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Web series from Emer "Hellsing920" Prevost (most people either called him Emer or Hellsing), a self-proclaimed "D-List Internet Celebrity", where he watched movies for the first time. First, you saw him react to it, then he reviewed it.

The origin of this series is somewhat interesting. During an episode of Sunday Night Live (a live streaming show that Emer 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, Emer (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 was off-limits. The only piece of criteria that Emer had set was that they had to be movies that he hadn't seen. This was to ensure genuine reactions during the Reaction portion of the videos and a mostly-unbiased review for the Review portion. However, he was not above driving the Bias Steamroller if the movie featured an actor he disliked (most of the cast of Kickassia) or if he genuinely dreaded watching the movie (Mr. Wrong). The series had generated some amount of fame since then.

In the early hours of August 7, 2017, Emer passed away at the age of 34 due to a combination of sepsis and a hernia he had been suffering from, a week after uploading his last video, a stream of Resident Evil 7: biohazard. This was announced by his brother, Martin, on Facebook. May he rest in peace.


You can check it out by going to Season 1 (2011), 2 (2011–12), 3 (2012), 4 (2012–13), 5 (2013), 6 (2013–14), 7 (2014), 8 (2014–15), 9 (2015), 10 (2015–16), 11 (2016), 12 (2016–17), or 13 (2017).

List of films/series covered (in order of appearance):

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    Top Fives and Bottom Fives 
Done each January, Emer looked back at his favorite and least-favorite Reaction & Review subjects of the previous calendar year.

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  • Top 5 of 2012 note 
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  • Top 5 of 2013 note 
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  • Top 5 of 2014 note 
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  • Top 5 of 2015 note 
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  • Top 5 of 2016 note 
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    Season 1 (Episodes 1–50) 
February 8 – October 6, 2011

    Season 2 (Episodes 51–100) 
October 10, 2011 – May 7, 2012

    Season 3 (Episodes 101–150) 
May 10 – October 28, 2012

    Season 4 (Episodes 151–200) 
November 1, 2012 – April 24, 2013

    Season 5 (Episodes 201–250) 
April 29 – October 6, 2013

    Season 6 (Episodes 251–300) 
October 9, 2013 – March 30, 2014

    Season 7 (Episodes 301–350) 

    Season 8 (Episodes 351–400) 

    Season 9 (Episodes 401–450) 
March 18 – September 9, 2015

    Season 10 (Episodes 451–500) 

    Season 11 (Episodes 501–550) 

    Season 12 (Episodes 551–600) 
August 28, 2016 – February 26, 2017

    Season 13 (Episodes 601–625) 
March 8 – May 31, 2017

So without further ado, it's time to kick back, relax, and check out the tropes:

