Wrestling horror movie to premiere at The Oaks Theater in Oakmont
Pro wrestling fans and horror enthusiasts are in for a scary night at the Oaks Theater in Oakmont.
The world premiere of “WrestleMassacre” is set for Friday at the one-screen theater along Allegheny River Boulevard.
It is the latest by Fuzzy Monkey Films director Brad Twigg and executive producer Gary Lee Vincent of Burning Bulb Publishing.
The film tells the story of Randy, played by wrestler Richie Acevedo (“Bounty Hunter War,” “Concussion”).
He’s an awkward groundskeeper who aspires to make a name for himself in the squared circle — but things do not go as planned.
“Everybody treats him like garbage,” Twigg said. “He gets no respect … He falls in love with one of his clients. He gets delusional thinking that she has feelings for him when she’s just trying to be a nice person. He wants to impress her and follow in his father’s footsteps.”
People continue to humiliate Randy to the point where he dons wrestling gear and goes on a homicidal rage. He 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 the madness is Randy’s love interest, Becky, played by south central Pennsylvania actress Rosanna Nelson (“Killer Campout”).
The movie was filmed in Chambersburg, Pa.; Hagerstown, Md.; Martinsburg, W.Va.; and Charlottesville, Va., among other locations.
Twigg described it as a “graphically intense horror film” with wrestling-style fights. It took about a year to shoot.
Wrestling superstars in the film include WWE Hall of Famers Tony Atlas and the late Nikolai Volkoff, Rene Dupree, ECW legend the Sandman and former NWA tag team champion Manny Fernandez.
Vincent (“Stranger Things”) plays Vince, a warehouse manager who owes a mobster money and gets into a fight. He said the character pays homage to WWE chairman Vince McMahon.
Vincent said the the project received a lot of support with people donating their time and effort, and the production value really stands out.
“I think that is has a look to it of a much more expensive movie than an independent (one),” he said. “It is very good.”
Twigg said people will be able to meet some of the cast and crew at the screening. He hopes for a capacity crowd.
“It’s a fun movie,” he said. “It’s entertaining and gives them something that they can (watch to) escape reality for an hour and a half (and) just have fun.”
More information is available at facebook.com/wrestlemassacre.
Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Michael at 412-871-2367, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @MikeJdiVittorio.