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Microwave Massacre (1983)

Not Rated | | 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.


Wayne Berwick


Thomas Singer (screenplay), Craig Muckler (story)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jackie Vernon ... Donald
Loren Schein Loren Schein ... Roosevelt
Al Troupe Al Troupe ... Philip
Marla Simon Marla Simon ... Knothole Girl
Claire Ginsberg Claire Ginsberg ... May
Lou Ann Webber Lou Ann Webber ... Dee Dee Dee
Anna Marlowe ... Chick
Cindy Gant Cindy Gant ... Susie Grubb
Sarah Alt Sarah Alt ... Evelyn
Karen Marshall Karen Marshall ... Neighbor
Phil De Carlo Phil De Carlo ... Sam
Aaron Koslow ... Salesman
Ed Thomas Ed Thomas ... Dr. Von Der Fool
John Harmon ... Dr. Gestalp
Norman Friedman 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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Release Date:

31 August 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gevmata frikis See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Production Co:

Reel Life Productions (I) See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Was released on a full-screen unrated DVD by Anthem Pictures in 2006. The front case art trumpeted the film as "The Worst Horror Movie Of All Time" and "Uncut/Unrated" as selling points. See more »


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


Donald: Here I come.
Susie Grubb: You will soon.
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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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A Cigarette Before Dining or after Sex? Decisions. Decisions...
2 January 2010 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

Far from being the worst horror film of all time, and really not much of a horror movie at all but more of a black comedy for lack of a better description. Jackie Vernon plays Donald whose wife refuses to give him solid, working-man food but rather inundates his lunch box with crab sandwiches and other gourmet meals. Donald gets so upset after a night of drinking his woes that he slays his wife and then packs her in the freezer, later goes for a bite to eat, and unwittingly eats her hand wrapped in tin foil. From there he realizes he loves the taste and begins to eat women all the time(yes, that pun and every possible one under the sun was used in the film!). Thereis an endless parade of one-liners, many just wretched, but after a bit I was finding some of them amusing as this film is trying to be nothing more than a sophomoric horror spoof. It has a seventies feel to it though it was made in 1983. The scary moments are non-existent. What do we get: roly-poly Jackie Vernon quipping wisecracks as he searches for dinner and a date all in one. Vernon is just, well, there. He quite honestly doesn't have much of a movie presence, but he can deliver his lines - if you can be more unlike me and get past the voice of Frosty the Snowman swearing and having his way with a prostitute and even stuffing a turkey. The gal that plays his wife is amusing if nothing else, and the rest of the cast could be extras on Lost for all we know/care. There are a few exceptions because the film has liberal doses of gratuitous nudity - no more eye-popping then the opening with the knothole girl. A real looker and possibly the high point of this film. More is the pity. that being said; however, Microwave Massacre is watchable - even again in the next decade possibly. seeing Vernon act is intriguing as we have little of him in film(I wonder why?). You could definitely do a lot worse than this. I have seen horror films that made my eyes glaze over from boredom and wished/willed my fingers to pass the fast forward. This strangely enough for me was not one of those times.

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