We’ve all had those days, sometimes even weeks, when straightening up our living spaces just doesn’t rate high on the old to-do list, until something happens that makes it absolutely necessary. Jackie (Savannah Zito), the protagonist of writer/director Jessica Salgado’s creature feature short It Came from the Kitchen!, is having an especially hard time with this as she is dealing with depression.
Jackie orders some Chinese food delivery but is disappointed to find that no utensils were included. This forces her to go into her disaster of a kitchen, where she comes face-to-face with an oversized menace, with loads of regular-sized pests in tow. People suffering from entomophobia, beware!
Salgado delivers an amusing monster movie that uses low-budget practical effects — you can see wires being used in one scene, which only adds to the charm of the short to this old-school-loving monster kid — as well as a few real critters, as well. Also impressive regarding the short’s visuals is the amazing set design work. Jackie’s apartment is a dump, and it must have been no easy feat doing the set decoration for that, nor for the clean-up after shooting the short. Zito does a solid job as Jackie, and her character is written as highly relatable.
It Came from the Kitchen! is a highly entertaining seven-and-a-half-minutes ride. The short is available to watch now at the link below.(3.5 / 5)
It Came from the Kitchen! screened as part of Final Girls Berlin Film Fest, which ran February 3–6.