I hope everybody had a great Thanksgiving last week and that none of you or your family or friends were mauled viciously by a ax wielding, killer demonic turkey…no? Good because that would seriously suck. A week before turkey day I receive an e-mail from my brother who simply wrote, “How have you not found this before?” with a link to a movie called ThanksKilling. To be honest, I have heard of this movie before but for some odd reason found myself avoiding it, but to tell the truth I had made plans to watch it for this very holiday and for this very review so it seems like the stars were aligned or something like that. So I emailed Jim (my brother) back and told him not to tell me anything about it. Of course sometimes telling my brother not to do something is like telling a dog not to hump strangers.
Before I begin my synopsis of the film, I will let my brother introduce it with some facts and first impressions that he sent me.
(Jim) – “When I first heard about ThanksKilling, it was one of those surreal moments when I knew, before even seeing it that would be the best Thanksgiving movie ever! Was I right? Absolutely! #1. It was made for $3,500 – yes that was the actual budget for this movie. #2. The movie was only 66 minutes long, in other words perfect! And #3. Porn star Wanda Lust has a cameo in this, which means, (guys), you get to see her (you know whats) within the first 5 seconds of the film.”
Back to me and to the plot, Ok Moments after the first Thanksgiving, a bare-breasted female pilgrim is being chased by a demonic killer turkey. Cut to modern day Massachusetts, though it feels more like California since the Character are all wearing shorts and late decide to go camping – how many of you out there would have went camping last Thursday???, where a local college is out for their turkey gobbling break – sort of like spring break but much lamer. We have the jock, who’s father doesn’t talk to him because he is only the second string quarterback – yes shame, we also have the good old girl, the fat guys, the slut and the nerd. People, who in real life ,would NEVER EVER hang out together ( except for maybe the jock and the slut). Well their jeep breaks down so they decide to camp and party. Meanwhile some weird kook’s dog named Flashy accidently urinates on a mini totem and unleashes the fowled mouth, ax wielding killer turkey. Anyway the kids party and encounter the turkey somewhat awkwardly and then go their separate ways. The turkey goes on a mission to hunt them down, sometime wearing a funny disguise and always ready with a great one-liner. The crew needs to find a book about killer turkeys so they can kill the killer turkey, but the library’s closed and time is running out. Gobble Gobble!
(Jim) - This movie is not really a true “horror” movie, although there is plenty of gore to see. In my opinion, it’s a well done comedy spoof that pokes fun at the horror holiday, slasher genre. It’s friggin hilarious with many laugh out loud moments, great one-liners and cheesy effects. ThanksKilling is an instant cult classic which will be to Thanksgiving what “It’s a Wonderful Life) is to Christmas.
Back to me again. Maybe Jim could be stretching it a bit, but thismovie is way better than Silent Night Deadly Night or the countless other Holiday horror films that failed. I couldn’t make a better Thanksgiving film if I tried. Scenes were so ridiculous that I found myself nonstop laughing at times. I.e. The turkey gets picked up hitchhiking by a perverted driver that ends gloriously, or the sex scene with his extra small gravy flavored condoms, or the jock being more upset that there be no more stuffing and no more cranberry sauce than the fact the his parents were brutally slaughtered by the turkey, or the scene where the turkey wears a human face as a mask and nobody notices that it’s the turkey and so on and so on and so on.
(Jim) - With a $3,500 budget, you would think that it would be a train wreck. NOT TRUE! It comes off as a well put together movie. Effects are actually decent and the editing is smart and sharp. The story line is off the wall and overall ridiculous but you will love it anyway. I found myself rooting for the turkey and when it was over, I wanted to watch it again (is that sick?)
Back to me finally! Ha, before I returned it to Netflix, I had watched this film 4 times; well one was the commentary but still. I mean it was only an hour long. I agree with Jimmy, although ThanksKilling comes from a low low budget, it still comes off better than many big money films and just about all Sci-Fi channel films, well not Sharknado but everything else. The turkey is essentially a bad puppet which kind of reminds me of a cross between ALF and Andrew Dice Clay. The blood scenes were a plentiful and creative. There is not much not to like about this movie. But it’s not for everyone though, I mean if your rather intelligent and are prone to ask questions and/or find masterpiece theater to be your cup of tea, then you probably should pass. But if you can shut off the part of your mind that , no just shut the whole thing down and enjoy an entertaining movie for what it was meant to be..Entertaining.
I give this turkey a 2.5 guy out of 3 and declare this a instant holiday classic for everybody (as long as you’re over 18).