Tuesday, 9 April 2013
Saturday Morning Massacre (2012)
(Online Screener Copy)
Directed by Spencer Parsons
Written by Jory Balsimo, Aaron Leggett and Jason Wehling
Produced by Jesse Lyda, Jonny Mars and Jason Wehling
Stars: Ashley Rae Spillers, Jonny Mars, Josephine Decker, Adam Tate, Paul Gordon.
Saturday Morning Massacre is a film I have been eager to check out for some time so I was most grateful when Writer and Producer Jason Wehling offered me an online screener to review.
Featuring a group of self made ghost hunters, Nancy, Chad, Floyd and Gwen and their dog (Scooby Doo fans paying attention?) who are fed up with cracking cases of reported hauntings and getting no financial reward for it. So when a paid gig over at the old, deserted Kyser School House presents itself, the team hot foot it over there like a bunch of gazelles.
Meeting local police Officer Lance on location, the team refuse to listen to his warnings about spending the night in the Schoolhouse and even creepily placed signs of devil worship are not enough to deter them. As is always the way with a movie with 'massacre' in the tile, things begin to go horribly awry very quickly. That being said, if you are thinking 'oh just another slasher movie then' DONT let my previous comment put you off. The movie has a lot more going for it then that; its comedy is spot on, there is a continued mystery as to what is actually going on in the house and how it relates to the tales of the past and you are kept on the edge of your seat until the very end. Not to mention a perfect final scene.
The film is also very well made, it comes across as very polished and professional and the lighting is impressive throughout considering the team are holed up in such a dark old house. To add to that there are several really cool and offbeat shots throughout the film which helps to give the film the slightly odd edge that it most definitely has.
Further to this 'odd edge'; the group of ghost hunters have a very strange, almost surreal way of interacting with each other, particularly as a whole group. I can't explain if any better than that but trust you will see what I mean when you see it. Some of the more touching moments reminded me of the love scenes in Twin Peaks, from the backing music to the overall acting. I enjoyed this element a lot.
As far as acting goes I enjoyed all of the main performances and you can easily see why Ashley Rae Spillers was chosen to play the quirky lead 'Nancy', she does a great job as a kind hearted yet tough young woman.
Saturday Morning Massacre is one to check out when you get the chance. It has gore, scares and laughs and shows great promise for the people behind it. Check it out on Facebook to find out more!