It’s difficult to explain the appeal of Everything Is Terrible! This seven-person video collective goes to small-time stores, gathering VHS tapes of the most weird and random content you can possibly imagine. From Nintendo field rep trainings to self-help videos and bizarre, 80s-era children’s programming, the content was already strange enough, Everything is Terrible! makes it stranger. I’ll let this serve as a primer before we move on.
So now that you’ve been introduced to the madness that is EIT, let me explain that this movie is an hour of that. By that measure, you’ll know pretty quick whether 2E2T2 is going to be your cup of tea, but if it is, the sky is the limit. What was once a series of web videos is now a swirling quasi-narrative of madness, beautifully splicing between the absurd and the ironically funny. Nothing is spared as we rotate from promotional videos for penis pumps to pandemonious congregations with pastors that speak in tongues to a kid dressed as Hitler bringing about the apocalypse. The whole film is encapsulated in a deteriorated glaze, not just because the stuff we watched in the 80s was awful, but because the found footage is literally of rubbish quality- casting an unnerving, awkward familiarity on the whole show.
Hilarious from beginning to end, the film runs just as long as the concept allows. It’s a trip you won’t forget.