Posted on Friday, November 30th, 2012 by Germain Lussier
James Rolfe is one of my favorite Internet personalities, but maybe you know him better by his other name: The Angry Video Game Nerd. Back in 2006, Rolfe began reviewing old, crappy video games on YouTube and quickly became an online sensation. His reviews of 8-bit games like Top Gun, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Back to the Future and accessories such as the Power Glove have been viewed by millions of people.
In October 2011, Rolfe asked his huge Internet following for a favor. He wanted to make a movie based on his character, the Angry Video Game Nerd, and started an IndieGoGo page asking for $75,000. $325,000 later, Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie was a go.
Co-written and directed by James Rolfe and Kevin Finn, the movie has finished shooting and is now being edited. As a reward to his fans, Rolfe cut a trailer. Watch it below.
Thanks to Movieline for the heads up on this trailer and project. Here’s the trailer.
The film is inspired by the famous Atari video game burial of 1982. Atari produced a game based on the biggest blockbuster movie of that year, E.T., and rushed it to meet the deadline for the Christmas shopping season. It was a commercial failure and millions of unsold game cartridges were buried in a desert landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Coincidentally, it’s not too far from Roswell, the landing site of a different kind of E.T.
I’ve always enjoyed Rolfe’s videos and I think this movie looks exceedingly fun for what it is, the passion project of a few independent filmmakers. I love the references to all the old games, the story is actually pretty clever, and you just feel this film is destined for midnight movie glory.
Rolfe says he hopes the movie will be completed in 2013 and that updates and be found on his website http://cinemassacre.com.
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