Yesterday, I got an email (that’s right, I get emails, no big deal!).

As PARANORMAL ACTIVITY makes its way to the $100 million mark at the box office, we are thanking the fans who turned the movie into a nationwide phenomenon by featuring their names in the credits for the film’s DVD release!

Uh, you’re welcome?! So I followed the link to a website* where you provide your name, birthdate, and email address by the deadline of next Monday (11/9) at 12 PM PST, and your name will (supposedly) be included in the credits on the DVD release. Great! I haven’t even seen this movie yet, and I don’t know if I ever will, but I am very into being in the credits of this movie. Besides, I’ve done my part. I’ll send a copy of the DVD to my mom and just be like “Bam! No more talking shit about me in the Family Newsletter. I’m basically the President of Movie Credits now, it’s very impressive. Now the girls want to take ME to the movies.”

But then I realized something else: this is the perfect “mission” with which to launch our new prank troupe, Videogum Everywhere.

The over-arching goal of Videogum Everywhere is to bring joy into people’s lives by LEAVING THEM ALONE. None of our “missions” will ever interfere with anyone in their day-to-day lives, or create any kind of nuisance. We play by the rules in order to remind people that the magic of not being annoyed or bothered by anyone when you’re just trying to get through your fucking day is all around us.

So, let’s all get our names on the Paranormal Activity DVD! But like adults. Submit your real name, and only your real name, and only submit once! Don’t submit fake names, or they might shut the whole thing down. It seems pretty reasonable that they might shut the whole thing down anyway, but it certainly won’t be on account of Videogum Everywhere (REMEMBER THE MISSION STATEMENT). Give them your real email and your real birthday and then get out of there. We’re just trying to participate in something fun without causing any trouble, and hopefully without anyone even noticing.

*PRO-TIP: when I loaded the site on Firefox, it kept auto-refreshing and never let me register my name, but when I loaded the site on Safari I had no problem. So if the site is giving you trouble, try another browser! Now you’re cooking with internet!

Comments (45)
  1. woozefa  |   Posted on Nov 6th, 2009 +10

    they are ‘sorry, but unable to provide (me) with this service at this time.” :(

    but if it was working, woozefa bumpkins, born april 1, 1981, would’ve been at the top of the list!

  2. OK, I registered as Clown Videogum Coffee. You said we should include Videogum as our middle name, right? Like all the Facebookers did with “Hussein” during the election? FIRED UP, READY TO GO!

  3. In as Dicky-Videogum-Stri 3000, I am fired up to not see my name on this dvd!

  4. “I acknowledge and agree that Paramount Pictures is not obligated to distribute, release, publicize, or otherwise display my name and information in any manner.”


  5. Dr. Phineas J. Butterfat will not let you down, Gabe!

  6. So, essentially the tagline is “Videogum Everywhere: No Trollo”?


  7. I’m loving all these team-building exercises, Gabe. When’s the next Videogum Everywhere ropes course excursion?

  8. I enjoy that we are like the respectful library patrons of internet pranks. Unless Topher Grace is involved – then nothing is sacred. Except for Topher Grace. I mean, he has ‘grace’ right in his name!

  9. This is DEFINITELY an efficient way for the movie makers to give their thanks to all the fans who supported the movie and DEFINITELY NOT the movie makers trying to capitalise on people who will now go and actually buy a copy of the dvd purely because their name flashes on screen for a freaction of a second.

  10. From the list of credits:
    “**In Memory of* GRACE LINEBAUGH
    Dick in That Stanky Panky Puss”
    Thanks to one guy, a lovely sentiment is pretty much ruined forever.

  11. I really hate to attach my beautiful name to such a terrible film, but I’ll do it for the great FAME and NOTORIETY that comes with having your name in the credits of an independent horror film.

  12. I think we done broke it.
    I’m all for a v’gum pillow fight in Union Square.

  13. PRO-TIP: PRO-TIPs are hilarious.

  14. I’m going to start working on some new videogum everywhere pranks by sitting quietly and hoping noone notices me.

  15. Dana Carvey and Steve Carrell showed us how it’s done.

  16. This is going to be great, because we all know everyone watches the film credits after a movie…

  17. I now have a reason to Netflix this movie: to see the name “Little Lord Gabe Paltrow” during the credits.

  18. Misty Soggybottom approves of this post.

  19. Douglas Imma Let You Finish Pissypants

  20. I’ll be submitting my real name because not that much happens to me :(

  21. I just like that Young Jeezy is on that list. In my imagination, where I saw this movie, I went with Young Jeezy because Bangs was busy.

  22. Chrissy Gabelove didn’t see Paranormal Activity, but she is gonna be listed in the credits.

  23. Gwyneth Wurst is all up in your DVD credits, representing your Videogum.

  24. Apparently, Paranormal Activity doesn’t want Bert Toast in their credits.

  25. Great! I now have my first IMDB credit.

  26. Topher Grace, get ready for next Hey, What’s Up With Topher Grace segment. You’re doing big things, buddy!

  27. Guy Faulker saw this movie.

  28. I added my real name because I actually really liked this movie and this is a kinda neat idea. Of course, that didn’t stop me from adding Videogum as my middle name.

  29. Draco Malfoy saw this movie and loved it.

  30. i wrote videogum as my ‘tag’ name cos of like how people are always in street calling out “HEY VIDEOGUM! WHERE YOU GOIN VIDEOGUM?! YOU COMIN TO JERRY’S TONIGHT?!” and answer because of how that is like practically my name.

  31. Just read someones name as “Truly Videogum Bonerrific”

  32. Joel Videogum Bauer = huge Paranormal Activity fan
    This guy… ehhh, not so much.

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