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A film buff from New Jersey (now living in Philly) with directing aspirations, James Duncan Rolfe (born July 10, 1980 in Haddonfield, New Jersey) 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, Cinemassacre.com. 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).

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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. In 2018, Rolfe launched a new series, Cinemassacre Video where James and friends discuss different films, themed around a Retraux VHS rental shop Blockbuster-pastiche, comparable to RedLetterMedia's Half in the Bag series.

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


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    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. A lot of the movies showcased here were revisited in more detail in later years of Monster Madness.
  1. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
  2. Nosferatu (1922)
  3. The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
  4. Dracula (1931)
  5. Frankenstein (1931)
  6. The Mummy (1932)
  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
  13. Roger Corman's Edgar Allan Poe films (1960's)
  14. Psycho (1960)
  15. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
  16. The Exorcist (1973)
  17. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
  18. Jaws (1975)
  19. Halloween (1978)
  20. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
  21. Alien (1979)
  22. Friday the 13th (1980)
  23. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
  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. Prior to Monster Madness 9, this was the only year where the reviews were also available on YouTube, with each video premiering about a week to two weeks earlier than its Cinemassacre.com 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)
  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)
  4. The Old Dark House (1932)
  5. Freaks (1932)
  6. The Invisible Man (1933)
  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 (1970) and Embodiment of Evil (2008), 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)
  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. Infra-Man (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: Troll (1986), Troll 2 (1990), Troll 3 #1 "Quest for the Mighty Sword" (1990), and Troll 3 #2 "The Crawlers" (1993)
  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) and 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 Cinemassacre.com, James rated each of the movies out of 10.
  1. Frankenstein (1931) - 10 (previously reviewed in History of Horror)
  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 (previously reviewed in History of Horror)
  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 (previously reviewed in History of Horror)
  25. Halloween II (1981) and Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) - 7 and 7 (the latter being a segment from James' Top 10 Sequels That Aren't As Bad As Everyone Says video)
  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 Angry Video Game Nerd 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) (previously reviewed in History of Horror)
  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 brief look at The Horror of Frankenstein (1970)
  12. Giant Monster 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 brief look at Gamera: Super Monster (1980)
  19. Gamera Next Gen: Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995), Gamera 2: Advent of Legion (1996), Gamera 3: Awakening of Irys (1999), and Gamera the Brave (2006)
  20. Alien (1979), with a brief look at Prometheus (2012) (the former previously reviewed in History of Horror)
  21. Aliens (1986)
  22. Alien³ (1992)
  23. Alien: Resurrection (1997)
  24. Alien vs. Predator (2004), with a brief look at Predator (1987)
  25. Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007)
  26. Dawn of the Dead (1978) (previously reviewed in History of Horror)
  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) (previously reviewed in History of Horror)

    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 few reviews of TV shows.
  1. The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
  2. Häxan (1922)
  3. Alice, Sweet Alice (1976)
  4. Hilarious House of Frightenstein (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)
  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. Whereas the reviews in most of the previous years had only been viewable on Cinemassacre.com, this time around the videos were made available on YouTube as well, appearing on the same day as their Cinemassacre releases. The reviews were divided into three distinct formats:
  • 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. Most of the Reruns were either edited down from their original versions to have their movie footage removed, or else it was a review of an older monster movie with no content ID issues.
  • Lastly, this year had unscripted discussion videos. Rather than the usual scripted reviews with 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 (1920), Nosferatu (1922), and The Phantom of the Opera (1925) from History of Horror; Frankenstein (1910) from Monster Madness 3; and Häxan (1922) 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: Night of the Chicken Dead (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 I (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: The Invisible Man (1933) (previously reviewed in Monster Madness 3), The Invisible Man Returns (1940), The Invisible Woman (1940), Invisible Agent (1942), The Invisible Man's Revenge (1944), and Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951) / 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 to have a full 31 reviews, since he'd gotten burnt out from the sheer workload of doing a new review for every day of the month. The reviews were all once again scripted, but with stills instead of movie clips like in previous years, making them YouTube-friendly. 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.
  • 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)

