example), he will mention it.
- Self-Deprecation: In his review of Gladiformers, he mocks the fact that he didn't pick up on the camera's focus messing up until the end of the video with a subtitle reading "Good eye there, fat boy".
- He also did this in his Forest Warrior episode while he was having a major stuttering fit with a subtitle reading "Spit it out, lardo."
- Shout-Out: Any time he does a movie that was purchased from the Amazon wish list, he gives a shout out to the person who sent the movie.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: When angered by an exceptionally bad movie (or sometimes an unbelievably good movie), Emer will begin swearing...a lot. It may be part of his way to combat his occasionally horrible stutter.
- Special Edition Title: Besides the extra intros he adds for his theme months ("Fan Appreciation Month", "It Came From Netflix", "Puppet Master Month", etc.), his Christmas episodes go all out with all-new intros complete with Christmas music. His 2-Year Anniversary Special also saw a whole new intro with a remade version of his usual opening song.
- Spin-Off: RandomDCE, who is about equal to Emer in terms of popularity, has Reaction & Review U.K. It is a mix of Type 5 and Type 11. It's the same basic premise as Emer's series, but filmed in the U.K. Since they're both friends, the possibility of a crossover is rather prominent.
- Interestingly, Emer and DCE (James) seem to be polar opposites when it comes to Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, the final installment of which they both covered within a short timespan of each other. While they both think The Dark Knight was good but not fantastic (this view got Emer death threats when he initially said it, by the way), Emer absolutely despises Batman Begins, calling it a pretentious, overhyped piece of shit, but thinks The Dark Knight Rises was the best of the whole trilogy. James, on the other hand, loves Begins but thinks Rises is at most passable.
- In addition, their attention to their own series are on different scales. Emer still has the series as the only thing on his channel, uploading on a regular basis and only briefly returning to ranting about two years ago or so, and is really trying to be more professional with the presentation of it and such. James, on the other hand, has more or less pushed Reaction and Review U.K. to the secondary department, uploading very sporadically. This is in order to focus on another series, English B@stards, which some could argue he is trying to be more professional than usual with.
- Stock Subtitle: Emer snarks about the use of these during his review of Hellraiser: Revelations.
- Straight Man: Emer plays this role to the films he reacts to.
- Suckiness Is Painful: You know a movie is bad when Emer says things like "This is starting to hurt, guys." while watching the movie.
- Take That: Emer does this quite a bit. Whether it be a shot at previous movies he has covered (such as his shots towards Kickassia), or something almost unrelated (his shot at Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark during his video on the Superman musical), he will find something to jab at during his videos.
- Tempting Fate: A few times, Hellsing has named this trope after saying that the movie he is about to review could be decent.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: After watching any particularly bad film, the Review portion becomes slightly less a review (he still talks about the film's faults, but not that much) and more a long-winded attack against the filmmakers, the crew, the cast, or even the fans of the film.
- The most triumphant example of this would have to be his review of Slaughtered Vomit Dolls. The review is 10 minutes long and it's just Hellsing unleashing hell on filmmaker Lucifer Valentine and the film he gave to the world.
- Possibly topped by his review of Birdemic: Shock And Terror.
- This Is Wrong on So Many Levels: From his review of Let My Puppets Come...
"So, we just had Pornocchio screwing a talking, ya know, vag. There are far too many things wrong with what I just said. And yet, I just saw that. This film is (beat) warped."
- Time Passes Montage: How the "Reaction" part is shown. We get highlights of his time watching the movie, with title cards (complete with the sound of a ticking clock) informing us how much time has passed since the last clip.
- Top Ten List: Every year, Emer counts down the five best (or "Top 5") and five worst (or "Bottom 5") movies he has reviewed that year.
- Verbal Tic: Because of his stutter, Hellsing seems to have developed a few verbal tics. The most common is dropping the phrase "ya know" in the middle of sentences to seemingly keep himself from stuttering too badly.
- The word "genuinely" is genuinely Emer's genuinely favorite genuine word.
- Very Special Episode: His Downfall video could be seen as this, given how it deals with a very sensitive subject unlike the usual type of movie he watches, and also his reaction is much more reserved than usual due to its impact on him
- Widget Series: Looking at the tags on his review of Executive Koala, he has both "Weird Japanese Thing" and "WJT". Judging by the movie, they seem very appropriate.
- Xtreme Kool Letterz: Emer discusses the phenomenon in his review of Bloodz vs. Wolvez.
And, with that, we come to the close of the "Reaction & Review" TV Tropes page. Until next time, ladies and gentlemen, take care, and I will see you all in the near future. Peace.