Legend Of The Blue Hole (2004)

Mike Matei / May 17th, 2004

This was my senior film in college, (2004) originally intended as a pilot episode for a series based on actual urban legends in southern New Jersey. I was inspired by Weird NJ magazines, the Twilight Zone and anthology films like Creepshow. I still have plans to shoot the other “Jersey Odyssey’s”, but I have no idea when. Too many projects, too little time.




  • cpfan2000

    April 9, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    hahaha omg that was awesome! The ending was great. Good Work!

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  • Nick28th

    April 12, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    WOW!!! James that was excellent. i cant wait for the sequel. just curious, what grade did you get on it?

  • Jime

    April 13, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    I’d call this your first really well made movie. The other bits were entertaining, and a lot of them were experimental, but this is an actual piece of art.

    What i like the most is your development of the protagonist. Finally you have made a character with heart. In all your films prior to this i was waiting for you to take that leap and develop a character not motivated by greed, or money or anything base. In LotBH you have constructed a kid with integrity who seems genuinely interested in knowledge. He’s likeable. Also he is a bit of an outcast and socially awkward, and so we have sympathy for him. In essence: he has heart.

    Also incorporated into this film is your classic brand of suspense. This is something that I think you are naturally good at because it is a quality that can be seen even in your earliest films. The problem with the earlier works is that you didn’t have characters with heart, so the payoff from the suspense was lost (because we didn’t really care about the people). In LotBH we do care and so the suspense gets a bigger payoff in the end.

    It’s a really well made production. Good work.

  • twotummytim2000

    April 13, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    It was pretty good, except for the actors reactions to them being stuck in 1971, hahaha it seems like it might be a little more of a serious matter than they expressed.

  • TommyG17

    April 13, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    I really like this one, you should definitely continue these more serious stories like this. Make more like this one and I could see it this being a legitimate TV show one day, James.


    April 14, 2010 at 11:48 am

    O_O SO EPIC ^_^ wonder if hun would like it 😀 keep on good work james :p or else i eat u >:D

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  • Lurch80

    April 18, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Cool! Very professional! You’re a natural born film maker! I hope to see the sequel soon!

  • TroyJCrossley

    April 19, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    The protagonist looks like a mix between Johnny Depp and Steve Buscemi.
    Other than that comment, I can’t say anything that hasn’t been said before.
    Great movie! Very interesting.

  • Lord Moe

    April 19, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    nice! I wonder when you’ll make the next one!

    Also, that girl, Dana Michaels, is really pretty!

  • nerdyguy64

    April 19, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Very cool james, you did good. Now what about episode 2!

  • nerdyguy64

    April 19, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Its cool how you connect all the dots!

  • April 19, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    That was probably the best thing I’ve seen you do outside of the AVGN, James. That would be something really cool to do as a TV series on Chiller or HBO. I hope you make more of them. Definitely something I will watch more of when they come about.

  • supermangaz

    April 20, 2010 at 4:34 am

    Absolutely amazing. Easy to follow, nothing complicated and everything just falls into place. It would be a treat to see more of these.

    Thank you for sharing this with us & keep up the good work.

  • redscores

    April 20, 2010 at 6:58 am

    Awesome done, a time paradoxum behind an actual legend, that would explain why people disappeared there, very creative :D.

  • FutureProgrammer

    April 20, 2010 at 7:33 am

    I must say I didn’t expect such ending. Great. Love it. 🙂

  • ChildrenofBodom

    April 20, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    I love the AVGN series, but truthfully, if you were to quit that and concentrate on a series similar to this pilot episode, I would be very content. This is my favorite piece that you’ve made. Great job.

  • Hydrassas

    April 21, 2010 at 1:25 am

    This was pretty epic, a lot of work obviously went into it and i find it a shame it wasn’t continued

  • jogosnick

    April 21, 2010 at 9:59 am

    DUDE this is just so awsome! and it has a nice twisted ending, but yesh it should have a sequel or something. i loved it

  • Jobe

    April 21, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Liked the film. Brought back memories from “Tales from the dark side”

    I grew up watching those wacky shorts…

  • Zeigh

    April 22, 2010 at 6:03 am

    It was soo good.I liked it,especially the end
    Alltogether,its a nice cheepass movie.

  • Bugface

    April 22, 2010 at 7:26 am

    james, or anyone, what is the song that plays at 11:42? it sound great. id love to have. awsome vid by the way

  • April 22, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    One of your best works James. I am a huge fan of urban legends and mythos and this introduced me to a new topic for me to further research; The Blue Hole.

    I am curious if you have heard of or watched the SyFy show ‘Destination Truth’, because they did an investigation recently in the Pine Barrens and it was a really interesting episode. http://www.hulu.com/watch/139133/destination-truth-the-jersey-devil–the-yeren

    I look forward to more videos from your, especially if they are anything like this. Keep up the great work.

    ~Michael McGlade

  • BubbyProd

    April 22, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Whoa! Great twist James!

  • fuzzie

    April 22, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    I really enjoyed this film James. I hope some day you find the time to make another. You have real talent.