  • "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 him not really caring.
  • Book-Ends: Emer started a "Fan Appreciation Month" in November 2013 with . He started with Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus, and ended the month with its sequel Mega Shark vs. Crocosaurus.
  • Brain Bleach: Emer had all but said he needed some after watching Boku no Pico.
  • Broken Streak: He had a shirt that the fans assumed was cursed, as every time he wore it he would hate the movie being reviewed. He noted that the curse was finally broken by wearing that shirt when reviewing The Last Starfighter, which he adored.
  • Broke the Rating Scale: Even though he didn't have a ratings scale, some movies were almost too much for Emer.
  • Catchphrase: Several.
    "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 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]."
    "You learn something new every day." (usually after snarking about something that defies logic)
    "When does this get funny?" (asked when a supposed "comedy" failed to be funny)
    "God damn!"
    "God damn it all to hell!"
    "Thank God it's over!" (usually when the movie was horrid)
    "Fuck this movie!" (usually when the movie was exceptionally bad)
  • Caustic Critic: Just watch when he finishes a movie that sucked. He would rip the film apart. The more he hated the movie, the more venomous he became.
  • Child Hater: Emer had publicly announced quite a few times that he wasn't a fan of children in general. Often, a child appearing in any movie he reviewed would 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 disliked children, he could still feel sorry for child characters who ended up in harm in the movies he watched. When he reviewed The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure, he said that even though he hates children he would not recommend they watch that movie because he still respects them.
  • 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 caould send movies to him, and he then started buying movies for the series himself. Before his death, downloaded movies were a rarity, but wishlist purchases and Netflix titles were still around in great numbers.
  • Conditioned to Accept Horror: Most movies others find shocking didn't faze Emer. For example, he said that The Human Centipede was "as shocking as a You Tube video of a kitten playing with a ball of yarn".
  • Corpsing: Every so often, Emer would "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.
  • Critical Backlash: He's discussed this In-Universe.
  • Crossover: In the Kickassia parody Punchdickia!, Hellsing appeared and did a bit of his Reaction & Review schtick.
  • Damned by Faint Praise: You knew when Emer had found a horrible movie when the only positives he could come up with are things along the lines of "the lighting is decent" or "the camera work is fine".
  • Deadpan Snarker: In most cases, Emer came off as this.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: In the second Equestria Girls movie, he mocked the film's tendency to excessively remind the audience that a certain character was a villain in the previous movie by invoking this.
  • Determinator: No matter how bad the movies are that he reviewed, Emer would not stop watching until the credits rolled.
  • Discretion Shot: You never got to see what he's watching. You only got to see his reactions. Often times, this could be seen as a good thing.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Emer did 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 and Sharktopus 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.
    • In his Bottom 5 of 2011 video, he says this:
    "At which point, I'm probably gonna go down to California, I'm gonna find that fuckin' director, and I am going to tie him up in my fucking basement and torture him for 6 months before finally shooting him in the goddamn head if that sequel's nearly as bad as the first one."
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Averted. Hellsing seemed to prefer it if his viewers called him Emer.
  • Evil Laugh: Admit it. Every time Emer laughed, it creeped you out a little bit.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: First he reacted to the movie, then he reviewed it.
  • Eye Scream: Besides having "a thing about needles", Emer seemed genuinely sickened by characters' eyes being cut, popped out, or otherwise destroyed.
  • Failed a Spot Check: The reason he covered Inside despite his ban on shock movies was that he forgot to take it off the Amazon Wishlist and someone sent it in.
  • 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, Emer seemed to have picked up on using his eyebrow in a manner similar to Spock.
  • Future Slang: Emer spent 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 covered. He seemed 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 had 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 InAPPropriate 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.
  • 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, which showed that movies based on board games can work. 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.
  • Hype Backlash: He's brought this up In-Universe.
  • In-Series Nickname: If his Gladiformers episode was any indication, he would only refer to Vídeo Brinquedo as "Brixar", which he says is short for Brazilian Wannabe Pixar. With the Ratatoing episode, the name Brixar officially was his name for Video Brinquedo.
  • Insistent Terminology: When abbreviating the name of the series, Ener insisted on using "R&R" instead of "RAR" because of Asalieri's series Reviewing a Reviewer, which uses the "RAR" abbreviation already.
    • He always insisted on pronouncing Interstella 5555's subtitle as "The five-tory of the five-ecret five-tar five-ystem" because of the presence of Letters 2 Numbers.
  • Juggalo: Emer had mentioned being a fan of the Insane Clown Posse, though he was perfectly willing to call out the violent juggalos.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: Quite often to his own groan-worthy unintentional puns. However, he would react if a bad pun came up in the movies he reviewed.
    • 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.
  • Large Ham: When Emer got especially angered toward a poorly done film, he could slowly escalate to this level. The crowning examples would have to be his reviews of Father's Day and The King of Fighters.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: Emer's normal reaction after finishing a exceptionally bad movie was "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 insisted on referring to Interstella 5555's subtitle as "The five-tory of the five-ecret five-tar five-ystem" to mock the practice.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Early episodes featured Emer wearing two shirts (an unbuttoned shirt over a single-color t-shirt). The only change was the color of the two shirts. Played with in the later episodes, where while he always wore an unbuttoned Green Bay Packers shirt, the undershirt varied wildly with each episode. Sometimes it's single-colored, other times it has imagery on it.
  • Long Title: He 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.
