20th Anniversary! How I got started.

James / May 27th, 2016

In May 1996, I learned the trials of filmmaking, while making a horror movie titled “A Night of Total Terror”. Shortly afterwards, I documented it, with a behind-the-scenes video, made in July 1996. The original VHS-C tape of the documentary was damaged beyond repair. Recently, I discovered a 2nd generation copy, and used clips from it, to make this new documentary, in 2015.

The original “A Night of Total Terror” was 30 minutes long, but has gone through minor re-edits over the years, because I thought it was too slow-paced. The most current version, is a shortened 3 minute version, made for the internet in 2006. It combines footage from the sequel “An Evening of Real Supernatural Horror” and the remake “Malevolence”. I no longer like this edit, because it discards the twist ending. You can see the 2006-edit here.

See the 3 minute version of “A Night of Total Terror” ► https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmnLPGQd9-A

Also, check out the 10 minute 2015 Restoration of “A Night of Total Terror” ► https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2O6k2NV_S8o


  • Nigel Dreiner

    June 18, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    Awesome video, James! I even saw myself in the Egyptian Theater crowd footage – keep doing what your doing, you are inspiring tons of people to follow their own passions.

    Here’s my ticket you signed at the premiere as well as a photo I took of you on the red carpet.


  • batratspidercrab

    June 18, 2015 at 7:54 pm


  • JayRam

    June 18, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    You are one inspiring dude, James. I can totally relate to this: when I was 12 years old, I wanted to make my own animated shows. But, feeling my drawing skills weren’t up to par I started playing music in high school. Shortly after graduating from high school I discovered filmmaking and have tried my hardest to pursue it, without much to show.

    I just turned 30 in January and am still trying to make it happen. It’s stories like yours that resonate with people, and reaffirm the idea that, if you want something bad enough you’ll find a way.

  • Rygar1

    June 18, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    Thank you James for following your dreams and giving us hope with all the great videos.

  • June 18, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    You Rule James! And I’m Batman!

  • June 18, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    This was a really cool documentary. I love it, and it makes me feel like makin’ a movie.

  • greedo

    June 19, 2015 at 12:09 am

    Having trouble loading this, for some reason. The audio will start playing, and then it will cut out, and the rest of the video won’t play.

  • Garrett

    June 19, 2015 at 1:32 am

    To see that James would make two (maybe three?) behind the scenes features (almost 20 years apart) about such a humble project really shows his devotion and love for movie making.
    I can see James becoming a Loyd Kaufman/Joe Bob Briggs type voice who keeps cult cinema alive for generations to come. A late night show with James introducing old obscure horror movies with a mix of Pee Wees Playhouse sounds about right.

  • frostare

    June 19, 2015 at 1:44 am

    Beautiful… May everyone who watches this get their own “boring day”.

  • Rennie Page

    June 19, 2015 at 3:50 am

    Wow. You are the man. Plain and simple. Congratulations on all your accomplishments, your family, and your life. You deserve every accolade. You have kept me entertained like no other since 2008. There are no movies, no tv shows, or other web series that I look forward to as much as ANY of your stuff. We are a lot alike and very close in age, I’m a couple years younger but I swear you are my long lost brother. Amazing stuff.

  • June 19, 2015 at 4:08 am

    Are you serious?

    • JamesRolfe'sNewBaby

      June 19, 2015 at 10:16 am

      @LOGAN He’s referring to a movie that doesn’t suck ass.

    • JamesRolfe'sNewBaby

      June 19, 2015 at 10:18 am

      Honestly, he should have made a horror movie instead of that horrendous AVGN movie. James actually has a talent for making great horror movies.

  • June 19, 2015 at 5:52 am

    Oh, yeah, i remember the days of no-editing. When my parents got the DV-camera, my mind was blown, not only it could record on memmory card, but later i learned i can grab the video through cable!

  • JamesRolfe'sNewBaby

    June 19, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Make more of these videos, and make less of the shitty Bootsy/Mike videos. Thanks!

  • maximuscesar

    June 19, 2015 at 10:29 am

    That mustache…

  • rafelll

    June 19, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    I think you should do a 30 min horror movie with AVGN for youtube. something like what you did with the last Board james, but with a litle more work and focused in be a short movie. With complete story for the people who don`t know the nerd. maybe a origins movie..