    2017 Son of Monster Madness 
This year came with five new horror movie reviews, released on "Sunday Bloody Sundays" for both Cinemassacre.com and YouTube. The rest of the month featured "Resurrected Reviews"; YouTube reruns of videos that were formerly exclusive to Cinemassacre, edited to have the movie clips taken out. A few of the Resurrected Reviews were ones that had not been previously included in the Monster Madness line-up.
  1. Sunday Bloody Sundays: Gargoyles (1972)
  2. History of Horror films - 31 Monster Madness reviews combined
  3. Top 10 Horror Remakes
  4. Frankenstein (Universal monster series reviews) from Sequel-A-Thon
  5. The Shining (1980)
  6. Invisible Man (Universal series review) from Monster Madness 9
  7. Are You Afraid of the Dark? (TV series review) from Monster Madness 8
  8. Sunday Bloody Sundays: The Most Dangerous Game (1932)
  9. Dracula (Hammer series review) from Sequel-A-Thon
  10. Top Ten Twilight Zone Episodes
  11. The Giant Claw (1957) from Monster Madness 3
  12. Teen Wolf (1985) from 80's-A-Thon
  13. Friday the 13th (movie series review)
  14. Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988) from 80's-A-Thon
  15. Sunday Bloody Sundays: Hobgoblins (1988)
  16. Frankenstein (Hammer series review) from Sequel-A-Thon 2; longer than the condensed version released during Monster Madness 9
  17. Top 10 Lost Horror Films
  18. Troll Trilogy from Camp Cult
  19. Beetlejuice (1988) from Monster Madness 8
  20. Stephen King's It (1990) from Monster Madness 8
  21. The Exorcist Trilogy: The Exorcist (1973), Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977), and The Exorcist III (1990) from History of Horror, Camp Cult, and Monster Madness 8 respectively
  22. Sunday Bloody Sundays: The Exorcist Prequels: Exorcist: The Beginning (2004) and Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist (2005)
  23. A Nightmare on Elm Street (series review) from Sequel-A-Thon
  24. Top Ten Tales from the Crypt Episodes
  25. Ernest Scared Stupid (1991) from Camp Cult
  26. Night of the Lepus (1972) from Monster Madness 9
  27. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (series review): The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986), Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1990), Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994) from History of Horror, Monster Madness 3, Camp Cult, and Monster Madness 8 respectively
  28. A Tribute to TNT's MonsterVision
  29. Sunday Bloody Sundays: Don't Breathe (2016)
  30. George Romero's Zombie "Of the Dead" movie series review from Sequel-A-Thon 2; longer than the condensed version released during Monster Madness 9
  31. Halloween (movie series review) from Sequel-A-Thon

    2018 Monster Madness 2018 
Similar to Son of Monster Madness, being a mixture of old and new content. This time around, there were eight new videos.
  • Every Wednesday came with a solo movie review by James, and in one case an interview with former MonsterVision host Joe Bob Briggs.
  • Every Friday was Rental Reviews, a series that had debuted earlier in the year, but with new horror-themed episodes for October. Featuring James and a few others, these videos were presented in an unscripted discussion format, similar to the videos with Mike from Monster Madness 9.
  • "Resurrected Reviews" filled out the rest of the month.
  • The show also had its first ever live stream, featuring a couple film commentaries from the Rental Reviews crew, followed by a rerun of every prior Monster Madness episode.

  1. The Brain (1988) from Monster Madness 3
  2. The Return of the Living Dead (1985) from Monster Madness 3
  3. Review from James: Hollow Man (2000)
  4. Candyman (1992) from Monster Madness 9
  5. Rental Reviews: From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) Guest hosts: Mike, Justin, Tony
  6. An American Werewolf in London (1981) from Monster Madness 3
  7. Coffin Joe series (1960s) from Monster Madness 3
  8. Misery (1990) from Monster Madness 9
  9. Night of the Creeps (1986) from Monster Madness 8
  10. Review from James: Joe Bob Briggs (talking horror)
  11. The Toxic Avenger (1984) from 80s-A-Thon
  12. Rental Reviews: Event Horizon (1997) Guest hosts: Justin, Tony, Kieran
  13. Tourist Trap (1979) from Monster Madness 8
  14. Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) from 80s-A-Thon
  15. Doctor X (1932) from Monster Madness 8
  16. Dracula's Daughter (1936) from Monster Madness 8
  17. Review from James: Psycho series review: Psycho (1960) (previously reviewed in History of Horror), Psycho II (1983), Psycho III (1986), and Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990)
  18. The Night Walker (1964) from Monster Madness 8
  19. Rental Reviews: Halloween (2018) Guest hosts: Tony, Kieran
  20. Mystics in Bali (1981) from Camp Cult
  21. Dracula vs Frankenstein (1969-1972) from Camp Cult
  22. Monkey Shines (1988) from Camp Cult
  23. Suspiria (1977) from Monster Madness 9
  24. Review from James: Link (1986)
  25. Young Frankenstein (1974) from Monster Madness 8
  26. Rental Reviews: Underrated Horror Movies Guest hosts: Mike, Justin, Tony
  • Cinemassacre's Monster Madness Live Stream
    • Beginning on Friday, October 26th, there were two commentaries of public domain films, The Terror (1963) and House on Haunted Hill (1959). To date, these commentaries have not been reuploaded to the channel.
    • This was followed by a rerun of three other Cinemassacre videos: AVGN Presents "ASTRO BASTARDS" TRAILER, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: THE MOVIE (2015) TRAILER, and MIMAL THE ELF - urban legend 90s TV documentary clip.
    • Next came a rerun of every Monster Madness episode, from History of Horror all the way to Son of Monster Madness, in their original premier order and in their uncut versions with full video clips.
    • The stream then started over with the Astro Bastards, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, and Mimal the Elf videos, after which the Monster Madness episodes began playing again, although the stream did not finish its second loop. The stream lasted over 40 hours total and came to an end on Sunday, October 28th.
  1. The Manitou (1978) from Camp Cult
  2. Brain Damage (1988) from Camp Cult
  3. Shaun of the Dead (2004) from Monster Madness 9
  4. The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953) from Monster Madness 8
  5. Trick 'r Treat (2007) from Monster Madness 8

