Maniacal Chefs, Guests Behaving Badly and More to Expect in The Menu

IDK Concepts, Pleasant Hill, California
Photo: Eric Zachanowich

When I first saw the trailer for “The Menu,” I did not have high hopes. The movie appeared to have all of the hallmarks of a modern horror flick—rapid quick cuts of dark, claustrophobic scenes set over a soundtrack of detuned violins and oboes. Guests are seen panicking, fleeing, and filled with dread as a chorus of “Yes, chef!” repeats over and over. To me it looked so overly serious, like someone who was...