Directed by: Denman Hatch
Written by: Denman Hatch
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Make Me A Sandwich
All Marcy (Anne Shepherd) wants is to spend her time knitting and trying to relax, and it's impossible for one single reason. Her husband (Peter Hodgins) seems to want no part of her plan. Other than sitting in front of the TV all hours, his favorite thing to do is scream at her. In particular, he always wants her to make him a sandwich and doesn't really care what's in it. All day long, yelling, screaming and abusing; the man wants his food and eventually, Marcy reaches her tipping point. She begins adding things to his food such as dish soap, and abusive husband doesn't seem to care. How far will she go to teach him a lesson?
Denman Hatch's really short film is quite good, enough to make me bookmark the Deformed Lunchbox YouTube channel to check out some of the other works offered up. The channel is a bunch of really short films, and if all are as good as this one any horror lover should follow suit. Make Me A Sandwich far exceeded my expectations in almost every way. I went in expecting at best a ho-hum short film, and ended up with a great few minutes of entertainment.
It's tough writing on a title that is so quick, without giving away all those juicy story elements. With a length of around 3 minutes, it doesn't seem much can be accomplished. Hatch's film manages quite well however, with a standard start, finish and ending filled with some horrific ideas. From the abusive husband straight to the seemingly sad abused elder lady and all manners of gross in between. It's all a blink and you'll miss it experience that's just as silly-fun in concept as it is a genre film. You don't want to blink, you don't want to miss it that's for sure.
I'm a little disappointed with myself for handing out a rating of 4 stars to a title under 3 minutes. Especially with independent low budget titles, I believe a stiffer, more honest approach to reviewing is critical for the growth of a filmmaker. But I can't see any way a lower rating would be an honest reflection of my thoughts on this short movie. So in short, watch for this title and check it out when you can. In the meantime, there's no reason to believe this was a one-off in terms of quality so do what I'm going to do; check out their other short movies. Thank you for reading.