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29 October 2022

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

So we're pleased to present the 472nd in our series of Saturday matinees today: The Pizza King.

"I'm just gonna order a pizza and watch some TV," the dutiful daughter tells her protective father, who is leaving her along to take her mother to a Halloween party for the evening. What could go wrong?

This 6:41 short written and directed by Chris Jackson shows you what.

It starts with the pizza order from Pizza King, naturally. The chef has just killed himself after failing to keep up with the 15-minutes-or-free offer. The tearful woman answering the phone suddenly recognizes the phone number. "This is all your fault!" she tells the daughter.

"I just want free pizza," the daughter observes to her empty room after she hangs up. Is that a crime?

"Now what?"

The browser on her laptop pops up with a free pizza game. "Awesome!" she exclaims.

All she has to do is find a pizza hidden in a "naughty place" in the game. She gets three tries. "This is so dumb," she smiles.

Oddly enough, though, the game's cartoon room in which the pizza is hidden actually portrays details of her own room. "That's a little freaky," she admits.

And it gets freakier, let us warn you, as the pizza place gets revenge on the girl who scored 53 free pizzas because the traffic is too heavy to make the trip in 15 minutes. "That's a poor business model," she argues. But that doesn't save her.

Maybe order Chinese this Halloween.

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