Monster Madness (1993)

Mike / September 28th, 2011

The ORIGINAL Monster Madness from 1993. My obsession with monster movies started when I was young.


  • September 28, 2011 at 1:51 am

    That’s great knowledge. How old were you when you made these?

  • julez220

    September 28, 2011 at 1:58 am

    more evil than anyone thinks, hes not just… u know what, thats it! lmao! how old were u here. great video. cant wait to c u at philly movie/animation festival.

  • TehJedicake

    September 28, 2011 at 2:01 am

    Even then James was fuckin brilliant lol

  • You Can Just Walk Over It

    September 28, 2011 at 2:10 am

    Dracula is indeed more evil than we think. I always went as a vampire for Halloween every year.

    I love all the misconceptions brought up that people first think of with these monsters – the mummy wrapped in bandages the whole movie, frankenstein = the monster etc. Reminds me of the top 10 sequels that aren’t as bad as everyone says video.

  • Snake_

    September 28, 2011 at 5:30 am

    Ghostbusters actionfigures:P Epic! I had Dracula ;P

  • TheDers

    September 28, 2011 at 5:58 am

    It’s VEL-o-Ci-RAPTOR, everyone got that? Damn I’m sick of you people not getting it right. Finally someone tells it like it is!

  • Kilgore

    September 28, 2011 at 6:30 am

    you really know your shit james, youre the only man for the job thats why we watch =D

  • felphero

    September 28, 2011 at 7:31 am

    LOL James was already a huge nerd even back then

  • WonTooMany

    September 28, 2011 at 8:34 am

    I really enjoyed this! It’s nice to see that you had so many classic films and literature at your disposal, at such a young age. Keep up the fantastic work, James!

  • fireworka

    September 28, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Hahahaha the ending was particularly awesome. You think he’s gonna read the book but BAM! dinosaur comes at ya! That’s the sign of a good director, right there.

  • JayWak

    September 28, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Waow, now I realise some people were just born awesome!
    I guess he was around 12 years old, and he had already so much passion for this stuff! Your movie’s definitely gonna be a success, no way someone who lived his entire life with that much passion can be disappointing.

  • AnKun

    September 28, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Hmm. A zombie velociraptor? Nice costume

  • viJilance

    September 28, 2011 at 10:35 am


  • viJilance

    September 28, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Velo-Sir-Raptor LOLZ

  • Joker83

    September 28, 2011 at 11:35 am

    So awesome. We would have been great friends if we knew each other back then. I had all those Ghostbuster monster figures too.

  • September 28, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    God i love this πŸ˜€ if you have a movie review you could post is as a part of monster madness ’11

  • You Only Live Thrice

    September 28, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    haha that was great, setting the record straight even at 13!

  • pmoves

    September 28, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    love it. everything you post is gold. can’t wait for monster madness

  • September 28, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    it really is crazy how little you’ve changed. As much as you love to direct it seems like you’ve always loved being in front of the camera just as much. you’ve been learning to be a one man show your whole life man. Now, if only we could dig up some old footage of Mike. we’ve all got the scoop on James, but Mikes humble beginnings remain a mystery

  • September 28, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    You were a freaking elite at such a young age lol

  • September 28, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    haha Raptor Jesus made a cameo πŸ˜›

  • magnushaavikko

    September 28, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Nice video. I had those Ghostbusters figures. Only those three in the Classic Monsters line, though. Surely, there were more. Three would be an odd number to have in a product line.

  • September 28, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Great video, but FUCK this Scream 4 ad that flies out on the site. That’s a good movie but that ad is horrible.

  • TheAceofSpadez

    September 28, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Has James never not been a total fucking badass??? I loved this!

  • phoenix252005

    September 28, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Wow! You sure knew alot back then James. We woulda been best buds if I knew you then. You are real knowledgeable about sci-fi,pretty awesome!

  • CSMovieDude

    September 28, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    I have that very same copy of that book! I got it when I was in 2nd Grade back in Elementary School. That’s kind of cool, I guess.

  • September 28, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Dracula’s powers always crack me up. I suppose the are bad ass, yeah, but they make no sense! I mean, a Moon beam? he turns into a mass of sunlight that’s been reflected off the moon? isn’t sunlight supposed to hurt him? I swear, I have nothing but the utmost respect for the classic supernatural creature traditions, but the more I learn about Dracula and the old school “Evil Monster” vampires, the more I have to shake my head and sigh in exasperation.

    and I’m glad to see me and James share a pet peeve when it comes to movies based off of novels. why do they always have to leave out the good stuff?

  • September 28, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    You were born to do this stuff James, great stuff!

  • September 28, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    And thats proves my opinion for you even more,when i said that you actualy liked allot to make those reviews and being a realy creative boy in your age! like you i have grown up acompanied by monster horror movies and stuff like that while other children scared only in the view of the cover of the film.Friday the 13th,fright nignt,nightmare on elm street,hell raiser and many other films.If i lived in usa we were sertainly make a realy good friends both of us man.I would love to meet you sometime in person.Because trust me we share the same opinions in many things and not only the greatest thing with us is that we are nostalgic.