  • AnyExpression

    June 19, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    You’re a beautiful human-being.

  • June 19, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    Salute James! How has this filmmaker not get on channels such as Teens React! If the Fine Brother told those teenagers that James made many works. They would be shocked at that! This, Cinemassacre 200 and The Dragon in My Dreams are the definitive documentaries on YouTube and the Internet!

    Thank you James, Mike, Justin, Finn, Bootsy and Richard (From Jaguar CD Review! Please bring him back!)
    I respect you guys since the Mouse Trap Review from 2009.

  • Joker83

    June 19, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    I really love this stuff a lot. Sincerely, THANK YOU James for doing this!

  • FullMetalHobbit

    June 19, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    Wow thanks James. This video reminded me of how i always wanted to be a fucking fart farmer (farming farts out of farm animals) but then i had to give up my dream to look after my batshit aunt who had ass desease. But then she died YAY now i can suck the fuck out of as many shitty ass ducks as i like. A shitty ass duck is a duck with shit coming out of its ass. You suck the fuck out of it…and get duck shit all over your face.

  • greedo

    June 19, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    James, I’m glad that you’ve taken the time to do this. It’s great to see how you’ve evolved as a filmmaker and a person. Quite frankly- you’re one of my heroes, and I don’t know where my life would be without you. Keep on doing what you do best, and don’t let anything slow you down!

    P.S. Man to man- I’m glad that you shaved that mustache. It made you look like a child molester. No offense! 🙂

  • June 20, 2015 at 1:27 am

    With the millions he raked in from his big movie he should hire a nanny for his kid to give him free time to do more cool shit

  • jasonjrf

    June 20, 2015 at 1:40 am

    Damn james that porn stash only an awkward teenager would have 🙂

  • Thifurious

    June 20, 2015 at 4:33 am

    Seriously inspiring James. You never fail to get my hopes up, even when I’m feeling down.

  • jordan patricio

    June 20, 2015 at 9:15 am

    words of inspiration

  • consequences

    June 20, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    That was very entertaining and informative.

  • Alvaro Pelaez

    June 20, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    Thanks a lot for the inspiration James. I love that you didnt exclude other careers. I always dream of becoming a better me but like you said, we should use our free time to do positive things. Thanks again and keep up the good work.

  • June 21, 2015 at 2:17 am

    this was awesome james.

  • warwagon

    June 21, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    Great Video! I LOVE the Pedo Stash! LOL

  • June 24, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    Hey, James. Like one of your many fans, I absolutely love your videos and was inspired by your ‘Making of “A Night Of Total Terror”‘ to explore into the unknown; to uncover all the things I truly love and make them into something meaningful. To pursue my dreams in film and recording, I’ve opened up so many opportunities for the future. For that I do thank you, and just keep on being funny, ’cause I love that shit!

  • Griff

    June 29, 2015 at 8:55 am

    I like how teenage James had a pretty thick New Jersey accent.

  • VV

    July 18, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    Man. I love you, James. What an inspiration! 🙂

  • FecalDancer

    April 7, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    This was a very inspiring video, James. I’m gonna do something with my life! I’m not gonna think “what if this happens,” or “what if I fail,” any longer! I’ll do and not do nothing.
    …I’ll begin my journey after I’m done jerkin’ my wee wee to some internet porn.

    • bud

      May 28, 2016 at 5:17 am

      It is really hard to do anything creative when it’s a full time job just keeping up with everything else. New content being pumped out 24 hours a day around the globe. Movies, TV shows, video games, music (I gave up on books a long time ago). It’s impossible to do everything I want to do in the time that I have, and there’s never enough time.
      So yeah, I’m with FecalDancer. I’ll do something after I’m finished whacking my pee-pee. :\

  • May 27, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    damn that perv mustache though

  • Keydsimon

    May 27, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    Nice video ! You came a long way !

  • itscmillertime

    May 27, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    Bring back the stache

  • Uncle Sporkums

    May 27, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    Happy Anniversary, James! I know how it feels trying to get an idea from concept to screen, and doing it all by yourself. This is especially challenging since I’m experimenting with Super 8 film now. Stay awesome!