  • giant777squid

    April 23, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Wow I’m amazed how good this was. I actually gave a shit about the ending! Reminded me of Eerie Indiana a bit. Great work James!

  • ianmcmanus

    April 23, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    I was hoping for an amateur Avatar porn flick when I saw the title. Upon viewing the movie, I wasn’t totally disappointed.

  • April 24, 2010 at 10:09 am

    I really love this film. I really wish that you would make another. I mean that is rather selfvish considering how much you have to do. But i would be totally cool with you postponing the nerd and making another one.

  • MyNaMEIsSliMShadY

    May 1, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    This kind of reminded me of Creepy Canada, a show that focuses on paranormal things throughout North America. Again, terrific work, James! By the way, the main character has some serious balls. Nice ending too x)

  • dannysports

    May 3, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Im accualy in shock with how good this is. I thought it would be chesey as hell, was I ever wrong. You should for sure make more films like this. well done.

  • Dillon

    May 4, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    Damn, that was pretty damn good! Truly something that Rod Sterling would have been proud to have made.

  • JayEff

    May 5, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    There are two things that bothered me, first: Why did he rip out the pages to start with? My answer: If he hadn’t, would he ever take a closer look on the blue hole at all? It certainly sparked his interest.
    the other thing is: why did he turn samantha down, about going to the hole? That kinda felt weird.
    But that’s just me being nitpicky. As a whole, this was totally awesome, the music, the editing, the acting … make an episode two, sell them on DVD and I’ll buy one and have it shipped to Germany immediately.

  • Rastillin

    May 7, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Wow, Rod Sterling would have been proud to call that his James.

  • Jel-K

    May 9, 2010 at 3:53 am

    Very good.

  • IDaCashman

    May 9, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    That was freaking awesome dude! You gotta put more then Nerd on DVD, your films are incredible but this one is beyond perfection, it’s something that most people aren’t ready to make out of a film, the biggest surprise ending of the century. Or is it last century?

  • toshinori581

    May 10, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    James, i think you should know what everyone else has been telling you, again, this film is spectacular. The mood is chilling the whole way through, the score ties perfectly into the setting, the tension is killer, man you’ve got great talent for movie making, really, I love the AVGN but come on, you’re so good at this stuff, dont waste it!

  • Th3_Pwn3r

    May 25, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Like they’re all saying, this film is amazing, and i really think you should spend some time on the making of new movies like that, even if you need to hold back AVGN stuff…
    And its kinda hard for me to say that since im a big AVGN fan 🙂

  • drewv1

    June 3, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    OMG!!!!!!!! That…was…AMAZING lol.

  • psychguy57

    June 3, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    wow i think this is the best thing i have seen in a long time, i can rarely say that i did not see an ending coming and this is one of those times. Great Job James i almost want you to completely stop AVGN and keep working on stuff like this, bt you wouldnt be able to afford stuff like this so i dont.


    June 6, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Im impressed man, great work

  • trentnirvanafan01

    June 8, 2010 at 7:22 am

    friggin awesome. was this ever released on dvd? id like to know, please!

  • rottamiro

    June 11, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    One of the best “amateur” (if I can call you that) made movies i’ve ever seen in my life. I was kinda disappointed when it ended, I wished for a longer movie, because it really kept me focused on the story. I was in disappointed to the end, because I guessed how the movie would end, which was maybe a small cliché, but that didn’t really matter so much. Gotta say, I loved this film and I would be grateful to see more of films from you that are like this.

  • marigold23

    June 12, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    I can’t add any praise to this that hasn’t already been said, but I will say it was nice to see a realistic portrait of my methods of “hitting on” members of the opposite sex. And I’m not referring to the way Samantha was encouraging him, either.

  • bryan1945

    June 13, 2010 at 3:50 am

    Well, I watched the film before I read the description below it. When I was watching it I thought it was cable TV “urban legends” story. And, hey, right at the end Mr. James name pops up! Then I read the description. No wonder your stuff is so good, I though I was watching an actual TV show. That is some fine, quality work. I was hoping to see an old Sam at the end, but that’s just a nit. A+

  • Storm captain

    June 16, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    I had high expectations on this movie because i hav waited a long time to se it. And i can tell you that im not disapointded rather impressed how god itt was im locking forward to the next episode

  • Migz13

    June 30, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Nice work. It kinda reminds me of ‘The Twilight Zone’ and ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark’ at the same time. I’ll give it an 8.5 out of 10.

  • VGReviewer94

    July 1, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Wow…that was awesome! I’ll sound like a broken record with everyone else already saying this but maybe you should spend some more time on this stuff….i love AVGN but this is just too good of talent to waste.

  • happytreethousand147

    July 3, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    This is my favourite film. EVER. It should be on dvd or something

  • browncoat

    July 9, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Man this is so much like a modern day Outer Limits or Twilight Zone (and I do not mean those late 90s series remakes). I was really impressed with this. I originally became a fan of the AVGN back in 2006 but I have recently started watching some of you other material. One thing is for sure, you definitely have skills man. Keep it up.