    2019 Monster Madness 2019 
The first year since Monster Madness X to have 31 brand new videos, albeit in unscripted discussion format. In total, there were 20 movie reviews from James and one other guest, 4 Rental Reviews, 2 Retail Reviews, 4 James & Mike Mondays episodes, and an Angry Video Game Nerd episode. While it has been a yearly tradition since the very beginning for James & Mike Mondays and The Angry Video Game Nerd to do Halloween-related videos in October, this is the first time both shows have been officially included in the Monster Madness line-up.
  1. Review from James: Evil Dead Franchise (the first three films previously reviewed in History of Horror) Guest host: Tony
  2. Review from James: Incubus (1966) Guest host: Mike
  3. Review from James: Ernest Scared Stupid (1991) (previously reviewed in Camp Cult) Guest host: Kieran
  4. Rental Reviews: The Blob (1958) VS. The Blob (1988) Guest hosts: Tony, Justin
  5. Review from James: One Hour Photo (2002) Guest host: Justin
  6. Review from James: Man's Best Friend (1993) Guest host: Tony
  7. James & Mike Mondays: Decap Attack (Sega Genesis)
  8. Review from James: The Head Incident (1999) (a Cinemassacre film) Guest host: Kieran
  9. Retail Reviews: Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls (iOS and Android) and the series' future. Guest hosts: Mike, Ryan
  10. Review from James: At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul (1964) starring Coffin Joe (previously reviewed in History of Horror) Guest host: Tony
  11. Rental Reviews: Chopping Mall (1986) Guest hosts: Kieran, Justin
  12. Review from James: Gremlins (1984) and Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) Guest host: Mike
  13. Review from James: Spaced Invaders (1990) Guest host: Justin
  14. James & Mike Mondays: Mortal Kombat 11 (PS4)
  15. Review from James: M (1931) Guest host: Kieran
  16. The Angry Video Game Nerd: The Immortal (NES)
  17. Review from James: Mandy (2018) VS. 8mm (1999) Guest host: Justin
  18. Rental Reviews: The Monster Squad (1987) (previously reviewed in History of Horror) Guest hosts: Mike, Justin
  19. Review from James: Braindead aka Dead Alive (1992) (previously reviewed in History of Horror) Guest host: Tony
  20. Review from James: The Phantasm series: Phantasm (1979), Phantasm II (1988), Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead (1994), Phantasm: Oblivion (1998), Phantasm: Ravager (2016) Guest host: Tony
  21. James & Mike Mondays: Trying out DOOM (2016)
  22. Review from James: The Devil's Rejects (2005) (previously reviewed in Monster Madness 3) Guest host: Kieran; and 3 from Hell (2019) James solo
  23. Retail Reviews: Our favorite Wolfenstein games and a full series review. Hosts: Mike, Justin, Ryan (minus James)
  24. Review from James: Jacob's Ladder (1990) Guest host: Justin
  25. Rental Reviews: Our favorite Halloween TV memories with Mr. Lobo Guest hosts: Justin, Tony, Mr. Lobo
  26. Review from James: Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990) Guest host: Tony
  27. Review from James: Monster Brawl (2011) Guest host: Kieran
  28. James & Mike Mondays: 4-Player A Nightmare on Elm Street (NES) Guest hosts: Tony, Erin
  29. Review from James: Hereditary (2018) Guest host: Tony
  30. Review from James: Waxwork (1988) Guest host: Kieran
  31. Review from James: Demon Knight (1995) Guest host: Justin

