SNIX 20th Anniversary introduction

Mike Matei / April 6th, 2013


  • Son_Of_Jack_Deth

    April 6, 2013 at 6:46 am

    Looking forward to seeing your past endeavors. They have been fun so far, so I think I will enjoy them.

    Also wanted to ask, what type of camera are you filming with these days? The footage on the show has been looking amazing.


  • April 6, 2013 at 6:54 am

    Cool, can’t wait!

  • April 6, 2013 at 7:17 am


  • April 6, 2013 at 7:19 am

    looking forward to it bro

  • Connor Lefevers

    April 6, 2013 at 7:27 am

    the video won’t start

  • Retr0Hedgehog97

    April 6, 2013 at 7:46 am

    I’m really looking forward to seeing these movies in order, it’s nice as you mentioned to see the progression. Not only in the films themselves but in a person.

    I’ll be leaving feedback on each, and every one!
    Thank’s for sharing them with us all, especially for me as i’m highly interested in making movies myself.

  • Ace

    April 6, 2013 at 8:20 am

    James, have always been very impressed by your bravery and willingness to openly share details of your life, and of discussing how your past work ranges from inspired to embarrassing to downright horrible. Is the mark of a true artist to be able to take an honest look at oneself, and in turn present it uninhibited to a critical audience. Thanks for this new (old) addition to your portfolio, looking forward to it!

  • xdeathknightx

    April 6, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Sounds really interesting. The movies might not be that great but I always like to see someone progress. When I read an online comic (and have read everything) I like to go back to the early days just to see how they started out and what progress they made.

    And I like how open you are about how you were as a kid and the social challenges you faced. I am glad movies helped you deal with them and that you found some great friends and a great wife that are there for you!

    • Rick

      April 6, 2013 at 11:43 am

      As always James, you’re my inspiration and I cannot friggin’ wait to see another bit from your younger days! πŸ˜€ Snix it is!

  • Lukas Sprehn

    April 6, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Can’t wait for my Saturday mornings! πŸ™‚

  • April 6, 2013 at 10:42 am

    James are there any upcoming horror movies that you are working on? Outside of your’e other projects?

    • Lukas Sprehn

      April 6, 2013 at 11:24 am

      He wants to do a scary horror film, and a funny one. He’s said so himself. He namely want to do some kind of horror film based on the Neighborhood Watch guy on the Neighborhood Watch signs πŸ™‚ The guy with the trenchcoat.

  • Shade

    April 6, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Looking forward to this as the riff-trax suggestion would be a fun thing to try.

  • April 6, 2013 at 11:20 am

    I really enjoyed this introduction to snix it accually kinda reminds me of the nerd because it looks like snix is angry and I know that he is suppost to be a villan the nerd is always angry too so snix might be the nerds inner demon keep doin a great job on AVGN. AVGN AVGN AVGN [ people chanting]

  • greedo

    April 6, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Hey, James, just saw this and had to comment. Wow! just wow. It’s incredible that you embrace your cinematic past as fully as you do. No other director that I know of would be so willing to discuss their childhood work with such honesty. And that bit towards the end about being having low self esteem and not wanting to appear on camera is something that I can totally relate with. I was a very shy kid as well, and thought very little of myself. I especially felt awkward around people, and especially around girls, because I didn’t know how to relate to them. I hated being in family photos, too, because I didn’t think that I was particularly photogenic. I wish that I had had a creative outlet like you had to deal with my personal issues.
    Thanks for sharing a part of your world with us!

  • April 6, 2013 at 11:42 am

    cant wait! this is gonna be awesome!

  • iamashithead

    April 6, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Six Snix filcks for six Saturdays with the six Snixs characters! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYY!

  • Mason Davidson

    April 6, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    I think it would be really cool to see what you could do with the Snix series today. You could edit the script a bit, maybe reshoot it. Of course, you probably are too busy for that, but I just think it would be cool to see what a huge difference it would be.

  • April 6, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    As a dude that used to do much of the same thing at that age I am unreasonably excited to see what you did back in the day. When can we expect the first to be made available?

  • Stefanoragnopazzo

    April 6, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Yeah, you’re gonna make Troma jealous.

  • April 6, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    It will be really cool if you do maybe 15-minute tribute for the series, with all due respect to your work, you may revive these movies with a new one much better than George Lucas, you know what I mean. Make a new SNIX, make it a last one, just to show how better you became as an artist, since SNIX is like a reflection of all your career.

  • Ricky Vega

    April 6, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Can’t wait to start my Saturday mornings with Snix!

  • Rezor

    April 6, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    You looked very mature in 1993.

  • culwin

    April 6, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    April 13, 1993 was a Tuesday.

  • April 6, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Do you write a script for these kind of videos where you’re in the video store.

  • Historic 66

    April 6, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    I’d be a liar if I said this didn’t make me tear up.

  • April 6, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    I was wondering when we’d see these films.
    Can’t wait!