  • Makes Just as Much Sense in Context: Emer states that the Elf Bowling trailer, which opens by saying that Santa was a pirate, made his brain shut off. His response to the scene in question was "Words fail me, guys."
  • Medium Awareness: In his review of Bloodz vs. Wolvez, he noticed (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 proclaimed to be a big one, on several occasions name-checking 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: Most of the opening sequences mentioned WingerDinger Productions, Emer's old and long-dead website.
  • Narm Charm: Emer used this as a positive trait in some of the movies he 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, others Choon-Li). He even mocked 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".
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: At the end of his review of Rainbow Brite & the Star Stealer, Emer says The Game Boob Show makes him feel like this regarding the film reaction/review.
    • He also tended to critique many films he watched 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: Emer seemed to revel in pointing out and mocking them in the movies he watched.
  • Previously On: At the start of his review of Mr. Wrong, Emer reminds 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 the series.
  • Realistic Diction Is Unrealistic: Due to the unscripted nature of the series, Emer's natural stutter came out quite often.
  • Retreaux: One opening sequence was made in the style of an old-style movie, complete with tinny-sounding music and film grain.
  • Rule of Three: For a good chunk of the series, each mid-show time card was accompanied by a clock ticking three times.
  • Running Gag: No matter what movie it was, Emer just couldn't seem to escape dick mutilation and his neighbors making annoying noise.
  • Sanity Slippage: If a movie was bad enough, Emer would 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 and his review of Rock 'N' Roll Space Patrol Action Is Go!.
  • Sarcasm Mode: He enjoyed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014), and noted that a lot of the backlash was due to Michael Bay producing, so Emer joked that Bay shouldn't be allowed to give money to anything lest it be tainted by his association, in a tone that was clearly mocking the detractors.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: It seemed that Emer had many rules about the series. Whenever he went against those rules (reviewing something he had already seen being the biggest example), he would 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 did a movie that was purchased from the Amazon Wishlist, he gave 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 would begin swearing...a lot. It may have been part of his way to combat his occasionally horrible stutter.
  • So Bad, It's Good: He discussed this several times In-Universe.
    • He didn't think The Room or Birdemic were this, and thought they were just boring, despite their reputations.
    • He enjoyed bad films like Miami Connection and Troll 2. In the latter's review, he said the key element to being so bad it's good is "charm".
  • Special Edition Title: Besides the extra intros he added for his theme months ("Fan Appreciation Month", "It Came From Netflix", "Puppet Master Month", etc.), his Christmas episodes went 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: Random DCE, who is about equal to Emer in terms of popularity, has Reaction & Review U.K. It's 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 were both friends, the possibility of a crossover was rather prominent but now, no longer.
    • Interestingly, Emer and DCE (James) seemed to be polar opposites when it came to Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, the final installment of which they both covered within a short timespan of each other. While they both thought The Dark Knight was good but not fantastic (this view got Emer death threats when he initially said it, by the way), Emer absolutely despised 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 were on different scales. Emer still had the series as the only thing on his channel, uploading on a regular basis and only briefly returning to ranting about two years earlier or so, and was 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.
    • Reaction & Review: The Christmas Special 4: The Revenge.
  • Straight Man: Emer played this role to the films he reacted to.
  • Streisand Effect: invoked Cites this as the reason for wanting to check out Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story, due to it being legally yanked from legal circulation.
  • Suckiness Is Painful: You know a movie was bad when Emer said things like "This is starting to hurt, guys." while watching the movie.
  • Take That!: Emer did 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 found something to jab at during his videos.
    • His old series The "Epic" Rant and The Fanboy Chronicles live in this, but his favorite target seemed to be YouTube and even went after his own fanboys one time. One notable case was Spax3. He had a whole video dedicated to him and was one of the rare cases of Emer insulting a YouTuber and mentioning them by name.
    • He takes a stab at the "Chuck Norris facts" meme with this in his review of Forest Warrior:
    "Chuck Norris is such a shitty actor that the only director who would regularly cast him in starring roles was his brother Aaron Norris."
  • Tempting Fate: A few times, Emer had named this trope after saying that the movie he was about to review could be decent.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: After watching any particularly bad film, the Review portion became slightly less a review (Emer still talked 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 portion is 10 minutes long and it's just Emer unleashing hell on filmmaker Lucifer Valentine and the film he gave to the world.
    • Possibly topped by his review of Birdemic.
  • 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."
    • His reactions to the various perverse sexual acts that occur in Funky Forest: The First Contact can be summarized as this.
  • 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—this would sometimes be replaced with a title card reading "Does it even matter anymore?" if he found a movie particularly bad, or, earlier on, a "spoiler alert" warning that the movie wasn't getting any better.
  • Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: Emer swore constantly, yet the Cluster F Bombs in The Big Lebowski were apparently too much for him.
  • Top Ten List: Every year, Emer counted down the five best ("Top 5") and five worst ("Bottom 5") movies he had reviewed that year.
  • Verbal Tic: Because of his stutter, Emer seemed to have developed a few verbal tics. The most common was dropping the phrase "ya know" in the middle of sentences to seemingly keep himself from stuttering too badly.
    • The word "genuinely" was genuinely Emer's genuinely favorite genuine word.
    • When giving his closing words on a film he panned, he was pretty prone to saying it sucked "from start to finish".
  • 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 watched, 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 discussed 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.

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