Tale of the Tape: The Best Viral Videos Within Movies
Viral videos often unleash a plague of trouble for the poor souls who wittingly or unwittingly star in them. That’s certainly what happens to the sex-starved married couple played by Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz in the new Jake Kasdan-directed comedy Sex Tape. In an effort to recapture the passion, energy, and creativity of their pre-marriage lovemaking, the duo put the video camera on their iPad to the test. It’s all fun and games until that private tape almost leaks out to the public, threatening to ruin their sterling reputation among their family, friends, and employers. Had Diaz and Segel seen the damage wrought by the following compromising and/or just plain disturbing videos-within-movies, they probably would have passed on the sex tape plan and just grabbed some ice cream and fired up Netflix like a normal married couple.
American Pie (1999)
Tale of the Tape: Putting the still-young webcam technology to good use, Jim turns his room into a supposedly private peep-show booth, with Slovakian exchange student Nadia providing the adult entertainment for these hormonal teenagers. But then, Jim is persuaded by his pals to co-star in this video, rather than simply be another spectator. The results aren’t pretty to watch, though they are pretty funny.
Seen By: Just the entire student body at Jim’s high school.
Creepiest Moment: Jim’s oh-so-’90s taste in music is more disturbing than his flailing dance moves.
Fallout: For the U.S. citizen: The usual abject humiliation in the face of one’s peers. For the foreigner: Instant deportation.
The Ring (2002)
Tale of the Tape: Nobody knows who made this scratchy, spooky black-and-white video, or who starred in it, or who released it into the wild. What they do know is that watching it means certain doom. And while you’d think that would make them reconsider popping it in the VCR, you’d be wrong.
Seen By: It’s fairly easy to tell who has seen it—just check their pulse. If it’s still beating, chances are they haven’t hit the “Play” button yet.
Creepiest Moment: Take your pick; every frame is creeptastic. The one that gets us is the old nail-through-the-finger trick.
Fallout: The viewing experience always ends the same way: with a foreboding phone call, followed by seven days of nightmares and hallucinations and, finally, death.