SYNOPSIS: AZTEC REVENGE follows events from the popular 2008 film, MIL MASCARAS VS THE AZTEC MUMMY. In this film the Professor discovers that artifacts from the Aztec Mummy's tomb have been stolen from his university collection. Only Mil Mascaras can solve the mystery of the theft and save the world from Aztec conquest.
LOG LINE: Mil Mascaras faces unbelievable horrors when the vengeful
head of an Aztec chief is resurrected on a college campus.
The educational aspect of the making of the film was
discussed in the following two local news articles:
Explosion is a blast on film
B-horror crew will kill for an A
- The working title for the film was "Venganza Azteca",
which translates to the final title "Aztec Revenge".
- Most of the interiors and all exteriors for the Vartheta
Mu fraternity were filmed at an actual fraternity house on campus.
- The fraternity space in which the luchadores were
examined and held was filmed in the attic in Jesse Hall
in the same space that was used for the Twin photo-shoot
in the first film.
- The name of the fraternity in the script derives
from an obscure symbol (Vartheta) from a text-processing
language and from the initials of the university at
which the film would be made (MU).
- The interior and exterior scenes for the
wrestling venue were filmed at the Hearnes Center
- Dr. Kenneth Schafermeyer was the on-set physician
for the film and also appeared in a scene as the site
physician. In the first film he was also the on-set physician and
appeared briefly in the audience for one of the wrestling
matches at the Missouri Theatre.
- The interiors and exteriors for the sorority house
were filmed at the Conley House on campus. This was
the same location used for La Torcha's house in
Academy of Doom.
- The film was financed with $20k provided by
the University's Interdisciplinary Innovation Fund.
- The previous two films used the Sony CineAlta
HD camera, which was state-of-the-art at the time.
This film used a Canon 5D Mark II consumer camera
that was customized to use prime lenses by the newly-hired Director of the IT program, Dale Musser.
- The first two passes of post-production audio work
were done by two sound design classes at Webster
University in St. Louis.
- Stephens College also assisted with some
aspects of post-production for the film.
- World-renowned Spanish composer, Anna Cazurra, was hired
to score the film. She represented the film at its
world premiere in Madrid in 2015.
- The jet pack in this film was created by Karen Stix.
It was non-functional, so a visual-effect flight sequence
had to be created in post.
- The car explosion was filmed at the Columbia Fire Training
Center, which is the same location used for the flamethrower
sequence in Academy of Doom.
- The ninjas were portrayed by an experienced team of parkour
and martial arts experts from St. Louis.
- The ninja fight sequence begins on top of the Tiger Building
(aka Tiger Hotel), then moves to an alley in downtown Columbia,
and then ends on top of a campus parking garage.
- Most of the extended action sequence involving the ninjas
had to be scrapped when one of them struck his head while practicing a flip. Dr. Shafermeyer attended to the head
wound (with help from Jeff and Kathy) until an ambulance arrived. The injured ninja received stitches but was otherwise fine
and was able to visit set on the next day of filming.
- A styrofoam model of the Aztec Chief's head was created
for use in a couple of scenes. Unfortunately it
shrank over time and became unusable so Jeff had to dig
through storage in a crawl space beneath the engineering
building to retrieve the prop head from the first film.
- The initial battle between Mil and the Aztec Chief was
filmed in the steam and power maintenance facilities in
the basement of Jesse Hall.
- The final exterior battle between Mil and the Aztec Chief was
filmed on the roof of Lafferre Hall, the main engineering building.
- Osmium is the heaviest chemical element and was used
for the name of the production company for the first film.
Aztec Revenge was a smaller-budget
sequel to that film, so "Tritium Productions"
was chosen as the production company name because tritium is
the heaviest isotope of the smallest chemical element.
- The prison escape scene was filmed at the closed prison
in Jefferson City. After filming ended at the location, Jeff
took some of the participants to the adjacent location
used in the
first film for the final battle between Mil and
the Mummy. The Mummy's throne and almost everything else
was still there exactly as it had been left years earlier.