  • July 11, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    This is like a brilliant little Goosebumps episode. I think you are definitely on the right track. Good work, James.

  • July 14, 2010 at 11:38 am

    The shitty acting of that Dan Kelly(the guy in white shirt) is making me sick.You can program a robot to act better.And i know that they are just your classmates, but still.Everyone else was fine though.Love the time travelling thing in generalCameraman work good as well.So, if i was a professional film critic, i would say:
    The “robot like” acting of Dan Kelly was pretty lousy, but it could not obfuscate the rest of the movie.Good camera angles, interesting, but a bit of predictable story, the music, all worked out pretty well at the end.So, if you already saw Spider-man 2, Aliens versus Predator, and Harry Potter, i say, go check that movie out.

  • brodystone8

    July 16, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    This would be a good tv show

  • ford3517

    July 22, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    This is probably the best film of yours I have seen thus far. Honestly I was introduced to you through AVGN a long time ago and I don’t really like much of your films except the reviews. This one however surprised me, it felt like I was watching a show on television made by producers with a bigger budget than you. I had to keep reminding myself that this is a movie made by the AVGN while he was in college and is not on T.V.

    I don’t know what you did different in this one but in my opinion, this is truly a work of art.

  • SchockShow

    July 23, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    I don’t know what everyones talking about, the shitty acting of dan kelly, I thought his acting suits the character, innocent, but curious. I’ve got to say the acting in this short film is a lot better then some movies today, ever seen predators?

    Anyways I really really really liked this, it’s a shame that the series most likely wont continue.

  • 8-bit Nerd

    July 26, 2010 at 4:15 am

    Very nice James. You should definitely make some more. When Dan Kelly walked through the river to get to the other side, I found myself shrinking into the back of my chair, and the way the events will just keep happening all over again for the rest of time is just genius. It just baffles the mind that The Blue Hole is a time warp, and that he gave himself the map so he could go back in time to give himself the map. Genius. Just, plain genius.

  • franz

    July 30, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Loved it. Absolutely loved it. I wish there were more episodes. The intro reminds me of Tales from the Dark Side

  • perlstinator

    July 31, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    i personally thought it was fantastic. it hit on that fine line between familiarity and originality. thank you and i look forward to seeing more.

  • Gman123

    August 4, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    This is one of my favorites because its about the Jersey Devil and I’m really into the Jersey Devil (and Bigfoot). Who know it may be out there.

  • Hippie

    August 15, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    To answer James Seth Lynch
    I don’t think its bad acting its just the role hes not supposed to be noticable, he is an outcast.
    Also if he tried to hire and actor he’d have to pay quite a pretty penny and its easier to work with people you know and trust.

    On a different note i am a fan of AVGN and your serious works James I really enjoy this and like Ed Woods says in the film review of his works “No one will ever notice that its not about the tiny details its about the big picture” in other words kudos to you and your projects.

  • sinkheadhxc

    August 19, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    how many places in pennsylvania do ppl call blue hole haha? is this the same for other states or is it just our weird ass ppl?

  • sinkheadhxc

    August 20, 2010 at 8:44 am

    pretty sweet. the only part i disliked was the fact they were like ‘yep so its 1971… :), k’ like what?

  • SubaruBob

    August 31, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Holy Hell, James, this is legit. I loved it!

  • September 20, 2010 at 10:07 am

    That was amazing. I didn’t even thought you could make something as good. Main actor is really good and all the camera work is just ‘wow’. This film is at the level of any The Twilight Zone episode or maybe even higher.
    But if you want, I can name some problems of the film: first of all sinkheadhxc is right. How did they take the fact that they went 30 years to the past so simply. But on the other hand, maybe they had nothing to loose in the future, so it was ok for them. Also, I didn’t like the voice of the narrator at the beginning. The imitation of Twilight Zone narrator would be perfect. Now it sounds like a zombie. But that is just nitpicking, isn’t it? I am not into that. So all in all this short film is really good.

  • SilverCyrus

    September 25, 2010 at 1:48 am

    Amazing, astounding, i absolutely love this.
    Its creative, not to long or short, it flows nicely, it really is your best film.
    I totally loved this.

  • callmeRaskolnikov

    September 27, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Great job on this. Thought it was very well done for a college thesis piece. Even though it was a short you were actually able to successfully create character development. Was really impressed with the score too. I especially like the antique book store. You created that perfect spooky environment that really reminded me of classic horror movies/novels. Wish you had time to make more.

  • September 28, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Very well done and enjoyable to me.
    Like sinkheadhxc said, in the end they’re comfortable with being in the ’71, but I liked it very much. I thinkit is one of the most realistic time travels I’ve seen, because characters look real. I mean in real life a person is scared by what doesn’t know, but the human being is made to get used to things, so I think travelling back in time or you get totally crazy, or you would do like this.

    By the way, in the shop there’s the cat idol!

