Title: Saturday Morning Massacre

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Year: 2012

Genre: Horror

Language: English

Runtime: 83 min

Director: Spencer Parsons

Writer: Jory Balsimo, Kat Candler, Aaron Leggett, more

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2321501/

A crew of four solve paranormal mysteries together. Having been in the business long enough they know that behind every ghost mystery lies a real life crime that they are just dying to put a stop to. Now their business isn't going so well, and they're hired to investigate the Kyser mansion, an old school. Evidence points toward satanism, but what they're about to meet is much worse and deranged than that.

Our thoughts:
Have you ever watched a movie and you can't seem to decide what you think of it until you have talked about it with someone? Sometimes, not often, reviewing is like that for me. I watch a movie and I know a few things I liked and disliked about it, but it has yet to develop into a final thought. An overall thought, if you will. "Saturday Morning Massacre" is sort of like that for me right now, I'm trying to come to terms with my opinion. I know that I didn't dislike the movie and that it wasn't a waste of time, but I don't know how much I really enjoyed it. Let's solve that mystery here and now!

If "Scooby-Doo" was a more serious horror movie, then "Saturday Morning Massacre" is pretty damn close to what you're seeing in your mind. It's about a group of two guys, two girls and a dog, that investigate ghosts and other mysteries but it always ends up being some sort of crime behind it. They're essentially solving crime, but usually it's under the disguise of supernatural activities. The gang gets a new job that should hopefully help them financially to continue with what they do, but this job ends up being much harder than they had expected. They're going to investigate an old school, the Kyser mansion, where people believe occultism and satanism is present. They spend some time there without really finding anything, but instead they get themselves into personal dilemmas and problems. Such as accidently taking acid and thinking they are seeing strange things. But when they come off the trip they realize that the things they saw were real. They're not alone in the mansion.

The idea of following some of the rules from "Scooby-Doo" is fantastic, as it actually manages to capture a similar vibe in some scenes without being comedic. The problem is that I think this WANTED to be comedic, but I can't say it feels like a parody as much as using a silly idea seriously. This means that some of the scenes come off as weird when you notice how it borrows from a cartoon, but without comedy. Some scenes probably should have been funny, but I simply didn't feel they were. I didn't mind too much because it sort of works as a serious movie too, and especially when the violence finally kicks in towards the end as I am sure most horror fans will feel right at home then. Before that it does tend to get tedious at times.

The effects are pretty solid except for some very few shots of CGI/greenscreening. There's a decent decapitation towards the end among other things, so it will offer the massacre that the title promises. I think the ending is the strongest part, simpy because that's when it gives the horror fans what they're waiting for with a title like this.

"Saturday Morning Massacre" shows that we're dealing with talented filmmakers, but maybe the idea and approach was a bit off to begin with (a nice reference to saturday morning cartoons, though). I think it's a fun twist to the paranormal investigator genre, but it's not the parody that it wanted to be. It actually comes off as a serious approach, which is a bit weird (albeit fun at times too). This is never a big enough part of the movie to actually make that matter in the end, however. Beyond all that it's a rather typical horror movie, so it's hard for me to sing praise to it. Absolutely not a bad movie, though.

Positive things:
- Fun approach.
- Some good violence.
- I think the filmmakers will make something better in the future.
- The last part of the most fun.

Negative things:
- A bit too slow at times.
- Doesn't offer enough outside of the norm.

Gore: 2/5
Nudity: 1.5/5
Story: 2/5
Effects: 2.5/5
Comedy: 1/5

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