When you hear “viral video,” you may be more inclined to think grainy pet video and not “auteur.” But if you’ve been indulging regularly in all the viral delights the Internet has to offer, you can bet you’ve encountered the glossy work of director Joe Nicolosi. Named one of the 25 new faces of independent film by Filmmaker magazine, he’s been the mind behind a number of hilariously bizarre clips. Remember Kittywood Studios from 2011? It took you behind the scenes to the writers and producers who dream up all the best cat videos (“We brought in some cat fight choreographers to work out the action”). How about CSI Legoland? Or the indie movie version of Mario Bros.?
”Imagine a realm where the most horrifying terrors of the underworld emerge to wreak bloody vengeance upon any who … hmm? What’s that? You wanna go literally anywhere else? Yeah, good idea. Let’s get out of here.”
Now Nicolosi, or Pixels Per Second, as he’s known on YouTube, is back with another skewed view on a pop culture giant. Just in time for Halloween, he’s released Hell No: The Sensible Horror Film. Wish your thrillers had a heavier dose of logic and good decision-making? This one’s for you.
It’s 3.5 minutes well spent. At last count, 3 million views can’t be wrong.
Why you should care
’Tis the season for scares. Horror fans and horror haters have to see this takedown of the genre’s most far-fetched conceits.