Teaching Jake about the Camcorder, Jan '97 

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Mar 3, 2021




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Daniel Rébora
That was terrifying, thank you
Julianodavincci 2 hours ago
Wouldya look at how dale is doing without his brothers, so proud of him
Marina Jean
Marina Jean 2 hours ago
Holly McGolly
Holly McGolly 3 hours ago
This was fantastic
myself 9 hours ago
you know how he goes "you're not-" and then then the tape rewinds, implying he's saying "you're not Jake"? i think we're the ones torturing him by rewinding the video, looking for narrative clues and coming up with theories, going back to the beginning over and over again distorting what once was an untouched memory. the reason the figure in the back is a shadowy silhouette is because it represents all of us and any one of use
Marachime 13 hours ago
shit yeah.
Edge 0w0
Edge 0w0 14 hours ago
Element Pixles
Element Pixles 16 hours ago
Honestly the part that hits the hardest for me isn’t even the theme of the whole video, it just the emotion and panic in his voice when he’s confronting the intruder. It just sound so real and unsettling.
Red 18 hours ago
oh cool bdg invented horror
Notapepper 19 hours ago
My interpretation: The thing in all black is dread, Jake is watching this knowing it's the last recording of their father. The changing attitudes, length of hair and facial hair is about the imperfection of memory influencing Jake's interpretation of the video as he begins to forget what his dad looked and acted like making him interpret the video differently. The reaction to the bunny is Jake suddenly remembering he was a child once, which is a thought that seems alien now that he's on the other side of losing a parent. His dad walking out of the room is a further representation of his dad being gone and there being nothing he could do about it. The silhouette appearing in the door way is the dread of impending death moving on to Jake, it might not happen soon but Jake knows death is waiting for him at any moment just like it did for his dad. All of the pleading his dad did with the Jake watching the video was him trying to tell his son to let it go and live his life without dwelling on his past or future loss.
Sydney Mings
Sydney Mings 21 hour ago
wait whats so creepy/unsettling about this?
sleepynomi 22 hours ago
i'm gonna watch the pickle video again, that'll get rid of the nightmares, right?
Citizen Insane
Citizen Insane 23 hours ago
Reminds me of the music video for A Hero's Death, except less surreal.
gross man
gross man Day ago
this is some marble hornets type shit
Andy Dobson
Andy Dobson Day ago
Hey Todd, w̨̗̦̯͛ͫ҉̢ḩ̠͉̕̕ä̡͍̖̪͙́͜͞t̨̗̬͆͜͟͢ t̔ͭ̌̀͟͏h̵̴̹̮͚̞̚e̸̿ͭ̅ͫ͞ f̯̞͈̾͜ủ̮̯̆͘͜͠͡c̷̡̨̘͍͌͛̂͡k̛̠͜
two bats
two bats Day ago
This made me cry. I expected the horror, but what I wasn't expecting was the grief. I didn't get very many photos or videos of my dad before he passed, so I've almost entirely forgotten his voice and his laugh and other little details, and this just really hit home for me. We have a few pictures of him scattered around the house and sometimes, even 10 years later, I'll find myself staring at them and wishing he'd just walk through the front door, home in time for dinner. The "you're an adult now" bit made me sob. He never even got to see me turn 11. I often think about whether or not he'd be proud of me, whether or not he'd like the adult I'd become. It also really hit home the sections where Brian had a goatee, because he looked so strikingly similar to my dad.
BreadBeard Day ago
So this is about unraveled right
Austin Loui
Austin Loui Day ago
This is my favorite video on the channel by far, keep doing surreal horror shorts like this, they are so good.
Ian B
Ian B Day ago
what a beaut
Alex Johnson
Alex Johnson Day ago
I really love how your independent content draws from modern technology and culture as the origin for both humor and horror; this, the get rich quick skit, basically everything you’ve done feels like both a cutting commentary and a distinctly modern piece. and, it’s always super fun/enjoyable!! I feel like I could teach a whole college course on “Brian David Gilbert and the New Modernism” or something
James Monaco
James Monaco Day ago
When you want to wandavision but you can only hex a vhs
sorio99 Day ago
It took reading the script for me to realize his facial hair changes between rewinds. How did I miss that?
Veronica Jenislawski
That was fuckin scary
Jake Spruce
Jake Spruce Day ago
I felt a little called out by this ngl.
