SYNOPSIS: Academy of Doom is set on the campus of the famous Mil Mascaras Wrestling Women's Academy. The Academy finds itself the focus of seemingly disparate events involving the villainous Luctor; an eccentric Baron; and a series of bizarre murders. The most famous figure at the academy, La Torcha, joins forces with Mil Mascaras to unravel the mystery and ensure that justice prevails.
LOG LINE: Academy of Doom weaves a complex storyline involving mysterious characters and stolen brains. Shot in the psychotronic style of the no-budget Mexican "lucha" films of the early 1970s, this film tells the story of a series of bizarre murders at a famous wrestling women's academy.
Press attention often focused on its flashier
sibling, but a review devoted entirely to
AoD can be found HERE.
- Most of the film, including all Academy scenes, were filmed on the campus of the University of Missouri-Columbia.
- The sets for the interior of the restaurant,
Luctor's mansion, and others were constructed in
the same lab space in Lafferre Hall as was used
for the Mummy film.
- The wood and styrofoam walls used to create
the Aztec tomb for the Mummy film were repainted
and used in AoD for the interior of Luctor's mansion.
- Sabrina Braden didn't just play La Torcha, she also designed
and created all of her own costumes (except for the
mask itself). She also worked in the wardrobe department
for the Mummy film.
- The wrestling venue was filmed at The Blue Note
- The working title for the script was "Wrestling Women
vs. the Brainiac," which was an homage to the English
titles of some famous Mexican films that were dubbed for
release in the US in the 1960s.
- Jeff's brother Scott, who created the body of IDAKTOR
for the Mummy film, created the jet pack for AoD.
- Scott's son Kent, who played the mini-creature in the
Mummy film, served as the jet pack test pilot prior to filming and received a burn
to his leg when the fuel cylinder ruptured during testing.
- The jet pack also malfunctioned on set during filming, but mini-assassin
Kent Martin was uninjured because of safety
features added during testing.
- Despite a fear of spiders, professional wrestler Dan Flynn
portrayed the henchman who was killed
by the Columbian Death Spider.
- Dan developed a new phobia -- one involving a fear of
wooden boards being swung at his head -- after portraying
the creature that was struck in the head with a board by Mil.
- Justin Powers played multiple creatures in the film, all of which were killed.
- Jeff played the creature with grey facial hair that
fought La Torcha.
- The flamethrower battle was filmed at the Columbia fire training center.
- The only flamethrower-related injury was a mild
case of frostbite when a crew member touched a pipe that
was frozen from the flow of liquid propane.
- All interiors and exteriors for the Baron's mansion
were filmed at the Guitar Mansion in Columbia.
- Academy of Doom was shot almost entirely on campus and is
the only one of the three films to be shot entirely within
the city of Columbia.
- Professional wrestler Julie McCoy played the Baron's
daughter Nancy; the wrestler Medea; one of the creatures
(with Dan) who fought Mil; and a henchwoman in the final
battle in front of the mansion.
- Like the other two films, Jeff's script for AoD included
several references to other films and TV shows. One notable
example is the parallel between Baron Crater and his daughter
Nancy and Robert Crater and his wife Nancy from the Salt Vampire
episode from the original Star Trek series.
- Brighton Mirtsching (the daughter of Kurt "The Professor" Mirtsching) is featured as Maura in this film and in Aztec Revenge.
- Lorena and Elizabeth were originally intended to have
narrow masks like other Academy students, but Jeff was
concerned that one or both might not always be available
because of classes and other constraints so he suggested
that they should have full masks to allow another actress
to substitute if necessary.
- The filming location for the office of the Headmistress of
the Academy was the actual office of the Chairman of the
Computer Science Department. An unknowing visitor was
more than a bit confused when he knocked on the door and saw
a punching bag and other wrestling paraphernalia
- Mil Mascaras was officially a visiting professor at the
University during filming of AoD.
- Jeff purchased the cane for Luctor because it had a
blue jewel on its handle reminiscent of the jewel on
the mummy's scepter in the first film.
- Marty Walker, who played a member of the Joint Chiefs
in the first film, plays a security guard in AoD with a name
tag that says "F. Wills" -- the name of the security guard
who discoved the infamous Watergate break-in.
- In the script the security guard is shot in the
neck with a poison dart and drops dead,
but Marty's inspired performance contributed to
make the scene even more memorable.
- The character names "Lorena", "Elizabeth", and "Maura"
were chosen to honor memborable Mexican lucha film actresses Lorena Valazquez, Elizabeth Campbell, and Maura Monti.
- The flamethrower sequence was shot at the Columbia
fire training station. Filming had to be scrapped because of
rain and was only able to be rescheduled because the third
shoot of the Mummy film continued after filming was
scheduled to end for AoD.
- One of the women's sports teams showed up while the crew
was setting up for the film's locker room scenes.
Even though the production had properly reserved the space, the coach insisted that the team had priority and refused to leave.
This disruption led to rushed filming with limited time
to properly prepare lighting and audio.
- Shortly after the filming of AoD was completed, all of the walls
and other set materials from the first two films had to be
removed from the space
in Lafferre Hall so that it could be renovated as
the University's Center for Geospatial Intelligence.
- Like the trailer for MMvsAM, Jeff wrote and narrated the trailer for AoD.