Wrestle Massacre (2018) reviews and overview

 
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‘You can’t tap out when you’re dead!’

Wrestle Massacre – aka WrestleMassacre – is a 2018 American horror feature film written and directed by Brad Twigg (Harvest of HorrorsKiller Campout; Frames of Fear; et al) with additional material by Julio Bana Fernandez, Matthew L. Furman and Rosanna Nelson. The Fuzzy Monkey Films production stars Brandy Mason, Nadia White and Richie Acevedo.

Randy is an awkward groundskeeper who is obsessed with professional wrestling. Longing for a sense of belonging with grandiose dreams of becoming a wrestling superstar, Randy is only met with abject humiliation and alienation.

A brutal shaming at a local wrestling school pushes Randy over the edge and lights the spark for his blood lust. Donned in wrestling gear and armed with homicidal rage, Randy sets out on a blood-soaked rampage to punish those who wronged him.

With each ghastly kill, Randy takes a trophy from his tormentors to add to a wrestling title belt crafted from human flesh. The only hope of putting an end to his reign of carnage lies with Becky, an understanding client who is one of the only few to ever show him kindness…

Release:

WrestleMassacre will be available On Demand and DVD on June 16th 2020 from Wild Eye Releasing.

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“For something called Wrestlemassacre to actually succeed in making you root for the main character, it’s a disappointment that the whole bloody affair turns into a bit of a slog. Sure, there are a lot of other options now and Wrestlemassacre is far from perfect but it really is worth watching. Well, at least for the first 10 kills or so…” Dread Central

“In all honesty, the first half an hour was a bit slow and some of the acting was suspect with some of the dialogue between characters dragging a bit but the last 70 minutes was totally worth it. When Randy finally loses it and goes on a revenge-fueled rampage, body parts start flying and the gore is ramped up to 1000.” Fitz of Horror

“I have very few criticisms about WrestleMassacre, which is mainly in regards to pacing, as the first 40-45 minutes are a bit slow. But it is a fun watch and it doesn’t bother the movie too much.” Horror Geek Life

WrestleMassacre takes the gimmicks from WCW and adds it to the energy and viciousness of ECW to deliver wrestling inspired deaths that will not be forgotten anytime soon.  The kills are brutal, fit the story, and have solid practical effects.  There was a few instances where you can spot the film’s budget but Twigg worked with it to make it effective.” Horror Society

“It’s just a cool idea that does a great job of combining old school slasher flicks with old school wrestling to make one hell of an awesome combination. As a result, the film itself is just a ton of fun and I loved every minute of it.” HNN

“If you’re into the wrestling scene and also happen to be a horror buff, you may get a few kicks out of this. Also, there is value in its excellent use of practical effects. However, the film as a whole is a mess and unfortunately, it’s not one that I can recommend to many.” Killer Horror Critic

“Had the film been trimmed by a good 15-20 minutes – dropping the drama and needless padding – it easily could rank as a favourite neo-slasher. Frankly, it had me bored in spots, and that is unforgivable in movies, especially a good old fashioned slash-a-thon.” The Movie Waffler

Wrestlemassacre sees Brad Twigg steadily improving as a director/writer, adding far more main character development and pathos than his previous offerings. The film features enough violence, gore and nudity to please horror fans and enough wrestler cameos and references for wrestling fans. Wrestlemassacre is a bloody good time.” Pop Horror

Wrestlemassacre gets off to a great start with a nude Cayt Feinics (Clownado; Lycanimator) running through the woods and a couple of bloody deaths. Unfortunately, the next half hour or so is a bit of a slog as it sets everyone up for the slaughter. And that is worth the wait. The last half hour of Wrestlemassacre is filled with gore and carnage with wrestling moves frequently involved. Backs are broken, necks snapped, limbs and faces torn off. There’s death by electrocution and weed trimmer. All without the use of CGI.” Voices from the Balcony

Cast and characters:

  • Richie Acevedo … Randy
  • Tony Atlas … Hercules
  • Julio Bana Fernandez … Owen
  • Jason John Beebe … Tex
  • Aaron Brazier … Victim
  • Daniel Brooks … Demon
  • David Curtis … Wrestling School Doorman
  • Eric Danger Dionne … Ricky
  • Rene Dupree … Shawn
  • James L. Edwards … Reverend Nathan Ashberry
  • Nathan Feeney … Bar Patron
  • Cayt Feinics … Amanda
  • Manny Fernandez … Tito
  • Jimmy Flame … Jackie
  • Jim Fullington … Kendo

Technical details:

  • 100 minutes

Related:

Harvest of Horrors – USA, 2019 – preview

Killer Campout – USA, 2017 – reviews

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