Blu-ray Movie Review – Microwave Massacre (1983)

Microwave Massacre
Directed by Wayne Berwick
Courtesy of Arrow Video & MVD Distribution
Original Year of Release: 1983
Blu-ray Release Date: August 16, 2016


I was very excited to hear Arrow and MVD were teaming up to release MICROWAVE MASSACRE. This is another one of those films I had heard about for years, but never found it on VHS (or DVD for that matter) to watch. I’m happy to report the film is just as much fun as I hoped it would be. Full of quirky humor, abysmal special effects, and some of the finest cardboard acting you’ll ever see, MICROWAVE MASSACRE is a B-Horror Movie fan’s dream!

If you are not familiar with MICROWAVE MASSACRE, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Arrow Video & MVD Distribution:


Microwave Massacre stars legendary stand-up comedian and actor Jackie Vernon (the voice of Frosty the Snowman from the beloved animated Rankin / Bass classic animated holiday special) as Donald, a disgruntled construction worker whose wife s predilection for haute cuisine drives him to cannibalism.
Donald unwittingly stumbles upon a solution to his two major problems in his life his nagging wife and his lack of tasty meals when, one night, he bludgeons his better half to death with a pepper grinder in a drunken rage. Thinking on his feet, Donald dismembers the body and sets about microwaving the remains, which turn out to be rather delicious. Trouble is, now he’s got a taste for human flesh that needs satisfying…

Eschewing all notions of good taste, Wayne Berwick s Microwave Massacre is a deliciously depraved exercise in political incorrectness that has gone on to gain a cult following thanks to a characteristically deadpan performance from lead Vernon, who delivers such choice lines as “I’m so hungry I could eat a whore.” Vegetarians need not apply!

This is definitely one of those “so-bad-it’s-good” films, so don’t expect anything less going into it. But sit back and prepare to be entertained…this is a film I guarantee you’ll watch more than once.

MICROWAVE MASSACRE is shot plainly but efficiently. There’s no outstanding cinematography; the camera is just there to capture the story. This is not a negative at all, but I don’t want any viewers setting their expectations high in the production department. Likewise, the production value appears very low. I would wager the biggest expense this film incurred was on catering for the cast and crew.

The acting is atrocious, but it’s also a big part of what makes this movie so much fun. Comedian/actor Jackie Vernon gives a slooooooow-going performance as the main character, Donald. The snail-speed delivery of his lines made me want to finish them for him in many cases. But I couldn’t keep from laughing as well. His “every man” persona fit perfectly for the character; I don’t think I could see anybody else playing that role.

The gore in MICROWAVE MASSACRE is cheesy but effective. I particularly enjoyed the decomposing (supposedly) head of Donald’s wife that he keeps in the freezer. It looks somewhat realistic, but it’s certainly creepy nonetheless!

A DVD copy of this film touts it as the worst horror movie ever made (see the pic below if you don’t believe me), and while I would argue that, it’s certainly up there with the-best-of-the-worst. And that is definitely a good thing.


MICROWAVE MASSACRE will make an excellent addition to your horror library, and it will provide numerous hours of fun. This is one of those films you want to watch with a group of friends, just so everybody can pick it apart.

In addition to the film, the Blu-ray features Special Edition contents that include:

• Brand new 2K restoration of the original camera negative
• High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray (Region A) and Standard Definition (480p) DVD (Region 1) presentations
• Original Mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• Brand new audio commentary with writer-producer Craig Muckler moderated by Mike Tristano
• Brand new making-of featurette including interviews with Muckler, director Wayne Berwick and actor Loren Schein
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork to be revealed

***First pressing only: fully-illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Nightmare USA author Stephen Thrower

The film hits stores tomorrow, so make a note!


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