  • Shit Ass

    May 28, 2016 at 4:10 am

    Always love when you post anything film/filmmaking related, especially the nostalgic stuff like this. Truly inspiring and entertaining. Keep it up james and hope to see more in the not too distant future ! Hope you bring back the filmmaking/movie related videos as often as you do james and mike mondays (which are just as awesome). You’ve got such an interesting perspective on things and I could listen to you talk about this stuff for hours. After all it is CINEMAssacre 😉

  • bud

    May 28, 2016 at 5:07 am

    What’s really interesting about this is hearing James’s voice change throughout. From the young idealistic whippersnapper, “Golly gee!” and then little by little increments, eventually the voice we all recognize today. Kind of bizarre how he loses the accent as he grows older. At around 5:25, you can hear it go back and forth between young James and present James. Puberty is weird.

  • May 28, 2016 at 8:53 am

    I love your passion… i wish i could have been there to start the camera for you… You do a lot by yourself, that shows commitment and i admire it.

  • Legato32x

    May 28, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Your story motivates me so much James. There are a lot of us out there that stagnate in real life, being stuck between our job or other responsibilities and it makes us feel heavy, chained down in a way. Keeping the passion alive is one of the hardest things to do when you grow up and a lot of us lose that magic.

    But not you man. You keep staying true to yourself and moving forward. These small videos where you speak from the heart and relate to your work are so interesting and upliftin! You’re a pretty cool guy and one day I hope we can see how you hosting film festivals or your own series on TV. Take care man.

  • May 28, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    today you can make a movie on an iphone, edit it right there and then (using apps), and upload the final cut. that entire thing fits in your pocket. unbelievable how far we have come in just a few decades.

  • Chad Straight

    May 29, 2016 at 2:44 am

    Very inspirational. We need a mother fucker Mike origin story now.

  • DMM_poo

    May 29, 2016 at 8:20 am

    This video, as well as Dragon In My Dreams, are two of the most beautifully nostalgic, heartwarming, and inspiring videos you’ve made.

  • Sokurah

    May 29, 2016 at 10:41 am

    Great video, as always when you share your stories. I used to be THAT kid, definitely. I was always the one who made up the rules for playing in the yard with the other kids – I always created platforming routes and performed as the last boss, I told them how I was vulnerable and I telegraphed my attacks like a true video games boss lol, and I was always younger than everyone else – got a NES when I was 2. Unfortunately I didn’t grow up okay in my teenage years and sank into the world of drugs, and I’ve been out of it for only two years now. I still have the creative urge for many things as I consume a lot of art (I’ve literally seen thousands of movies from my personal golden era [~ 1920-1960]), but something about seeing the worst come out of people in the drug circles definitely had a permanent effect on my ability to stay positive regarding anything.

  • Pablo1989

    May 29, 2016 at 11:43 am

    Total Respect 🙂 where your passion turned into something from your own hands.

    As kid ive wanted made some fantasy stories but ive never got courge to write that, but ideas for original characters still lives in my head.

  • May 29, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    The moustache was hard core. I grew up playing shitty games and always wanting to make movies in the same way. Glad you stuck to it, this website and content gets me through the long days of a past regretfull life.

  • Farnomus

    May 29, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    Dang it James, Your So Friggin Inspirational!!!

  • Anthony33

    May 30, 2016 at 1:05 am

    Nice mustache, very Gomez Addams.

  • Grandmasterp

    May 30, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Cool look into the creative mind of a young James Rolfe.

  • Paulballsftw

    May 30, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    Wow James what is with that dirt above your lip? lol jk. You sound like you had a strong Italian accent when you were a teen. Where did that accent go? By the way when I was young me and a few friends used to try writing horror stories that we were going to make into a book. We used a old fassion type writer. We also used to make short plays on cassettes using voices and special effects. We had a bunch of shorts like when you listen to movies on the radio before their was TVs. It was a cool idea for some 14 year old kids to think of doing in the early 90s. I wish I could find all those cassettes with our acting on it. I think my friend probably through them out though. It’s weird cause either him or I did anything more of writing a book or acted in plays. It was just a fun thing at the time. I am happy that you kept on doing it and became the Nerd. You had dreams and had them come true in some way. Me I had dreams but that is all it was. I still would never know if I had contunied to write horror books or made plays that I may have got somewhere better then I am now. Thanks for showing your childhood memories.

  • PPerfect_CJ

    May 31, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Great video, James! We’re so glad you chose this line of work!

  • Tizzad

    June 1, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    You were a good kid. Congratulations on your anniversary.

