Woodchipper Massacre (1988)

Woodchipper Massacre (1988) screen capture

director Jon McBride
viewed: 11/01/2016

I’m kind of new to the whole uptick in shot-on-video horror flicks, even though I have the street cred to say that I appeared (albeit extremely briefly in one – Twisted Issues (1988)).  But like others I’m finding the DIY oddities that arose in the 1980’s (and have arguably been carrying on until video quality eventually evened the playing field) are as interesting for their oddities, amateurity, obscurity, and also at times pure crapness.

Case in point of crapness: Jon McBride’s Woodchipper Massacre, which sounds like it’s going to be a lot more bloody than it even comes close to being.  Really, it might be best described as the John Hughes of shot-on-video horror because it’s much less horror and a lot more amateur comedy hour.

Unlike a lot of others, I thought that Denice Edeal and Tom Casiello as the younger sister and brother had some authentic charm in their unfailing geekiness.  McBride stars as the eldest of three kids who wind up killing their aunt and cousin and eventually woodchipping their bodies, before scurrying Risky Business (1983) or Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) style to finish cleaning up the yard before their father gets home.

This was neither McBride’s first shot-on-video horror rodeo nor his last.  I don’t know what else to say about that.

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