Microwave Massacre (1983) (2 Disc Special Edition) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)
Directed By: Wayne Berwick
Starring: Jackie Vernon, Loren Schein, Al Troupe
Rated: UR/Region O/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from Arrow Video
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!
Had I not seen this one arrive in the great Arrow Video packaging and saw the iconic Arrow Video logo on the front, I would have sworn after watching Microwave Massacre that it was a Troma movie. Be it that I don’t know the history of the film even with having heard the name a time or two, it is at least cool to see Arrow give it the new life they give it on here on Blu-ray despite it not being THAT good of a film. Sure, this one does have it’s charming as we watch a working man down on his wife for more or less what she is and isn’t feeding him. One thing leads to another and he puts their new microwave to some good use. The movie then develops from a goofy movie to a goofy cannibal movie as he keeps on using the microwave to cook women in and we watch him as he goes for hookers and such to keep his new diet of female on track. Along the way he turns some co-workers on to this new taste of his without them having a clue what it is, he sees a shrink about what he does briefly, and he even has to deal with a sister in law. So the movie rolls along at a nice enough pace and gets pretty outrageous as we feel bad for our lead but ultimately find less and less redeemable about him as he proceeds. It’s a movie with a great name but it could have stood to actually make more use of the actual microwave in question.
Look, I know a movie like this isn’t meant to be taken seriously. It is best to not even attempt to add common sense or logic to this one. It is at best a true example of exploitation and if you weren’t aware of that before, then I’m sure the pair of boobs front and center at the start of it should ring that bell for you. There’s some gore but you do figure that a movie called Microwave Massacre seems to be a bit light on the massacre and microwave side of things when you take it all into consideration. I will say that the movie looks plenty good enough for me from a high definition side of things. It probably looks better than any movie of this budget and nature has the right to look. Also, once you dip into the extras and see the director and friends talk about it during the making of feature it does open up a bit more of a charm to this one overall. You might be more tolerable to it all things considered once you’ve seen that feature. Like I said before, it is a very Troma-ish film and if you dig that style a whole lot, then you’ll be happy with the results. It never hurts anyway to have a movie called Microwave Massacre in your collection anyway, especially if you are a “serious”collector.
– 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
Quality of Transfer: 92%