A Night of Total Terror (1996)

James / May 16th, 2006

This is the first movie I made that got me started on my path of filmmaking. Before this, most of my movies used puppets and action figures, because none of my friends were interested in acting. Finding actors was always a problem. This changed that slightly. With A Night of Total Terror, I started making the movie by myself (setting up the camera on my own, acting in front of it, changing costumes, playing all the different monsters myself). Then I showed my friends and it helped demonstrate how cool it is to make movies. So they joined in. That’s how it all started for me. This is really the birth of Cinemassacre right here.

This is the 10th Anniversary edition which is heavily edited from the original 30 minute crap-fest. It was really a learning experience for me, not meant to be looked at for quality. This version combines footage from the original with the sequel, An Evening of Real Supernatural Horror (1996) and the unfinished remake “Spread of Malevolence” (1997).

You can see a really cool edit of “Spread of Malevolence” by Conrad Faraj.

A second remake came with “A NEW Night of Total Terror” (1999), shot on 16mm for a class assignment. It was more like an experiment.

The story was again recycled in “Curse of the Cat Lover’s Grave” (2003).

Comments

  • nerdyguy64

    October 24, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    This is really interesting, this video gives a great creepy factor that all will love. Great job and I hope to see some more of your vintage, ass-kicking movies in the future!

  • adenton7

    October 24, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    This is really good it has that spook level that horror mouies just dont have now adays. Keep up the good work with AVGN and monster madness. I love Monster madness, AVGN, You know what’s bullshit, and Board James the most of all the things you do, but i like all your movies that you make. Everything you do is put together so well. Keep doing what you love and have fun doing it.

  • Riknight36

    October 24, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    I’m surprised. That was actually pretty good for something so early in your career. The story wasn’t very cohesive, but the imagery was pretty good, and I think you made the right choice by making it a silent film rather than a talkie. Not bad for an early work. Not bad at all. I actually prefer to something like “Beer Man” where you were just messing around. You can see that you labored over this one.

    Nice,

  • kether

    October 24, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Really great !
    in other videos i saw and advance of this, thinking that the quality of the mask couldn’t convice me to take it seriously.
    What wrong was i. The music, The stetic, in context, does it great, and the masks come to play one element more in the old fashion of the vid.

  • sobekflakmonkey

    October 24, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    This was awesome!
    I really enjoyed the masks, and your mustache lol
    but yeah this is great work! i will undoubtedly forever be a fan of your because of awesome stuff like this, i mean alot of people know you from AVGN but awesome content like this makes all your viewers feel special, cause your sharing your life with us, and we all appreciate it thanks james!

  • October 24, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    WOOOW!!!
    I liked too much, it can be a little bit confusing but i love the atmosphere is very creepy and the music is awesome.
    it reminds me a lot to classic horror movies.

  • October 25, 2010 at 12:14 am

    Love the originals!

  • volt28

    October 25, 2010 at 2:09 am

    This was cool. The story was kinda eh but the masks were cool and you did crate a creepy atmosphere. Plus if I was camping in a tent and a dude bust in with that kind of tale, i’de be pissed at him for bringing all this shit to my door step

  • bungholio80

    December 13, 2010 at 8:17 am

    Wow that was great! It felt just like those old horror movies. Very well done.

  • nemesis3881

    February 11, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    This movie is cool, It has just gave me a ton of ideas for a story.

  • March 27, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Great movie James. That porno ‘stache is epic!

  • Born in the wrong time.

    June 2, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    A full length silent film, done by you would be just as classic as Mr. Hyde
    or the Phantom of the Opera.

  • TomM

    June 24, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    That was pretty interesting. I only wish I saw this earlier. The close up of the monsters actually kind of scared me a bit. Nice work on those creepy shots.

  • iamjedi06

    June 29, 2011 at 1:38 am

    …some of the gothic/dark looking parts were good

    …the acting! oh yes the acting ,lets just say it was bad

    …who chose the old english lettering? ,it was going by so fast i had to use mind and eye coordination just to keep up :)

    …it took balls to show this………………it took balls!

  • gdrigo

    August 11, 2011 at 8:04 am

    I love the correction marks under the words.
    But seriously, James, your passion for your work inspire me.

  • Mr Sinematic

    December 31, 2011 at 4:16 am

    Will somebody PLEASE tell me the name of the song in this video

  • KrisMurphy

    January 31, 2012 at 12:35 am

    James, your work has inspired me so much because I’ve been having the same problems, lack of acting friends and no budget whatsoever. but you make modern masterpieces with what little you have. watching this and The Dragon in my Dreams, really spoke to me and was legitimately inspirational. i also have a passion for this beautiful craft and you’ve helped me out a lot. thanks ;)

    • ThreeBlackSheeps

      March 8, 2012 at 7:12 am

       @KrisMurphy 
      Same Here… ;)

  • DarrylMcEleney

    March 10, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    James, who’ve inspired me and many more people just by watch your old videos that have simple effects and stuff (but they’re still good, not he effects the video) makes us believe that we can do something as good as that and because of you we are getting more movie makers.Thanks James.

  • UKLaidler

    April 7, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    You are one talented man. The mustache helps prove that.

  • January 30, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    I know you said the original was really bad, but it’d be nice to see it. Good work for an early career with a VHS camera and 2 VCRS.

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