When it comes to making movies, some things are just inevitable. It’s just a matter of being the first to do it. Brad Twigg crosses the finish line with WrestleMassacre—a wrestling/horror mashup featuring the requisite blood, gore, violence, and nudity along with the excitement…and quality…of an independent, backyard wrestling promotion.
Richie Acevedo plays Randy, the film’s monster. Randy has been picked on and bullied for his entire life. He’s continuously tormented by his boss, his gardening clients, and members of his wrestling gym. Randy is ultimately pushed to his breaking point when he is fired for looking through a window as his client’s wife is taking a long, sultry shower. During a late-night dream featuring his favorite televangelist exhorting him to essentially grow-a-pair, Randy goes on a rampage exacting his revenge on everyone who’s ever hurt him in the hope of ultimately earning the love of his crush.
“…Randy goes on a rampage exacting his revenge on everyone who’s ever hurt him…”
Yes, there’s a girl. Rosanna Nelson plays the object of Randy’s desire, Becky. Becky is the girl next door, who hates how people treat Randy. Becky’s display of care and concern is misinterpreted as romantic. Meanwhile, the smart, compassionate Becky is…you guessed it…dating an idiot in Owen (Julio Bana Fernandez), who owes thousands of dollars to a loan shark, which he lost playing Fantasy Football.
WrestleMassacre has everything you’d expect from a low-budget indie horror film…good and bad. Let’s start with the bad. The acting is not exactly the greatest. Clearly, the filmmakers are using local talent, and I’m sure the nearby acting schools were all booked up. On the upside, the film boasts some wrestling all-stars for the nostalgia factor, including Josip Peruzovic (a.k.a. Nikolai Volkoff), Renee Dupree, and Tony Atlas.
"…Directed Brad Twigg knows precisely what he needs to deliver to fans on-screen."