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Microwave Massacre (1983/Arrow Films Blu-ray w/DVD)

Picture: B/B- Sound: B/C+ Extras: B Film: C-

Wayne Berwick's 1983 horror/comedy Microwave Massacre is so bad, that is almost mesmerizing. Starring comedian Jackie Vernon whose direct camera addresses, deadpan jokes, and horrific acting are at times hard to watch. The special effects are absolutely terrible and many scenes are so out of left field, I guarantee you won't see them coming. Still, there is something charming about this terrible movie that makes you want to keep watching, seeing what will happen next. Arrow has pulled all the stops as usual with this release and presents it in a great new 2K restoration from the original camera negative and great new special features.

Donald (Vernon) is a disgruntled construction worker that is dissatisfied with his nagging wife May and her gross and terrible cooking. One night, he comes home intoxicated and gets in a scuffle with her, which ends in him choking her to death. The real craziness for Donald has just begun, however, when he ends up chopping up his wife and eating her. Soon, he grows an appetite for human flesh and ends up with an appetite for having sex with women (one in a chicken costume), killing them, and eating them for dinner.

Presented in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and an original mono audio (uncompressed PCM), this 2K restoration looks really impressive on Blu-ray disc, especially considering its budget and when it was shot. Also included is a DVD of the film in standard definition with an anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and a lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono track. While it looks fine on standard definition, it doesn't compare to the superior high definition presentation. Still, it is nice to have both versions in one edition.

Special Features include...

- Brand new audio commentary with writer-producer Craig Muckler, moderated by Mike Tristano

- My Microwave Massacre Memoirs - brand new Making-Of featurette including interviews with Muckler, director Wayne Berwick and actor Loren Schein

- Trailer

- Original treatment and 8-page synopsis (BD/DVD-ROM content)

- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Wes Benscoter

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

If you like some offbeat humor, bad horror movies, or on-the-nose comedy, then this 1983 screwball horror/comedy may make you chuckle.

- James Lockhart



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