  • yogisg

    September 29, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Man, i got serious goosebumps…

    You´re all about Storytelling and you´re great at it, theres to many
    5d + aftereffects shit out here, it all looks amazing and pretty ( but boring still cause its seen so often)

    You always manage to suck me in, thx for that.

    …id love to work with you 🙂

  • October 1, 2010 at 1:03 am

    Did you make an A on this one, James?

  • risk

    October 1, 2010 at 1:39 am

    kinda reminds me of the old tv show ” are you afraid of the dark ” or at least the episodes involving that creepy nutbag shop keep ” Sardo “. He would get upset when the kids addressed him as ” Mr. Sardo, Shouting out ” It’s SarDO!, no mister, accent on the doh! He would always sell them some kind of cursed object for a ridiculous price and when they later returned for help he would reluctantly lend a hand.

    are you a member of the midnight society James? lol.

    great work, it was a good watch, hope to see more from you, and I will be watching all the monsters classic reviews for the entire month.

  • October 1, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Great Movie, Keep it up and you will get noticed by some hollywood people

  • ulmuchiha

    October 1, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    I never knew you were “the cinemassacre”

  • Dr. Bigs Kimble

    October 1, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    I need to be honest with you James, this may be your best fuckin’ video of all time. I watch all your movie reviews, AVGN, etc. to get a break from a long day by laughing at your rants and thinking back on all the great movies I’ve seen, but this was something entirely different. The plot was amazing, the music flowed perfectly with the mood of the film and I loved the ending, which is a huge deal for me. All of your reviews whether they be video games or classic movies or board games or just things that seem like bullshit can be time consuming, but I think it would be incredible if even just once a year you could do one of these short movies. Great job, keep up the good work.

  • murphy2112

    October 1, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Just as impressive now as the first time I saw it. God damn, James; this is a good one.

  • poobumbutt

    October 1, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Hey, James. Long time watcher, first time poster. I created an account just so I could voice my praise for this video. I’m certainly no critic, but I swear, if this were a T.V. show, I would be excited for this every week. This is a true work of art. It genuinely had me invested in the characters, which is usually hard in a 20 minute serial.

    However, I also have a request about this video. Would it be possible to get the music bit where he’s searching for the Blue Hole (starts with the piano score and then moves into a drum/guitar beat) on an MP3 file? I know this was made six years ago and the original music file – if it even still exists – would be hard to dig up, but the music there is both so fitting to the mood and awesome just in and of itself I’d love to have it (as I’m sure many others would). Plus, it can’t hurt to ask, right?

    Anyway, thank you for this great piece of entertainment, adn have a nice day.

    P.S. No one was there when I did it, but when the credits rolled, I gave this a standing ovation.

  • Sh1t p1ckl3

    October 1, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    holy shit that was fucking awsome

  • movexvideogamelover

    October 2, 2010 at 12:39 am

    Wow, this was fantastic, and very reminiscent of the old 80’s-90’s horror t.v. shows like, nightmare on elm street the series, or friday the 13th the series, and of course tales from the darkside. Just to name a few that this reminded me of. Anyway fantastic work, can’t wait for the next AVGN instalment.

  • Seananners

    October 2, 2010 at 1:38 am

    everything here reminds me of an old episode of Goosebumps, i mean the lighting,camera work, the characters all goosebump esk great job james

  • zmakingmagic

    October 2, 2010 at 2:33 am

    That was fantastic! Excellent work James!

  • AVGNwatcher1

    October 2, 2010 at 7:04 am

    you make want to be a film maker james i love making movies and your my insperation to make them

  • SoTH

    October 2, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    That was interesting! Especially the twist!

  • greenslime72

    October 3, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Great story line, I look forward to the next one.

  • carlitonios

    October 5, 2010 at 11:35 am

    something that has always intriguid me is movies that talk about time. Back to the future. Twelve monkeys and so on. Every time I get to see one movie that talks about this subject, I start to get headaches. How is it possible that I can’t avoid thinking about how it all started? Hahaha, but anyways GREAT FILM!!!

  • tpower

    October 19, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Oh my god I love the music from 12:00 – 14:00, could anyone tell me the name of it?

  • NosfeRomasGR

    October 23, 2010 at 8:59 am

    the girl is hot !

  • drdankenstein

    October 31, 2010 at 1:27 am

    You should have directed Tales from the Crypt! Nice.

  • that_guy

    November 9, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    I think it’s James’s best effort yet and as a huge fan also of his influences, I loved the style of it. And it was directed quite well.
    However – and for those of you who haven’t seen it, look away now – I think when you deal with Time Travel, it’s a tricky subject.
    In this short film’s case, in order for him to jump into the pool he would need the book from himself to get the blue hole’s location and in order to get the book from himself, he’d need the information to jump into the pool to build the shop.
    Most TT films have paradoxes, it doesn’t make them any less enjoyable – the Terminator, for example, is a solid film and yet it’s story is a paradox.
    Still, I quite liked this effort.

  • EvilEntity81

    November 13, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    WOW……………Too Thumbs up on that man. Loved it. Keep em coming!!!