    2020 Monster Madness 2020 
With Rental Reviews having come to an end, this year returned to the general format of Son of Monster Madness and Monster Madness 2018; repeats of older Cinemassacre.com exclusives appearing on YouTube for the first time, along with a few new discussion videos with James and Mike. This time around, the older videos were not edited down to have the clips replaced with stills, and premiered in their original unaltered versions. As explained by Mike, "As you know, content ID can be a problem on YouTube. But it also is a case by case situation on what is problematic and what isn't. For these, I specifically picked videos where there were no content-id issues. So the videos this month will be my original edits."
  1. Fright Night (1985) from Camp Cult
  2. Spookies (1986) from 80's-A-Thon
  3. Carrie (1976) from Monster Madness 9
  4. Puppet Master (1989) from 80's-A-Thon
  5. Re-Animator (1985) from Monster Madness 3
  6. Poltergeist (1982) from Monster Madness 3
  7. Hellraiser (1987) from Monster Madness 3
  8. New review: Best Horror by Decade / They Live (1988) from Monster Madness 8
  9. Critters (1986) from Camp Cult
  10. The Stuff (1985) from 80's-A-Thon
  11. The Beast with Five Fingers (1946) from Monster Madness 9
  12. The Last House on the Left (1972) from Monster Madness 9
  13. Pumpkinhead (1988) from 80's-A-Thon
  14. Child's Play (1988) from Monster Madness 3
  15. Rodan (1956) from Monster Madness 8
  16. New review: Best Monster by Species/Category / The Omen (1976) from Monster Madness 9
  17. The Cyclops (1957) from Camp Cult
  18. The Hagstone Demon (2011)
  19. Spontaneous Combustion (1990) from Monster Madness 3
  20. From Hell It Came (1957) from Camp Cult
  21. Creepshow (1982) from Monster Madness 3
  22. Hilarious House of Frightenstein (1971) from Monster Madness 8
  23. Infra-Man (1975) from Camp Cult
  24. From Beyond (1986) from 80's-A-Thon

Tropes applying to Rolfe himself and his work:

