Review by Glenn Strange: Lunch Ladies: Horror Served Fresh!
Updated: Jan 29, 2019
Being a lunch lady ain't easy. As a lunch lady you have to deal with everything from bratty high schoolers, to overpaid, power tripping principals. Thankfully, THESE lunch ladies have a ticket out... hopefully. You see, the problem is Melvin High's dictator principal (Chris Fickley) is threatening to kick these lunch ladies to the curb if they don't come up with something good for Surprise Friday AND they've got a freshly dead teenager (Daisy Kershaw) on their hands! What to do?
This hilarious and gory short film directed by J.M. Logan and written/produced by Clarissa Jacobson starring Donna Pieroni and Mary Manofsky as the aforementioned lunch ladies, is beautifully shot, well-acted, wonderfully scored and, above all, original! Really, you’ve got to see this! Everything about this short film rings exciting like a school bell! From the choreographed cafeteria scene, to the preparation of Surprise Friday, which I have no doubt would bring the late great Ted V. Mikels (The Corpse Grinders) to tears, makes this short film a shining example of indie horror at its best.
Director J.M Logan and writer/producer Clarissa Jacobson do a perfect job in weighing the humor and the horror (something many horror comedies struggle with), and Donna Pieroni and Mary Manofsky are perfect as the Depp head, frizzle-haired lunch ladies (excuse me… chefs) just trying to survive!
My only critique for this film is its length. Thankfully, though, this short film is a proof of concept so hopefully we can get served a feature length helping of Lunch Ladies in the future!
Anyway, if you’re looking to revive those flashbacks of past school cafeteria lunches, give this short film a taste! I can promise you it’s much better than anything your school cafeteria ever served!
Glenn Strange (Glenn Tolle) is a cartoonist, writer and collector (primarily of horror) living in Rochester, NY who writes for Morbidly Beautiful. When not writing, drawing, or collecting, Glenn can be found roaming among the stones of various cemeteries, or reading one of his 3,000 books.