Updated 06/18/2012 01:56 PM
Lone Star Scene: Scooby crew stages Austin-made massacre
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If you've been around Central Austin you may have noticed the Perry Mansion, off Red River not far from the University of Texas. It's a scenic venue for weddings, special events and in this case a creepy paranormal flick. Before major renovations last year, the location opened up for just a few days when the makers of "Saturday Morning Massacre"
jumped into action.
"Saturday Morning Massacre" is the new Austin-made independent film by director and genre junkie Spencer Parsons, who offers a Roger Corman approach to horror with a Hanna-Barbera twist.
"What if we did a group that was inspired by Scooby-Doo and went into a place and it turned out to be really horrible," Parsons, a former Austinite who now teaches film at Northwestern University, said.
"Basically like Scooby meets Texas Chainsaw Massacre and we met out at the house so I got to see the grounds and what we would be working with," said actor Ashley Spillers.
They only had about 10 days to use the Perry Mansion which meant multiple crews shooting at the same time while some like producer Jonny Mars worked behind the scenes and on camera.
"When we came up with the concept of a Scooby-Doo parody immediately I was tagged as Shaggy for whatever reason," Mars said.
As a low budget feature film the cast and crew worked around the clock finishing production in just a couple weeks.
"It's not like people are getting big bucks to spend all day and all night on the set people because they love Spencer and Jonny and Jason [Wehling], people just want to help them out and work with them and I did, too," Spillers said.
"I think we know that it's a little odd as like a cable exploitation movie because we're all a little bit odd," Parsons said.
"Saturday Morning Massacre" made its world premiere over the weekend at the Los Angeles Film Festival.