  • September 28, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    You were far ahead of your time James, just like some kid putting his reviews on Youtube these days but 15-20 years ago good stuff =)

  • GoldenFrog

    September 28, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Didn’t know you were soo deep into it at that age, this video shows the passion.

  • Valis77

    September 28, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    James is a prodigy when it comes to doing stuff like this. 18 years and still doing monster madness πŸ˜›

  • culwin

    September 28, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    LOL you seem really pissed off that people have this stuff wrong

  • Koga

    September 28, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    I loved this, homemade charm, it shows there’s vulnerabilities behind “The Great One”, that you werent’s a guru of monster trivia your whole life, you made mistakes, you learned, and look where you are today. =]

    I love these videos because it’s so cool seeing the techniques you used filming wise to get the product you desired at the time. It’s no wonder you slave hours per episode of AVGN, because you developed that patience as a child.

  • September 28, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    I love it when you post these old movies you made just messing around. Great stuff James!

  • Iron Tiger

    September 28, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Wow. I’m surprised. I thought this was going to be a fun little video you put up but it’s actually really well made. Well editing needed some work but the material was spot on. And to think this was before the internet.

    This is why I love your videos. You can see through passion that isn’t just from out of the blue like all the other AVGN wannabe’s. Keep up the good work.

  • September 28, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    “But-But everyone’s wrong.” XD EVERYONE’S WRONG!!! You said it James.

    You were awesome at 13 and you are awesome at 31. You definitely sound different, but I can still tell it’s you. Your 13 year old self acts like he is your 13 year old self.


  • September 28, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    I think the back ground chatter was really staring to piss you off at some points. It would of pissed me off too. Classic stuff man.

  • xcello2011

    September 29, 2011 at 3:40 am

    i got to admit watching your videos where your talking about old movies and games certainly bring back memories from my childhood the good times i had when i was a kid playing those games and watching those movies thats what makes me interested in your videos.

  • September 29, 2011 at 9:00 am

    At the end it looks like the mask Doug and Rob from TGWTG used in their “Jurassic Park 2” review LULZ

  • Mustard Tiger

    September 29, 2011 at 10:48 am

    I had those toys (and probably still do have in the attic). The mummy was cool ^^

  • Lodmot

    September 29, 2011 at 11:49 am

    This is awesome dude!
    What’s kind of freaky is……. you actually looked a lot like me at that age! o_o

  • September 29, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    You remind me of my nephew, who knows everything about movies and loves to inform everyone all the details about it.

  • EdWood1138

    September 29, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    I love the use of the Ghostbusters toys

  • TaleSpin

    September 29, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    james is so cute

  • Skab

    September 29, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    I’m sooo looking forward to this year’s monster madness James! They really make October a more exciting month – it’s like christmas, every day, for 31 days!

  • JediRob

    September 29, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Great video. Thanks for sharing. I love these.

  • rewf87650

    September 29, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    I have that book!
    Nice Vid james

  • September 29, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    Little James FTW. You should make a show with both of you sharing scenes.

  • Michael Macleod

    September 29, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Everyone always said i was weird, glad to know I wasn’t the only normal kid around.

  • Steven Jielburg

    September 29, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    I used to do this stuff as a kid all the time. Except it was about videogames and Pokemon. Heh.

  • Lanlost

    September 30, 2011 at 2:29 am

    Some (bitter) people complain that everyone seems to not have a filter and thinks that everything you create is award worthy. I take the route (and have commented this many times) that this is not the case, obviously, and that you don’t believe it to be either. They seem to take it rather personal and serious that someone would think their childhood videos were amazing.

    .. sigh.

    I always defend your decision to put these up because a lot of people like seeing them, regardless of quality. It’s one of the many reasons that you seem so approachable and normal to people. Plus, it’s more material, regardless of quality, for AVGN starving people.

    I personally wouldn’t really release stuff that wasn’t at least of a certain quality. Although, heh, it’s possible that you wouldn’t either and that this truly is the best of these videos, relatively. I would suspect that this is true.

    Anyway, I never really get attached to these videos you put up. It’s cute and every once in a while I like seenig little- James, but for some reason I really DID like this video. Why? It’s amazing how much of little-James you still have inside you. At 26, I really feel like the last decade flew by and I went though a lot of changes. I’m honestly not sure I would recognize myself unless I identified myself though some of my major hobbies that haven’t changed. Perhaps you feel the same way.

    What this makes me think though is that we don’t really change all that much. It’s scary how similar your style is these days to your old style. Your personality, mannorisms, way of speaking, etc, at least as far as on video .. has barely changed. I was making videos and recording game footage as young as I can remember. As soon as I discovered that we had a camcorder I was off and playing with it. However, I don’t feel that I was nearly as knowledgeable about the subject matter or as articulate.