  • Archive Panic: Invoked; James never watched Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers as a kid, and decided to play catch-up so he wouldn't go in blind to review the reboot film. 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."
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Has more than once said he has ADD. It is unclear if he has been clinically diagnosed as having it or if he's just using it as shorthand for saying he is easily distracted. During the Cinemassacre Rental about Mortal Kombat: The Journey Begins, he mentioned that he hates watching movies on his computer because he immediately starts clicking around and can't stay focused on the film.
  • Author Appeal:
    • Horror movies, especially monster movies.
    • References to shit. Sorry, that was meant to be, references to SHIT!
    • Urban legends and conspiracy theories, especially those regarding supernatural phenomena or extraterrestrial life.
    • Inverted with sports. He has shown a few times how he dislikes sports.
  • 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 elaborates on this during the iTunes episode of YKWBS). 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. He admitted the only reason he still bothers with it is because he tried the competition, and somehow, they actually had less features to offer than iTunes, so he feels stuck with it.
    • He's also not a fan of Blu-ray; while he praises the picture quality, he detests the continued practice of unskippable warning screens carried over from DVD, and is less inclined to upgrade his DVD collection than he was from VHS to DVD. He considers streaming to be superior solely for the fact that the movie starts right up.
  • 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 Budweiser 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)
    "HOLY SHIT! 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 Kaufman 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.
    • The House on Haunted Hill (1959) review opens with a botched take of the "It's Cinemassacre's Mooooooooonster Madness!" intro where James loses it during the long O, which isn't used in any other video.
  • 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: A trademark of his videos, espeically his review videos.
  • Deliberate VHS Quality: Used on various projects of his, most notably on Cinemassacre Rental Reviews.
  • 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."
    • He also has a habit of saying "head decapitation," as if there's any other kind of decapitation.
  • The Ditherer: "What Will I Watch? (Netflix browsing)", since he can't make a decision.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Ryan Schott briefly showed up in the background of James's CED player video in 2010, a full five years before he was actually introduced as member of Cinemassacre and started appearing alongside James and Mike more often.
  • 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.
  • Fan Edit: James made one for Kill Bill vol. 1 & 2; unfortunately, due to copyright, he's not allowed to post it online.
  • God Never Said That: His refusal to watch Ghostbusters (2016) had nothing to do with the female cast, and was more due to how it calls itself "Ghostbusters" but doesn't build on the established lore of the franchise, despite having gotten the three surviving original Ghostbusters to appear in the movie. He even outright states that it may end up being a good movie in its own right.
  • 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 episode where James plays with Doug Walker, whose 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: To April, A.K.A. Mrs Nerd.
  • It Is Pronounced Tropay: In his Real Ghosbusters tribute, he pronounced DiC as "dick".
    • One of his complaints about the English language in general, as he thinks it's wildly inconsistent how words are pronounced.
  • 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: Had 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.
  • Madness Mantra: During his Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers marathon...
    "Oh, Go Go Power Rangers... GO GO POWER RANGERS!!! GO GO POWER RANGERS!!!"
  • 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. He very often wears metal band T-shirts when not in character. 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 40. It really shows in the Mega Man episode of AVGN, when the Nerd goes back in time and meets his earlier incarnations (which are first shown through Stock Footage, then played by himself). He hardly looked different than his decade-earlier videos, save for the haircut.
  • 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.
    • His satirical "Top 10 Worst Top 10s" list is all this, getting excited about some of the most mundane things in cinema, like top 10 foreground bushes, top 10 dogs in the background, top 10 times where "a person's hat falls off and you can see inside the hat".
  • Playing Against Type: Known for the directing variant with making gory horror movies and gross out comedies. However, he made a short psychological mystery film called "The Jersey Odysseys: Legend of the Blue Hole" which doesn't include any gore or gross out stuff.
  • 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.
  • The Prankster: Once pranked his New Year's Eve party on 1999 by shutting off the circuit breakers at midnight so it looked like Y2K actually happened as people feared. His sister didn't fall for it and just got upset with him.
  • Pun: His "Top 15 Movies Where People FUCKING Burn to Death" is full of fire-based puns, such as "That really burns me up", "Don't get too hot to trot", "You gotta strike while the iron is hot", "Uh-oh, this chick is TOAST!", "NOW we're cookin' with gas", "It's one hell of a hot mess!" Not only that, but the video uses samples from a bunch of songs that have the word "fire" or "burn" in them.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Usually Blue to Mike's Red. Even while they're acting, Mike's hyperactive characters make even the nerd look reserved.
  • Road Trip Episode:
    • An entire series of them in the form of the "Cinemassacre Movie Location Tours", where James travels to different parts of the States to seek out real life locations used in famous films. Such locations include the mall from Dawn of the Dead, the town of Valley Forge, Pennsylvania as seen in The Blob (1958), and several Ghostbusters landmarks in New York City.
    • Visiting the Last Blockbuster Video has James and his Rental Reviews pals Justin and Kiernan traveling from Portland to Bend to visit the "Last Blockbuster on Earth".
  • 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!
  • Shown Their Work: Invoked in his comparison of Dracula's film adaptations with the book. He dissects each movie (at least the ones that are straight adaptations, anyway, which reduces the field to 12 films) in search of the book's plot points and character translations. In the end, Count Dracula (1977) and Bram Stoker's Dracula were the closest ones he found (the former winning out by a tiny margin), even with the creative liberties each work took (such as, the former making Arthur Holmwood and Quincey Morris a Composite Character, and the latter explicitly connecting Dracula to Vlad the Impaler).
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Surprisingly averted in most of his films (exceptions include "Kill for Thrill" and obviously "Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie"). The most you'll here is the occasional "hell" or "shit".
  • So Bad, It's Good: Invoked; there are quite a few films that he readily admits are terrible but loves because of it. Just one example: Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.
  • Something Completely Different: Any of his videos that don't fall into the regular series can be seen as this, such as "Why Does the Kid Shout Mortal Kombat?".
  • 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.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • James intended the Angry Nintendo Nerd to be a trilogy series of videos he only made for his friends. Then YouTube entered his life! As one of the podcasts reveals, James was highly reluctant to make another AVGN video outside of original trilogy, and it took some persuasion from Mike to convince him that it's an idea worth trying.
    • James apparently intended the Angry Video Game Nerd to have a spin off series called the Angry Movie Nerd, where he would cover bad movies, beginning with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III. Despite being one of his most memorable videos, ranting about movie sequels in an earlier episode, and even implying to talk about the Friday the 13th movies in the game review, this spin off never happened. Instead, he's only done movie reviews as himself since.
    • He, at some early point, planned on doing an AVGN episode focusing on the Super Mario Bros. movie (or he planned on it being an entry for the abandoned Angry Movie Nerd series). However, after Nostalgia Critic reviewed it, he felt he couldn't really add much to it with his own review so he held off. He eventually reviewed the film as himself for the film's 20th anniversary.
    • Invoked in his video on why he would not watch Ghostbusters (2016) over the decision to make the movie a complete Continuity Reboot, particularly as they were able to get many members of the original cast to appear in the movie... but just as random characters rather than reprising their original roles.
  • 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.

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