  • jamesf

    November 14, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    I have to say that in terms of all your work that I’ve seen on here, this one ranks as one of my favorites. The acting, writing, sound, and cinematography all worked really well together to create a realistic but supernatural atmosphere. Specifically, the time travel dialogue when Jason wakes up in 1971 felt very natural and not as ridiculous as it usually comes off in movies. Really interesting concept too.

  • 3rdclover

    November 14, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Nothing more to expect from a Tales of the Crypt follower 🙂
    I think the story line itself look terrific. The whole game played with who’s watching really does the trick for this kind of genre.
    The only thing I would like to make a remark would be on the amount of cuts between shots. I’m sure it as a very good reasoning for it but since you’re having trouble with the lack of time, you could try saving some of it by not making cuts every 2 or 4 seconds. I don’t think that makes the film any better than it is already, because the rest its very well done.
    Ill be waiting for more of this…

  • GrimMasterDeath

    November 14, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    I must say that was pretty good. Kind of reminds me of the Blair witch project but this was a lot better. Predictable but the time twist was really great. Always loved tales like this. Reminds me of Unsloved Mysteries. Love the avgn vids but I think more like this would be great too.

  • benjigoenitz

    November 15, 2010 at 1:32 am

    WOW this is great James!! keep working!!! está bien chingón tu trabajo!!!!

  • November 15, 2010 at 3:00 am

    wow that was actually really cool, completely engrossed me. The acting wasn’t too great but hey it was sufficient. One thing that bothered me though is that the ending was too strong, would have been better if it had been more subtle about it. It was still pretty great though you really nailed that Twilight Zone feel, you should definitely do more of this series sometime. But like I said it would have been with a more subtle ending that strongly hinted at that conclusion instead of hitting you over the head with it.

  • Crude

    November 15, 2010 at 3:18 am

    James this was awesome! Not only was it well written and directed, but you managed to get together some quality acting and settings. This was easily to the standard of something I would expect to see on t.v.

    3 thumbs up

  • Vyncent

    November 15, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    All this film says to me is that UPenn students have too much time on their hands if they’re off galavanting in the woods! You can’t fool me. I lived in 2 of the 3 highrises. I recognize my old neighborhood!

    But seriously, nicely done. Very entertaining.

  • November 15, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    This was amazing, I really liked the supernatural feeling it got, and it’s more my own imagination (and fear of open deep water) rather than everything in the movie. I really hope you get the time and money to produce some more episodes.

  • Anderol

    December 2, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Is that johnny depp`?

  • otio1

    December 2, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Dude you just blew my balls off that was awesome!!

  • cbanc

    December 2, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    wow…just wow I know I am a little late but I just happen to see this video and decided to watch it the second I saw the title I thought what? THAT blue hole? like in New Jersey?? Seeing as I am from New Jersey this was a big deal for me especially since I am familiar with the legend along with many other of the urban myths. This was truly great to see. The only thing I can call disappointing is that he never did find the Jersey Devil but even with that said the twist at the end was a much better ending. I know I would personally love to see many more of these I even live very close to one of the famous urban myths that was in Weird New Jersey, Clinton Road and I think a lot could be done with that along with many of the other myths like The Gates of Hell in Clifton. It would be especially cool if the store owner from this one appeared in later ones and got other people started on their own adventures. Well I have rambled long enough great movie! Oh and just the right balance of suspense and scare by the way

  • tehonlyprodigy

    December 3, 2010 at 7:14 am

    nice work! nice acting (but the girl doesn’t look as natural as teh main guy) and the piano music is freakin awesome
    also a few cuts in the forest look realy REALY impressive (the yellow grass ones), but the last lines are realy stupid. (Oh yeah, we’ve just somehow traveled in time. I’m sorry – Oh no, it’s OK! Not a big deal at all….WHAT???? YEAH, REALY WHAT WERE YOU THINKING!???? )

  • lordofsin

    December 3, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    wow, at the part of the mystique boutique part, it really made me think.
    james, you want a challenge? try filming an H.P. Lovecraft story.
    like how would you film something out of this reality?

  • December 3, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Awesome man 😀

  • lordofsin

    December 3, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    WOW, this is very good!

  • gamer025

    December 4, 2010 at 9:02 am

    This was awesome James. You are really good at these. I hope you realize your dreams and make full-length feature films some day, because I’d love to see them!

  • December 4, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Hey this was really cool for a student film. Great job

  • wrpen99

    December 5, 2010 at 7:34 am

    3 words: clap clap clap.

  • AtticMan

    December 5, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    James, if you ever see this, look up Sargel18 on Google. Now that is a story from New Jersey worth looking into…

  • Avalon kriasol

    December 6, 2010 at 4:38 am

    !BRAVO james… BRAVO¡

  • Parker2010

    December 6, 2010 at 9:48 am

    I really enjoyed that. I’d love to see what you could accomplish if given a nice budget.

  • 2dskillz

    December 6, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Great work. Kind of what would have happened if “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” had grown up with us.

