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Microwave Massacre (1983)

Unrated | | Comedy, Horror | 31 August 1983 (USA)
Fed up of his wife's bad cooking, Donald kills her and turns to cannibalism to satisfy his appetite.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Loren Schein ...
Al Troupe ...
Marla Simon ...
Knothole Girl
Claire Ginsberg ...
Lou Ann Webber ...
Dee Dee Dee
Cindy Gant ...
Susie Grubb
Sarah Alt ...
Karen Marshall ...
Phil De Carlo ...
Aaron Koslow ...
Ed Thomas ...
Dr. Von Der Fool
John Harmon ...
Dr. Gestalp
Norman Friedman ...
Mr. Goodbite


Construction worker Donald is having a hard time getting anything good to eat since his wife has decided to only cook gourmet foods. That and her constant harping cause him to snap, and he whacks her. Somewhere in the confusion he comes up with a new use for the microwave oven, and begins to eat much better. Soon he's experimenting with different recipes. And different meats. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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They Came For Dinner ... To Find They Were It!!


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31 August 1983 (USA)  »

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Gevmata frikis  »

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1.37 : 1
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Rodney Dangerfield was considered for the role of Donald, but his asking salary was too high. See more »


(at around 17 mins) Two crew members are visible. See more »


Donald: [Donald comes home drunk and notices neighbor with cat] Oh, what a nice pussy! Pussy, pussy, pussy.
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Crazy Credits

A Chez Reel Life Creation (Condemned by Good Housekeeping) Le Chef, Donald: Jackie Vernon L'Aperatif, Knothole girl: Marla Simon In Title Scene: Marla Simon's La Menu (In order of consumption) La Specialite De La Maison, May: Claire Ginsberg L'Hours D'oeuvre, Dee Dee Dee: Lou Ann Webber La Poultry, Chick: Anna Marlowe La Dessert, Susie Grubb, Cindy Gant La Pain, Evelyn: Sarah Alt La Cocktail, Neighbor: Karen Marshall Le Chaser, Sam: Phil DeCarlo Le Wierdo, Salesman: Aaron Koslow Le House Doctor, Dr. Von Der Fool: Ed Thomas Le Shrink, Dr. Gestalp: John Harmon Le Buffet, Mr. Goodbite: Norman Friedman Les Condiments: etc. Les Vibrators: Sticky Digits, Inc. Le Shadow: Only He Knows La Danceur: Allison (Allison?) And Introducing Major Electronic as The Oven. See more »


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You are what you eat
23 July 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Described by its original DVD distributor as "The Worst Horror Movie of All Time", this 1983 black comedy doesn't quite live up to that promise, but it's a close thing. The painted cover art is fantastic, and typically unrepresentative of the lousy content of the film.

Donald (Jackie Vernon) is a depressed, disillusioned construction worker who returns each evening to his frumpy, nagging wife, May (Claire Ginsberg). She feels she doesn't get the gratitude she deserves for "slaving away" at her new microwave all day.

One night Donald snaps and murders May. Naturally, the only way he can destroy the evidence is by cooking and eating her. He gets a taste for it (excuse the pun) and thus begins enticing ladies of the night back to his suburban home. He cooks them and feeds them to his insatiable, ignorant co-workers. Donald is free and he's impressing his new best buddies. What can possibly stop his campaign of cannibalism? Vernon was a stand-up with a distinctive deadpan style, which is entirely incongruous with the farcical events of this story. Combined with the film's weirdly languid pace and Leif Horvath's eerie electronic score, it's quite an unsettling experience – although this is mostly due to it being an outright tonal disaster, rather than any controlled sense of atmosphere.

With the humour and delivery of a 70s sketch show, it's a movie badly in need of canned laughter, if only to inform us of when we're supposed to laugh. Genuine humour comes in the briefest of snatches: Donald's encounter with Dr Van der Fool (Ed Thomas), who doesn't know which side the heart is on; or the scene where May's sister stops by and Donald has to prop May's disembodied head in the bed to pretend she's still alive ("She looks awful pale...").

It's a movie of a mercifully bygone era in which all the women are nags or sluts, although this is par for the course in trash horror of the time. What the flesh sandwich lacks is a juicy layer of satire. Given that the microwave was just becoming a household essential in the 80s, promising the death of the conventional cooker, this has to go down as an opportunity missed – we get none of the consumerist satire of The Stuff, nor the grotesque farce of the more enjoyably outrageous Street Trash.

Microwave Massacre just about claws its way into the midnight movie slot through a certain uniqueness and, frankly, its brevity (it comes in at around 75 minutes). But it's more of a freak-out than a fun time.

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