  • April 6, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Great! I’m cannot wait to see it. It made me rememeber myself and my friends in highschool. Sadly the one who had the camera never gave us copies of the movies….XP

  • April 6, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Very awesome, at 11, 12 I was writing programs in basic on an old Tandy 1000, even won a FBLA state competition for writing a program in basic to fill out a 1040EZ tax form once you rolled one into a Okidata dot matrix printer the right way haha.

    I always begged for a camcorder, but I got a computer for christmas and have had one ever since, leading me to go on to college in ’94 for computer science and graduating in 96… It’s really odd how a hobby/passion you have early in life can mold your outcome in adulthood so much. What makes yours special is you have visually documented yours and it’s very much like having your own personal time machine to visit your younger self any time you like.

    Can’t wait to see them

  • ScaryManiac

    April 6, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    SNIX feels already like the movies i used to make with my friends bac then. It were 7 movies in total and in each one you can see the progress we made. Like you, we did the editing with the camera while we were shooting. The last two were made with Premiere.
    I’m looking forward to the SNIX saga!

  • stunik101

    April 6, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    James , i love listening to you talking to camera you are never honest.
    cant wait to see these old films you created.

  • The Kemosabi

    April 6, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    It’s crazy how time seems to move faster and faster the older you get.

  • April 6, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    a cult following? more like an OCCULT following!! sacrifice your life for SNIX!

  • April 6, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Out of every movie in your filmography, the SNIX series is the one I’ve wanted to see the most and after hearing your personal story behind it, I’m even more pumped.

    I can definitely relate to having low self esteem too back during my high school days at 15 years old and it’s amazing how much you’ve accomplished 15 years later, James. πŸ™‚

    Can’t wait till Saturday!

  • LittleNemoNES

    April 6, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    I think I could listen to James talk all day. Peaceful tone πŸ™‚

  • April 6, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    I can’t wait! Saturday Mornings are BACK!!! Thanks James.

  • April 6, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    It’s great that you’re re-releasing these James. You really peaked my interest with this video, and I’m really looking forward to seeing these, both for entertainment purposes and to see the progression of a budding film-makers early, wacky-type videos. I can really tell through your commentary on this video that this is something very special to you, and I really appreciate the level of intimacy you show here towards us, your loyal audience. πŸ™‚ Thanks for that James! Although I don’t have any aspirations as a film-maker, you’re definitely somewhat of an inspiration to me!

  • April 6, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Very cool, James. I really love how you embrace your film history and aren’t afraid to go back and reminisce on both the good and bad aspects of the past. Really looking forward to watching them- Really bizarre how a 20 year-old home movie that never had an intended audience is getting a rebirth for the world to see- Wish you could let your childhood self know that the films were not made in vain!

  • April 6, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Well, this should be fun.

  • Atomos1293

    April 6, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    I cant wait to see some more about Snix, I’ll definitely check it out on the 13th! It would be cool to see a newer version of Snix done someday!!!

  • dougiestylez

    April 6, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    You know, what I would have done (with the telephone issue) would either be to unplug it from the wall, or scotch tape the button down so there would be no dial tone πŸ˜€

  • April 7, 2013 at 12:49 am

    i would be beyond honored to be involved in “riffing” these films, mst3k has been my favorite show for over 20 years, and it would mean everything to me to follow in my comedic hero’s footsteps

    • AquaBlueStew

      April 7, 2013 at 2:42 am

      Totally agree. I even think we should please HIM with something. Like, we should make a fake MST3K for him, make three weird puppets and send him his own tape with our three marionettes commenting on it, but like something really good, not half assed (since he seems to put much effort into all his work). I think he’d be pretty stoked.

  • AquaBlueStew

    April 7, 2013 at 2:38 am

    Sounds like fun, dude.
    The information about the “time” is so great, no there was no screen on the camera, nothing like that, you had to persevere, and accept the results.
    Reminds me of myself, but to see what you’ve grown into, is kind of cool (since I like your material). It’s like those little dinosaurs you put in a glass of water, so many of us remove ourselves from the glass, but you stayed there and grew, and you must realize this (even if you don’t read it). You, are now someone. Whether it boils down to AVGN NES reviews which is obviously me and many’s favorite, it’s really something to live in Canada, and say to a new acquaintance “Yeah there’s this guy on the Internet, he does all these weird movies, sometimes he plays an old Nintendo game and he kind of gives you empathy in a way by getting pissed off on how bad it was, if you know what he’s talking about and…” for that person to cut you off to say “Yeah, the AVGN, he totally rules.” Now THAT, is being someone.

  • April 7, 2013 at 4:09 am

    Excellent James!
    Thanks for sharing your past with us
    I cant wait to see them all!

  • weathermangarver

    April 7, 2013 at 4:47 am

    lol looks awesome

  • April 7, 2013 at 7:32 am

    The way I see it, you’re a lucky bastard. I know what it’s like to have a lot of personal demons haunting you. The bitch is that the damn things never go away. Sure, you figure out ways to manage, but then you hear a song, have a dream, or something that brings them back, even for a few brief moments. You were able to find yourself an outlet to combat these demons and were able take that and hone your skills, creating a some pretty damn decent film content. So to that, I tip my cap to you good sir…well at least I would if I was wearing one. I don’t wear hats indoors, just a thing I don’t do.

