Hellsing920 gets ready to watch something (possibly) awful.
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. No movie is off limits as long as Hellsing hasn't watched it before.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 this link.
List of films/series covered on Reaction & Review (in order of appearance in the series)
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.
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.
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.
Complaining About Things You Haven't Paid For: Early in the series, nearly every movie Emer covered was downloaded. He later added the Amazon Wish list so fans can send movies to him. And, he then started buying movies for the series himself. Nowadays, downloaded movies are a rarity. However, wish list purchases and Netflix titles are still around in great numbers.
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.
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".
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.
Let Us Never Speak of This Again: His normal reaction after finishing a exceptionally bad movie is "now that I have watched it, I never have to deal with this shit again."
Limited Wardrobe: See what he's wearing in that image at the top? Yeah, with few exceptions, that is what he wears. It's almost like a Reaction & Review uniform.
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, he complained 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.
Retreaux: The opening for the series is 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 of Reaction & Review. The reason for this was because Emer's laptop "died". Once he bought a new one, everything was back on track.
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.
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.
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 R&R of 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 of the videos becomes slightly less a review (he still talks about the films 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 is 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.
"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: This is how the "Reaction" part of the videos 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, the "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.
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.