  • June 1, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    Stop making me cry James

  • sirensofsilence

    June 1, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    The god damned moustache… and the accent a little bit? I kept hearing “camera” as “kee-am-ra”!

  • GasparXR

    June 2, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Wow, as soon as you said “if you’re that kid sitting around, dreaming about doing something awesome, then you’re me” I got teary-eyed and felt really inspired to just do it, to make something awesome that I love! Most of my creative inspiration comes from musicians, but you James are one of my greatest ones. Thank you so much for being inspiring and always creating awesome content that is truly “you”. Keep being awesome!

  • Andrew Cullen

    June 4, 2016 at 9:59 am


  • June 6, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    This video was truly amazing. And at the end, the soundtrack is fucking epic, it really moved me. Love your work James, You’re an inspiration to us all.

  • June 6, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    Thank you so much James! It’s so inspiring to see how you started giving us motivation to start our own dreams

  • Mark Foster

    June 6, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    You are a hero for all of us vg nerds! Love your work man!

  • AetherSolace

    June 6, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    I don’t know if you’ll see this, But you’re a real inspiration. I started watching you back when a bored friend showed me the TMNT episode, but over the years I’ve come to appreciate you not just for the nerd, but all of your movie reviews, your halloween segments and just crazy amount of creativity and effort you put into things.

    I miss my childhood a lot, and all of the missed opportunities I didn’t take, because I was either too scared or too embarassed to try things. Now as an adult, I have the problem of not having enough time, and just feeling like anything I’d make would still be at the level of a child. I thought about doing stop motion or something, but almost every creative thing I try to do turns out sub-par or bad.

    Even so, watching you, listening to your delightful monotone, It gives me a little faith that some of these things are possible, That you coming from such humble beginnings really made it this far is pretty incredible.

    I’ve got a small list of people I’d like to meet before I die that I consider celebrities or important people, And you’re right up there with Mike Meyers and the late David Bowie. So do me a favor and try not to die before I can meet you in person someday.

    Best Wishes from Canada, -Jesse

  • June 19, 2016 at 6:14 pm


  • TheFreakMachine

    June 23, 2016 at 3:23 am

    I liked the mustache! 🙂

  • Gustavo Binder

    September 19, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    please post more of your movies

  • November 29, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Low budget lol, i’m currently 17 and last year I was doing work experience at my local radio station Tank FM, while there I was asked if I wanted to write a short radio play (that wouldn’t actually be put on air, just for me to take something out of my work experience there) the result was a parody spoof that perhaps could be better titled Bad Luck Bobby, which was originally supposed to be a parody of Dirty Harry, but instead only spoofed the character (complete with spoofed quotes from the original movie) the ending was heavily inspired by the SNL sketch The Last Voyage of the Starship Enterprise, and it shows. later I pretty much improvised a credit scene (complete with Marlon Brando and Jimmy Stewert impressions that weren’t half bad even if I do say so myself) where my property was nominated for an academy award. this low budget play combined most if not all of my favourite elements of comedy impressions, accents, spoofs, 4th wall breaks and bizarrness. nowadays I’d probably do something more Monty Python inspired and I should listen to more radio comedies, but all in all, I’m very proud of myself.

    Excuse the bad grammar, it’s 2:30 AM here in Australia, and I just couldn’t be bothered, i’m going to watch a couple more Cinemassacre Youtube videos, than i’m off to bed.

  • Chief

    August 1, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    I have watched this video before, and just recently I was presented with one of my old video tapes from the camera my grandfather left to me. I had no idea what was on it, and to my surprise it contained my earlier film making attempts from when I was 12 and 13. I had thought the tape was destroyed or fried on me like the one for another film i had made and tried to save, and surprisingly I found very many similarities between you and I James. About 98% of the movies I made I was doing everything and acting as everyone and even resorted to using stuffed animals just to give some character variety (I got a talent for voice acting as a result). I haven’t attempted a serious film making attempt in almost 10 years, I always find excuses not to or why I couldn’t and your video on how you were able to follow your aspirations and make it all happen has deeply motivated me, especially seeing how I was no different from you. I loved movies, I loved making them, and even if they weren’t the best I still had fun and loved making them and will at least make ME happy even if no one else ever sees them or the way I do. So sincerely thank you, from one Nerd to another, for showing me that I can still do it.

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