  • nammm3

    December 8, 2010 at 1:41 am

    That was GREAT James:-D The camera shots and the whole script kept me interested. The acting wasn’t so bad either, i dunno why but the main lead actor reminds me of Johnny Depp. Bleh, great work!

  • victor

    December 10, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    you should check out some H. P. Lovecraft. awesome stuff, just down your “monsters from beyond” lane

  • batmanvsjoker95

    December 22, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    man this shoulda been in theatres

  • AikoujOi

    December 30, 2010 at 12:18 am

    This movie is really good, you did a great job James. It had great acting too.

  • January 4, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Sweet! The music when he has the nightmare reminded me of The Outer Limits theme 😀 It also made me jump. Made me think of sleep paralysis, man I hate sleep paralysis.

  • grimaceat7

    January 19, 2011 at 4:02 am

    that was the shit

  • STF1697

    January 22, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    this by far one of the best films i’ve seen

  • Nerdy Nerd

    January 29, 2011 at 6:05 am

    AWSOME. So is he the same guy as the guy who gave him the map?
    Hope you make a part 2 soon

  • bigmanstian

    February 19, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Similarly to the others who have commented on the film, I would have loved to have seen a long film made by you. You have great dreams and epic fantasy, the movie will be amazing, fun and scary, I hope. Horror is what I hope most of you.


  • sonny67

    March 5, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    I wish this was a full length movie very interesting and original plot. I didn’t see that ending coming at all. But where is episode 2 it says episode 1 at the beginning

  • EliteDeath

    March 6, 2011 at 1:01 am

    Simply outstanding! That was truly an amazing film, with a great ending. Congrats to you and everyone who worked on it. Keep up the great work man.

  • Serrated

    March 15, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    I was impressed. It was original and intriguing. Overall I give it a thumbs up. Nice work James.

  • darklord131

    March 15, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    done well i really enjoyed it and on my smile meter it gets a 8.5 out of 10 🙂

  • Wagner8808

    March 28, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    That was awesome! You should continue this series, or pitch it to a network and use this as your demo!

  • DiceGamer

    April 15, 2011 at 6:21 am

    James, i want to see a movie one day when i go buy a DVD or Blue Ray that says on the cover ‘Directed by: Jame Rolfe’

  • bungeebrain

    April 16, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    I really liked that. Excellent job.

  • Everestman161

    May 5, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Aside from me shatting in my pants during the bedroom, nightmare sceen…LOL What an outstanding twist and short story!!!! As far as I’m considered, not that my opinion counts for anything, it is good enough for a half hour show on HBO…I’m sure you’d agree that maybe some fine tune editing might want to be done on sceens that dragged a little, but great, great, great work….and I’m only metioning about the fine editing because I know you’re a perfectionist…Not to be taking as an insult by any means.

  • Born in the wrong time.

    June 2, 2011 at 3:01 pm


  • RHCPmassacre

    June 12, 2011 at 2:25 am

    Truly fantastic. Much better than any urban legend show you see today.

  • Skeletonz

    June 13, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Wow, that’s real good. I like the twist ending.

  • WonTooMany

    June 23, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    Gosh, where to begin?!! I loved so many things about this film: the lighting of the campfire scene, the choice of music placement in scenes, and the interactions of characters! They were so sincere, I really enjoyed this, beginning to end.

  • Artanis

    July 6, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Where can I download this?

  • July 6, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    That was amazing! If they EVER decide to make another Twilight Zone revival, YOU have to be responsible for it. I mean that intro speech was so akin to it, lol “a circus freak walking on your third eye.” That montage music was incredible and loved the twist ending. Glad you decided to keep it!

    I notice a lot of your other films are gory and have adrenaline driven suspense, but this was the best to me so far. It’s a well written piece!

    • nesnerd4life

      November 23, 2011 at 2:15 am

      wow you worded it so much better

  • cheezdoodle96

    July 12, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Seriously, James, you should make a DVD of this movie and (in fact, all of your films should be made into a DVD, you chould make a Collection outta it.) sell it via the ScrewAttack Store or something.

    I fucking love this movie man, can’t believe it was made by a College Student. You got some real skill when it comes to movie making, James, I want you to know that. Your acting is great, your directing is great, and your reviewing is great.

    We love you man, keep it up!

  • NSlasher

    July 15, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Wow that was probly the best 20 mins ive ever spend watching somthing on internet. Pure genius 5/5!! I cant even begin to imagine what you could do with a better budget. Keep the awsome work 😀

  • xwalrusbladex

    July 24, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    now one of my favorite videos on the internet

  • August 3, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    What’s the name of the piano song that plays when he’s driving?
    It’s really pretty. Can we get it anywhere? :O

    Kudos on the movie, James! I really enjoyed it 🙂
    I like how the fact that he’s in another time period is introduced.
    Great job!

  • Deeke

    September 4, 2011 at 6:58 am

    Awesome idea, reminds me of something from the Twilight Zone or the Outer Limits.

  • October 15, 2011 at 4:52 am

    Fuckin’ Brilliant!

  • Riddler

    October 19, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Better than anthing i’ve ever done.

