How a Real Dinner Party Inspired a Food Horror Movie Starring Anya Taylor-Joy and Nicholas Hoult

Lavish delicacies worth hundreds of dollars aren’t the only things served in The menua food-comedy-horror-satire-thriller coming with a serrated steak knife to grind with the super-rich who regularly ingest critically endangered species in order to flaunt their financial elitism.

Directed by Mark Mylod (a veteran of game of thrones and Succession), movie stars Anya Taylor-Joy (Last night in Soho) and Nicolas Hoult (Renfield) as a well-to-do couple who travel to a remote island in order to enjoy a very exclusive – not to say expensive – dinner served by the enigmatic foodie and control freak, Slowik (The king’s manby Ralph Fiennes). As dishes are rolled out, one by one, deep-pocketed foodie diners slowly learn that the chef and his kitchen staff do more than just satiate refined palettes. In fact, it looks like the slow-roasted man could be the centerpiece of the whole feast.

The idea came from an experience [the film’s co-writer] Will Tracy had in Norway,” said Mylod Empire for the October 2022 issue of the magazine. “He was in a gluttonous phase, looking for the best restaurants in the world, and he was told to go to that dock and ‘wait for instructions’. They had paid all that money, so they just trusted to the experience.” Mylod didn’t go into detail, but it’s obvious that Tracy came out alive from the dining experience to pen the semi-autobiographical script with Seth Reiss.

“I’m fascinated by the idea of ​​extreme privilege and how it perverts humanity,” the director explained. “So while the film is comedic, there are also elements of thriller and horror. I like things that you can’t easily fit in one box.” He later adds that the film deals with “the strange need we have for things that are more and more exclusive: this idea of ​​a VIP lounge in the VIP room. In the world of high-end molecular cuisine, this concept has reached extraordinary levels.”

Hong Chau (watchmen), Janet McTeer (ozark), Judith Light (American Horror Stories), Reed Birney (The hunt), Paul Adelstein (True story), Aimée Carrero (Blind spot), Arthur Castro (Bushwick), Mark St Syr (High School Musical: The Musical – The Series), Rob Yang (Succession), and John Leguizamo (Encanto) make up the supporting cast.

Adam McKay – the comedy maestro turned Oscar-winning filmmaker behind socially responsible titles like The big court, Viceand Don’t look up – produced the film. Betsy Koch is a co-producer.

Searchlight Pictures will serve The menu in theaters Friday, November 18.

Looking for more horror movies that will send shivers down your spine and chill your blood? You can currently catch Scott Derrickson’s Firestarter and The Black Phone on Peacock. Jordan Peele’s NOPE is currently streaming on the big screen or available to rent on VOD.