Breaking Wind (2012) poster

Breaking Wind (2012)


aka Breaking Wind Part 1

USA. 2012.


Director/Screenplay – Craig Moss, Producers – Bernie Gewissler, Amy Jarvela & Craig Moss, Photography – Rudy Harbon, Music – Todd Haberman, Visual Effects – E3 Media Group, Special Effects Supervisors – Ryan Compton, Dennis Dion & Dominic Ruiz, Production Design – Russell M. Jaeger. Production Company – Primary Pictures/The Faciluty/E3 Media Group.


Heather Ann Davis (Bella), Eric Callero (Edward), Frank Pacheco (Jacob), John Stevenson (Carlisle), Flip Schultz (Charlie), Michael Hamilton (Ronald), Peter Gilroy (Jasper), Pancho Moler (Little Edward), Alice Reitveld (Alice), Rebecca Johnson (Esme), Taylor Graham (Emmet), Ivan Quijano (Quiel), Dilon Garcia (Embry), Danny Trejo (Billy Black)


In the town of Forks, Bella, a teenager in high school, is involved with Edward, a vampire who is a fellow pupil at her school. Despite Bella’s eagerness, Edward has decided to wait until they marry before having sex. With the new threat posed by young vampires from Seattle, Edward pushes Bella together with Jacob, his werewolf rival for her affections.

Beginning with Scary Movie (2000), the 2000s brought a certain brand of film Parody – one where a film of recent vintage was replicated and run over with a series of crass and vulgar gags and snide celebrity jokes. This begat a series of other such parody films with the likes of Superhero Movie (2008), A Haunted House (2013) and sequel, The Hungover Games (2014) and Meet the Blacks (2016). Most prominent among those jumping aboard the bandwagon were the films of Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer who made the likes of Date Movie (2006), Epic Movie (2007), Meet the Spartans (2008), Disaster Movie (2008), Vampires Suck (2010), The Starving Games (2013), Best Night Ever (2013) and Superfast! (2015).

Director/writer Craig Moss first appeared with another short spoof Shaving Ryan’s Private (1998). This led to the feature-length parody films The 41-Year Old Virgin Who Knocked Up Sarah Marshall and Felt Superbad About It (2010) and 30 Nights of Paranormal Activity with the Devil Inside the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2013), as well as the non-parody vigilante film Bad Ass (2012), which spawned two sequels. Moss subsequently went on to make the horror films The Charnel House (2016), Nightmare Nurse (2016) and Let Us In (2021).

Breaking Wind, actually Breaking Wind Part 1 on the opening credits, is one of these parodies devoted of the Twilight movies, which consisted of Twilight (2008), New Moon/Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009), Eclipse/The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010), Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011) and Breaking Dawn Part Two (2012). Breaking Wind was released in January of 2012, two months after Breaking Dawn Part 1 came out but ten months before the saga was concluded with Breaking Dawn Part Two. Friedberg and Seltzer also conducted their own Twilight parody around this time with Vampires Suck.

Edward (Eric Callero) and Bella (Heather Ann Davis) in Breaking Wind (2012)
Twilight parody – Edward (Eric Callero) and Bella (Heather Ann Davis)

The film principally borrows plot elements from Eclipse and Breaking Dawn Part 1. Unlike the Friedman/Seltzer films, which are frequently a magpie collage of different films, Craig Moss keeps on target with the source of the parody, although there is a diversion off into having people in the woods attacked by malevolent versions of assorted Johnny Depp characters and the Na’vi from Avatar (2009). Some of the actors, particularly John Stevenson who plays Carlisle, even look reasonably like their counterparts in the Twilight films.

When the second scene of the film involves the Edward equivalent (Eric Callero) making jokes about Bella’s grandmother taking out her false teeth so she can give him a better blowjob, you can see that Breaking Wind has disappeared well into Friedberg/Seltzer territory in no time flat. Thereafter in rapid course we get a series of gags about Bella’s father (Flip Schultz) and Thai hookers; how many inches Jacob (Fran Pacheco) has; about Bella’s father’s having a significant sexual experience with an octogenarian man; and a lot of jokes about Jacob’s flatulence and how much he smells.

There is hardly a scene that goes by without anybody throwing in some crude sexual reference. Some of the gags like the ones about Jacob farting and Bella having a huge vagina are repeated over and over to a point that it becomes monotonous. It is one of the most persistently and relentlessly vulgar of the post-Scary Movie films and makes for an excruciating watch. The film ends with a series of clips that run over the credits of actual Twilight fans viewing the trailer for the film – it is not clear for which Breaking Dawn film this is the trailer – where it proceeds to ridicule them for their enthusiasm, in particular one teenage girl who becomes ecstatic in her excitement.

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