    Really, it seems that there is no way anyone could have anything bad to say at this point. There’s no way anyone could say you have sold out or anything after seeing this. It’s clear that this really has been a life long passion for you and I can’t wait to see where you continue to go from here.

    For all the bitter people here, I’ll just give this zero stars anyway, happy?.

    Keep up the good work! Scumbag.

  • Lanlost

    September 30, 2011 at 2:32 am

    Also James, I’m curious after watching this (I’m only at the Mummy part). Did your parents get you into these movies? Your mom? Your Dad? Did they share a love for old horror movies or is this something you acquired completely by yourself?

    Also, I didn’t know about Frankenstein’s Monster NOT being named Frankenstein until sometime last year. Probably due to something you said…

  • Freaknut

    September 30, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Goddamm you were one smart kid

  • scronan

    September 30, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    Lol, that was great…although I didn’t get the impression that you swore like a sailor at that age like you do today.. I have some old audio tapes from 20 years ago when my younger brothers back were 8-10 years old…and holy hole in a donut batman I had forgotten how much those little bastards used to swear…I mean f-bomb city would be an understatement. Then again, it sounded like your folks were nearby so maybe you had to keep it PG. πŸ™‚

    BTW James, did anyone ever mention that you looked a bit like Fred Savage as a kid? πŸ™‚

  • October 1, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    haha the ending was awesome

  • Hypoxic

    October 1, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Man, those Real Ghostbusters monster toys were awesome. Fucking awesome, I says!

  • October 4, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    A Then meets Now? Generations? That’ll be hard.
    Or are you thinking like James picks out some old video and we see his (embarrassed) reactions?

  • Ben_from_G-town

    October 5, 2011 at 12:50 am

    You said Velociraptor wrong! :p All in all though, this was another interesting peak into the early beginnings of “Cinemassacre”. Gotta’ give you props for actually going somewhere with your dream and making something of yourself. Most people never achieve that! I also like that you seem so relatable and approachable, as others have mentioned.

  • TheProfessor

    October 5, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Yeah, so he pronounced a lot of things wrong. We all did as kids. The sad part is that most of the adults I know still can’t spell “you’re” correctly.

    Anyway, I wonder WHO James was making these videos for. His childhood movies are obviously for his family and friends as much as himself. I, like many, did that.

    But reviews? That’s a very youtube-ish style of video. People search out those things. I gotta wonder if he sat his mom and dad down and said “Here, check out my review of Jurassic Park.”

  • asnaes1981

    October 6, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Glad to see that you were as big a monster fan as I was when you were a kid.

  • number363

    October 10, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    I believe the monster was called Adam after the first man on earth created by god, the Monster was the first of it’s kind created by Frankenstein, its another play with god, I have not seen the original movie but I think they would have left it for the same reason the line about God was cut at the end of the film.
    But of course I could be wrong

  • amelcher

    October 10, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Totally had that raptor costume as a kid.

  • queenulhu

    October 23, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Aww little James is so precious! If I had met you when I was a little girl I would have instantly fallen in love!!!!

  • Bailey_Bat

    October 23, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    “But everyone is wrong!” You tell ’em little James.

    I also loved your pronunciation of “Vello-Sir-Raptor” <3

    During your Jurassic Park Video Game review, you had briefly touched the Sega Genesis "Rampage Edition" game. If you did make it to the end, the final boss is Alan Grant in a rubber raft and you have to shoot the heck out of the perusing T-Rex whilst speeding down the river. Strange that the obscure video game would have a scene closer resembling the book then the movie adaption, huh?

    Also, you were a very weird child =P But who wasn't?

  • darknerd64

    December 26, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    That’s my exact response when people always say “Frankenstein.” Are you going to do a review of “Night of the Lepus?” Maybe for Monster Madness 2012.

  • PhelanVelvel

    April 19, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    I love these videos with James as a kid. They’re so endearing, and it’s nice to see that other kids were nerdy and as vehemently into certain things as I was. I love how he talks like he has something to prove–“Everyone calls it that, but they’re WRONG!” I can remember saying things like that to my classmates often. Also, it just makes me happy seeing a kid reading books, good books with substance. I know this is from ages ago, but it’s still nice to see. It seems rare to see kids reading at all nowadays, let alone Dracula and Jurassic Park. Anyway, I think these are great.

  • Virtual Vernon

    September 24, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Aren’t Most movies based off novels?

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  • October 7, 2013 at 12:49 am

    haha i would get mad too if people said frankenstein i was 10 haha

  • tribe fan

    October 9, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    But wait… I’m confused. Is Dracula evil or not? πŸ˜›

  • September 21, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    From humble beginnings…

  • Weldin Dunn

    October 31, 2015 at 11:25 am

    He reviewed Night of the Lepus this year! I love how he put Night of the Lepus with The Mummy and Dracula.

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