NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 14: (L-R) Nicholas Hoult, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Ralph Fiennes attend "The Menu" New York Premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on November 14, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/WireImage)
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The Most Chilling Moments In The Menu, Ranked
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This story contains spoilers for
"The Menu."
Bread Course
The breadless bread course in "The Menu" is the first moment where the diners of Hawthorn, an exclusive restaurant run on a private island, realize something feels off-kilter. It depicts Chef Julian Slowik's animosity toward his elite guests, who are trapped, making this scene the visual equivalent of a plucked violin string in a James Wan film.
Chef’s way of addressing Margot’s arrival and her dislike for his pompous attitude at dinner is chilling. When Chef confronts Margot in the bathroom, their conversation is one of the film’s many bloodless tête-à-tête moments, as it teases us with the potential of violence in a suggestive, claustrophobic scene.
Katherine's Course
Katherine reveals that Chef sexually harassed her at work, so she stabs Chef below his belt and tells all the male guests to run. The remainder of the scene puts moviegoers in the room with the women who realize everyone will likely die tonight and reminds them never to mess with the people who prepare their food.
Memory Course
When Chef serves tortillas with the faces of his dinner guests laser-printed on them, the audience knows he has something dark up his sleeves. Chef has been researching his guests before killing them, patiently plotting this dinner, which brings a level of terror unseen so far on this list.
Tyler's Course
Tyler is beckoned into the kitchen by his idol and miserably fails at cooking, which feels more comedic than scary. The audience will never know what Chef whispered to him in this scene, but it couldn't have been good as Tyler dies by suicide, making it hard not to wonder if that was Chef's command.