Rick Estrada - CulbyCove
I just listened to Everywhere At The End Of Time in its entirety for the first time last week and now I find this. I sense a recurring theme that I may explore for my next D&D one-shot
Aubrey S.
Aubrey S. Day ago
The natural progression of stretching the footage to get to the ten minute mark
Boris van der Hof
Fun fact, this type of horror is called analog horror and vhs tapes are a staple of the genre
Oyster Day ago
I'm glad i came back and watched this but I don't know why everyone's calling it horror it's just kinda bitter sweet
Raja W.
Raja W. Day ago
the shadow man almost looks like a body bag, similar to how many people who get into medical emergencies get wheeled away. maybe 1. dad got a heart attack, and hes either dead or on the verge of death 2. covid maybe its the paramedic or someone else watching it. it doesnt seem like its jake himself
nicolas cooley
What.....what was this
nicolas cooley
Are those new shoes?
Hariboi Day ago
Gave me a good laugh. Nice work
The Warman
The Warman Day ago
Fucking WOW!
L Edwards
L Edwards 2 days ago
I suppose horror and comedy both rely on the same core skill - subverting expectations. And I know how good BDG is at comedy, so it shouldn't have been a surprise how good he can be at horror. But then, that's the point, isn't it? With BDG, it's always a surprise.
Juniper Lilac
Juniper Lilac 2 days ago
Brian. Stop, giving me anxiety attacks.
Conor Whelan
Conor Whelan 2 days ago
I need someone to explain this 😔
Louis Pilfold
Louis Pilfold 2 days ago
holy shit
Nunya Bizniz
Nunya Bizniz 2 days ago
Also how he gets cut off at one point "your not-" Uhhhg, my heart!
Nunya Bizniz
Nunya Bizniz 2 days ago
I want to see a behind the scenes video or how he came up with the idea/breakdown?
BiladitoGamesBR 2 days ago
Rewatching this video doesn't feel quite right.
Jyake 2 days ago
Being named Jacob, this video is very weird
Katelyn Kanya
Katelyn Kanya 2 days ago
Brain and his spectacular acting: Jake? Me, despite my name not being Jake: *me? Meme*
Ryan Khieu
Ryan Khieu 2 days ago
I came for a good laugh, I got a psychological thriller about grief
Molly Hayward
Molly Hayward 2 days ago
im not one to overshare in youtube comments but this.. didnt feel like horror. i lost my brother in november and my grandma in feb and ive been living in the images i have of them before everything. i keep looking into their faces and expecting something to happen. i am that figure haunting pasts i dont belong in
você 2 days ago
Superellysan 2 days ago
Imagine how much freakier this video must be for someone named Jake
ImJustSomeGuy 2 days ago
Hes got really nice teeth
Lucas 2 days ago
Huge Shattered Memories vibe, I love it
Olympia Fulcher
Olympia Fulcher 2 days ago
this invokes the same terror in me that PT first did
Jacob Strokirch
Jacob Strokirch 2 days ago
As someone named Jake this is very unsettling.
Leonard Winchester
Gideon Grace
Gideon Grace 2 days ago
Like. There are two things that give me "so it's late and I'm now afraid there's something behind the door" vibes. The Babadook and this.
Grant Cactus
Grant Cactus 2 days ago
I am very impressed by this concept and everything but I should not have watched at 2 A.M.
Grant Cactus
Grant Cactus 2 days ago
That said, this kinda content is super interesting and if there’s more like it in the future I think that’d be pretty cool. It’s a creative area I don’t see explored and shaken up too often
Real Peter Mitchell
August Wogsland
August Wogsland 2 days ago
jesus christ
Ray Gerecht
Ray Gerecht 2 days ago
Well just got around to watching this, and I must say a good hat tip to you BDG. My only available response for a solid ten minutes was to start at my screen and then shed a few tears. That was disturbing and rocked me in ways I cannot explain. Very nice work.👍
Adam Osborne
Adam Osborne 2 days ago
Well that got fucking dark huh?
thelostworld19 3 days ago
Nope nope nope
Lady Seraph
Lady Seraph 3 days ago
I love it when you make horror stuff.
Thomas Faires
Thomas Faires 3 days ago
My name is Jake and this fucks me up lol
The Horse Outside
Gray A.D.
Gray A.D. 3 days ago
Perhaps comedy and horror are inextricably linked? First Jordan Peele and now BDG are experts at both.