  • nesnerd4life

    November 23, 2011 at 2:14 am

    that was amazing dude your like m night shamalan blew my mind but one question was it the jersey devil or a time warp or aliens or is it up to the veiwer if it is then it was the jersey devil

  • karsaradonto

    December 1, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Very good, very good. I am actually feeling like watching a real episode of a “mystique” show on TV. The actors do a great job.

  • SimonOhman

    December 12, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    I can so see a part of the Creepshow in this film, it was really great

  • Doogrisa

    December 22, 2011 at 12:17 am

    I like it.


    December 31, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    that was really cool! Nice music as well


    January 5, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    That was very good James!! Very enjoyable!


    January 5, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    I love a good urban legend. For anybody who likes this kinda stuff, you should check this out.


    Here in Richmond, VA. of all places, we have a Lost City. Very Creepy, and mysterious too. I wish James could make a movie about this!

  • ias kenny

    January 8, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    its like are you afraid of the dark,

  • MichaelAlessi

    January 25, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Whether you are fucking around or were filming movies you
    Mark definitely shows on this, of the film making quality
    here is an indication I KNOW THE AVGN MOVIE

    You are an inspiration to so many an to myself as well.
    I love DeathPuppy and I also feel like we all share that
    nastalgoc bond and love everyone who just gets it.
    Also big what the fucks up to MF Mike.
    Mike is the shit, and no I am not just saying that because
    I am also Mike. I say it cause it is true. Cinemassacre must
    exist forever. Long live Cinemassacre.

  • MichaelAlessi

    January 25, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Whether you are fucking around or were filming movies you
    Mark definitely shows on this, of the film making quality
    here is an indication I KNOW THE AVGN MOVIE

    You are an inspiration to so many and to myself as well.
    I love DeathPuppy and I also feel like we all share that
    nostalgic bond and I love everyone who just gets it.
    Also, big what the fucks up to MF Mike.
    Mike is the shit, and no I am not just saying that because
    I am also a Mike. I say it because it is true. Cinemassacre must
    exist forever. Long live Cinemassacre!!

  • ntflanagan

    January 28, 2012 at 12:47 am

    that last line is really funny, “How do I look in my hat” “Stupid”, lol totaly James style

  • ChillCherry

    February 13, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    This scared me shitless. I scare too easily.

  • tuknrolle

    February 24, 2012 at 3:03 am

    Very well done… absolutely loved the ending…

  • JoshBixel

    February 25, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    This is my favorite video you did easily. Dont take offense because it was way better, but my favorite show growing up was “Are you Afraid of the Dark” and this episode remind me a lot of this show! I cant wait till the AVGN Movie!

  • MiikkaPaumo

    March 3, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Awesome job, I would really enjoy watching a horrow series like this.

  • muckspreadmadness

    March 5, 2012 at 12:04 am

    I loved this but one question… how did He find the Blue hole if he left the map at home??  you know, the girl has the map when the main character is already at his destination– the blue hole !?  did I miss something or is that not important?  

    • irnotdumur

      March 31, 2012 at 5:55 pm

      the map was basic it showed the hole at the base of the one river. he was looking for the rivers i guess in the map book. maybe he made a copy as well. as long as the chick knew about it she could contemplate a quick dip after he went missing. and that is also why he left his shoes cause i was like “there already wet wtf”. haha

  • ZiggyFunBoy

    March 18, 2012 at 3:49 am

    OMG!!! that was fucking cool!!

  • 64jamesbond

    March 24, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    does james live in the jersey area?

  • irnotdumur

    March 31, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    well that was frackin amazing. honestly i did not know what to expect but that was well done. .. well done sir.  big fan of those kinds of stories. cannot wait for the movie. rock on!

  • Keydsimon

    April 5, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    That was awesome. I really liked the twist at the end, I didn’t saw it coming. You’ve gotta do another one someday!

  • thatepicguy

    April 9, 2012 at 11:42 am

    i would say this is your best movie james!

  • Ben36029X

    April 13, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    holy shit man :0 i cant belive it y hasent some one found u yet james????

  • jkenbooba

    April 16, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Bravo bravo, this is one of the best films iv’e seen from James. Keep up the good work and you will go further than your mind can dream!

  • Bod

    May 15, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    “cinemassacre” doesn’t properly capture your incredible sensibilities for pacing and storytelling, james. one of the most satisfying film experiences i’ve had in a while.

    also, immense props to anthony lombardi for the soundtrack. loved the piece backing jason’s solitary trek into the pine barrens.

  • coleboswell

    May 16, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    That was the best ending ever!!! like i mean REALLY, you should be a famous director!

  • Laughs

    May 16, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    I must find this Blue Hole. Being sent back to 1971 would be awesome, and I’d be rich. I’d work a few of years, and invest all of my earnings on IBM, Apple, Walmart etc. I’d also create Facebook, Harry Potter, and The Snuggie. I’d bet on all sorts of sports event too…

    Anyway, great film James. I really enjoyed it, although, I did feel somewhat disappointed as I was expected this to be an adult film based on The Smurfs.