  • ujevic

    April 7, 2013 at 8:39 am

    i would like to visit you James,and your basement but that wont happen because i’am on the other side of the planet πŸ™

  • AbsoluteDeicide

    April 7, 2013 at 9:47 am

    I’m very interested to see these early movies. They remind me of the crap I used to make when I was in my early teens; I literally used to film an hour movie in one night and edit with two VCRs in a tent with an extension cord.

    Someone riffing these would ge amazing, too.

  • Lastor

    April 7, 2013 at 10:33 am

    1:28 Whoa! Good God, James… Surely you were charged with rape looking like that?

    • Lastor

      April 8, 2013 at 2:56 am

      Seriously though, I’ve already gotten more from this introduction than I ever expected. No matter what you or anyone thinks of some (supposedly) tongue-in-cheek films from your youth, your talks about the burden, urge to showcase your works to the world, and just your enthusiasm to tell about these projects speaks of a true artist. Not that I ever thought otherwise but it’s always nice to have these glimpses into artist’s mind and deepen the understanding of what you’re doing.

      Peace out.

  • Razgriz

    April 7, 2013 at 11:50 am

    It is always interessting to see the progress of a filmmaker. I’m looking forward to see them and i will put my thoughts about it in the comment section. I already like the covers of the movies which you show at 0:55.

  • Englandsdreaming

    April 7, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    hello James! i want see a film about how you met your friends!I have
    Enjoy all your work, cheers for all the laughs
    best web site ever,end

  • April 7, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    hey james, what kind of camera do you suggest,im working on a very small budget and i have a camera already,but i need 2. what is a cheap camera, prefibly under 100 dollars. Thanks.

  • DMM_poo

    April 7, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    I love seeing this old stuff. It reminds me of my youth and the games my sisters and friends and I would play. We even made our own movie back then, too (horror/comedy, funnily enough). I can’t wait to watch Snix.

  • taykel

    April 7, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Those look like creative short films to me. Can’t wait until next weekend.

  • Wes

    April 7, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Looks good James. I’m in.

  • GameDudeMat

    April 7, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    I will definitely be watching for all the 6 Snix Flix!! I have been wondering for a couple years now why I haven’t seen any of them. I see you had to get out of your system how you feel about these films first though lol.

    By the way check out if you like these awesome gaming finds I made recently at a thrift store!! I hope you like!

  • April 7, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    I was a strange kid too. Can’t wait to see Snix

  • Scolk

    April 7, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    I started to watch this video with notting much to expect but I must say, you keep to impress me! I want to say that I believe that I kind lost interst of the “showbusiness” because it’s all made around fake and what ever gets the most views! But what I like of you James is your way to be real and I can see that I’m not the only one! This video has been on your website for not even two days and you have 8 pages of comments! You can be sure that I’m going to follow you for as long as you will post things on your website! I’m realy excited to buy (and yes buy) your AVGN movie and I hope it will be just a start for you! If you ever make a big screen movie (it must be your dream and I hope you succeed one day) you can count on me to watch it in the theater and buy the DVD. Thanks for all the good time – StΓ©phane

  • BrandeX

    April 8, 2013 at 2:55 am

    You and Mike need to do Rifftrax style commentaries for the films you review.

  • Pascal

    April 8, 2013 at 6:39 am

    Dat moustache!

  • Jodo Kast

    April 8, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Man, I wish I lived near James when I was a kid. I’m excited to see these, mostly because I’ve been in my own home videos. And like you, we just went with the flow when something random happened. It added its own level of comedy. Looking forward to SNIX!

  • April 8, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    get Doug Walker to review it

  • April 8, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    I’ll be interested in seeing the movie, it’s always cool to see what you did prior to your career as an internet celebrity.

  • April 8, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    The first film was filmed on my birthday, I get to watch the 20th anniversary on my 20th birthday xD

  • April 8, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Wow I can’t wait for this!

  • podok

    April 9, 2013 at 12:43 am

    Wow! Apr. 13th (my birthday). I feel honored to share the day with anything you create James!

  • April 9, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Overall, I am not into homemade movies ore whatever. yet, I am looking forward to see the Snix series, just because it gives me a different view who James is beside of his AVGN character. For some reason I feel I had the same obstacles during my childhood (James and I are from the same generation) as James mentioned. Thanks in advance for sharing!

    PS: Love that 80’s moustache πŸ˜‰

  • Ben_from_G-town

    April 9, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Very interesting, fun video. It’s good to hear this behind-the-scenes and introspective stuff. I remember when you posted Head Case or whatever it was in, in parts, so this should be fun, as well.

  • April 12, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Awesome James πŸ™‚

  • April 12, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Will there be an audio comment from James to the SNIX-series?
    It would be great, cause I don’t think that this will be on the next AVGN-DVD. A little mp3 file would be enough … to multiply the fun to watch!

  • Patrick Hauber

    June 27, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    Sometimes I wish I knew as much about my close friends as I do about you, James.

  • October 25, 2015 at 9:24 pm


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