Teihaga 3 days ago
Annika Bunnel
Annika Bunnel 3 days ago
I am in a sound design class right now and this is phenomenal
Annika Bunnel
Annika Bunnel 3 days ago
I am extremely uncomfortable and i love it
Dogabc 6
Dogabc 6 3 days ago
Ah yes, the perfect video to watch home alone
Ryder Ellis
Ryder Ellis 3 days ago
This was a trip. Like it managed to be unsettling and uncanny and just so much
Jake Witcombe
Jake Witcombe 3 days ago
This video really hits different when your name is Jake and your dad's dead.
UnicornGod423 _
UnicornGod423 _ 3 days ago
I love how unlike the rest of your work this is this is hollowing and somber and emotionally real I feel like I just watched an art short film and I’m really glad I did thank you
Morgan Day
Morgan Day 3 days ago
Here I was trying to watch some good ol BDG before bed and you hit me with this
Vale :3
Vale :3 3 days ago
Me being happy that I watched this in the morning ✌🏻... also I might be crying a bit.
Pix Tron
Pix Tron 3 days ago
This is such a clever horror story because it isn't exactly scary at first, it's just really sad, but once you watch the entire video you start piecing the whole puzzle together and it becomes a mix of straight up disturbing sadness
Dethrok _BTW
Dethrok _BTW 3 days ago
This man is an actual visionary wtf
Echo Berson
Echo Berson 3 days ago
Ah yes, finally we've discovered the next way to say, "haha, what?"
Jake Ratburger
Jake Ratburger 3 days ago
Maybe I'm reading too much into this but I can't help but notice the length of the video is 9:34. 3+4=7 9:7 January '97
yuri gouvêa wagner
i just started living alone and being away from my mom and I miss her so much. watching this video made me really emotional, even though I haven't lost them. I think it's because I have started uni and it's comforting to look back to the life that allowed me to live with her that I related a bit to Jake. Damn you, BDG, this is too good.
Smithy Smitherson
Something noticed on a rewatch is that mustache dad is the only one to notice or contact the viewer, while goatee and beard dad both seem to end up in a state of paranoia, fear, or pain. They're also the ones who continue to go on with the original video, always starting somewhere in the original timeline before changing it, while mustache dad can directly start by speaking to the viewer without needing to use a jumping off point somewhere in the tape
bdg as a dad is so believable
aaronwardL69 3 days ago
Comment for the algorithm. Keep up the great work guy!
Aidan Stock
Aidan Stock 4 days ago
this video made me feel physically ill, wtf
Kate S
Kate S 4 days ago
I love what the two of them are doing
NexebNoXV 4 days ago
Never have I been more glad that my name isn't Jake
Cameron Phenix
Cameron Phenix 4 days ago
Jordan Peele been real quiet since this dropped.
Cade Rodger
Cade Rodger 4 days ago
Brian, you uuuh, you 'kay there?
"HEY WAIT A SECOND" -Brian David Gilbert
00Brick 4 days ago
i could go for a pickle right about now
PeniBlue 4 days ago
why do i get the feeling that jake watched his dad get murdered
K a d e
K a d e 4 days ago
Yo that was awesome
Astro 4 days ago
Made the mistake of watching this late at night. I love horror but maybe it isn’t the best idea right before bed.
Checkerhat 4 days ago
God. Goddamn.
Brynn Davidson
Brynn Davidson 4 days ago
"Oh, this isn't actually as frightening as people make it out to be." *shadowy figure flashes behind TV*
NomadicArchives 4 days ago
My name being Jacob, this was certainly a strange watch.
BeastLegendsTCG 4 days ago
flatline 4 days ago
i was like "wow this is kinda like marble hornets" the whole time and then brian uses the marble hornets font at the end lol
Snadegg 4 days ago
I feel very zjierb
Arthur Durham
Arthur Durham 4 days ago
Ok, now I know we need BDG and Alan Resnick collab!
Cairn Owl
Cairn Owl 4 days ago
I am entirely unnerved and my paranoia is ramped up to migraine levels. Well done.
DustBucket 4 days ago
This would be really meta for someone named Jake
Josie Hoy
Josie Hoy 4 days ago
Do you think Jake works from home and makes 20k a month all while being his own boss.
Mrman 4 days ago
Hey quick question. What the fuck?
Sage 4 days ago
In the one recording of the dad close up, he’s taking directly to Jake asking him to say something. At 7:13 his face dims and he says “you’re not-“ and it cuts off. Considering his reaction beforehand it seems whoever is watching the tape isn’t Jake, which makes it even more confusing.
Siblings or Dating???