  • JustCa11Mep1nk

    May 20, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    wow like one of the newer tiwighlights but way better

  • shane77x

    May 28, 2012 at 4:14 am

    That was very cool indeed.

  • unknown1773

    May 31, 2012 at 9:11 pm


  • Aaron1375

    July 10, 2012 at 12:36 am

    That was pretty good, I just would of rather had a more horrific ending rather than what was presented. Interesting though, kept expecting something when the guy was going around water.

  • dkm25433

    August 6, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    This was a great movie, James. I liked it a lot.

  • August 11, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Awesome. Pleaaaase do more Jersey Odysseys when you have some time. This was amazing.

  • job_43

    August 18, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Good Music, the main character did a real good job, and the directing was great. I always wanted to do stuff like this with the homies but never have the time with families and children. Props for making it happen.

  • Rick

    October 12, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Loved it, like virtually everything else ya’ do. I always lloove paranormal, creepy stuff, so this was even cooler. Nice job, James, it deserved to be screened twice! 🙂

  • October 24, 2012 at 2:38 am

    loved it! especially the ending, It’s stuff like this that inspires to get out there and start making films. thanks for all your hard work James its great keep it up!

  • January 26, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Very cool, and a great twist at the end

  • February 12, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Greetings – I’m the guy who did the full-scuba survey of the Blue Hole in 2007. The only thing you can count on is that it does, indeed, have a bottom.

  • Brett Riewold

    March 22, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    I made an account just to say how much I LOVE THIS MOVIE!! Dude I love. James you did such a good job Brother! Damn it’s fucking shittastic! Lol kidding but it’s really the best indi film I have ever seen! Everything! Love you work and I can’t wait the avgn comes out ill be the first to buy a blu ray! Love you bro! No homo…..k maybe a little homo….haha! See ya man.

  • ejp022791

    April 8, 2013 at 5:39 am

    James, you should shoot the other ones you didn’t finish. This is definitely one of your best films and it really did remind me of The Twilight Zone. I could see this being a successful TV series.

  • April 15, 2013 at 11:18 am

    This is amazing. You should totally make more, James.

  • Dennis Fleitz

    August 1, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    WOOOOW that was a crazy ending how interesting.

  • August 20, 2013 at 2:32 am

    Had no idea that Jesus lived in New Jersey…

  • karel1

    September 19, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    That was a little Fucked Up! I loved the film; and was sure that the antique store owner was the Devil. It’s evident that you put a lot of effort into the movie, and I’m Impressed that you relied more on the ‘story’, and less on gimmicks.


  • September 25, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Very, very awesome dude!!

  • Vanessa Corneille

    October 11, 2013 at 5:13 am

    WOW! This movie is actually amazing! The ending blew my mind O: Great job James, you’re absolutely incredible

  • Zachary MacMillan

    January 3, 2014 at 4:41 am

    Loved every minute of it – I couldn’t imagine how this would have felt presenting as a final project!I would have been ecstatic.

  • Clover

    March 21, 2014 at 12:54 am

    Awesome ^^ It made me do some reading myself on the Jersey Devil and the Blue Hole.

  • April 12, 2014 at 12:36 am

    that was nice, I liked your cameo

  • April 26, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Great job James! It’s things like this that inspire me to make films. I want to be a filmmaker and seeing this film shows me what I could be capable of if I try my hardest

  • Pietro Piccin

    September 5, 2014 at 9:36 am

    That was SO good.

  • September 11, 2014 at 2:50 am

    Great video, thanks a lot guys!

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  • Sam Hain

    October 3, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Ok. I do not think I’ve posted as yet, but I’ve watched AVG for years, and the Monster Madness is particularly of interest to me, but it was not until much later I discovered your moviemaking.

    This Legend of the Blue Hole is just amazing. Really really good. I really liked the Cat Lover movie as well, and so far you keep getting better and better with each production.

    By AVG: The Movie I think as a director you are standing on some solid work, all things considered.

  • Bob Dole

    October 30, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    This was great! This work could be something that could be on TV, or a made for TV movie. Awesome work James. I’d like to see more of these!

  • Jameel Black

    March 15, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Completely captivated by this short film. You have some serious talent. Reminded me of the ” Are you afraid of the dark” series from my childhood. Lived in NJ my entire life and never heard of the ‘Blue Hole’ now i want to see it. Good job!

  • Austin Gray

    April 16, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    im a real fan of all your work from your movies to the Avgn and James and mike I love your work and I can say I’m a fan

  • August 27, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    Holy Shit this was Amazing! Reminded me of like a Friday the 13 the Series episode. Very fuckin’ well done.

  • Bryce Wagner

    October 11, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    Ive watched this over 20 times since last year, The music and quality are great, story line is great, mixing fiction with non-fiction is also great (overall this is a 9/10 in short films)Good work James 🙂

  • Nova1979

    August 25, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    I was very impressed. Very gripping story. I was not bored once. Great job James.

  • FrankyFrancis

    January 1, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    That ruled!

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