Here’s the problem with a title like “Thanksgiving Horror Movies that you need to see this holiday season”….
There aren’t enough Thanksgiving horror movies to make a list. As a matter of fact there’s only one Thanksgiving inspired horror movie available, but there are (hopefully) two more on the way.
ThanksKilling is, at the current time, the only horror film that revolves around everyone’s favorite Turkey-eating, Pilgrim spawned holiday.
2009’s ThanksKilling follows a foul-mouthed homicidal turkey who’s killing off college students during the Thanksgiving holiday break. It’s a low budget movie that was as wrought with misfortune as Jaws was back in the 1970s. The film was made for a whopping $3,500, and was shot over an 11-day period. Casting was done in a garage, distribution for the film was dangled in front of the filmmakers several times before they were finally able to secure distribution and the turkey puppet fell apart by the end of production. When it was all said and done, director Jordan Downey and writers (along with Downey) Bradly Schulz, Kevin Stewart, Anthony Wilson and Grant Yaffee ended up with a horror comedy worthy of being mentioned alongside other great horror comedies including Student Bodies. If you’ve not seen ThanksKilling, then by all means be sure to watch it this Thanksgiving when Grandma Mary, Grandpa Joe, cousins Jimmy & Sally and the rest of the clan are over to engorge themselves on all those delicious holiday goodies.
Once the credits have rolled on ThanksKilling you’ll undoubtedly be left wanting more killer turkeys but fear not, as there’s a sequel in the works. Little has been revealed about the sequel but you can almost assuredly expect to see more Turkey on human violence than should be legal so stay tuned for more information on ThanksKilling Sequel.
One other Gobble Day movie that’s (maybe?) in the works in one that fans have eagerly, or perhaps not so eagerly, awaited comes from a faux trailer that was seen in 2007’s Grindhouse, the twin grindhouse homages Planet Terror and Death Proof, from filmmakers Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez. In between the two features, both of which paid homage to the grindhouse films of the 1960s and 1970s, a series of trailers for movies that don’t, or didn’t at the time, even exist were shown. Of these faux trailers, 2 have already become feature films, Machete from Rodriguez, and Hobo With A Shotgun from Canadian filmmaker Jason Eisener have already wowed audiences. For many, Machete wowed them because they learned just how disasterous a film can become when you take the idea of a grindhouse, over-the-top violence-fest and infuse it with an off-based and ridiculous political argument. As for Hobo, fans were wowed by the sheer awesomeness of Eisener’s film, not only because it was his first widley released feature, but also simply because it was exactly what a grindhouse film is supposed to be. It was violent, over-the-top and unapologeticly crazed. Robert Rodriguez was schooled by Mr. Eisener. These two films, both of which started out life as little more than a faux trailer, are soon to be joined by a third film. Or so reports say.
Thanksgiving was the faux trailer by Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Hostel) which also ran during the Grindhouse double feature. A little over a year ago, Roth made the following statement, about the project, to Cinemablend:
I’ve been working on the script with my co-writer, Jeff Rendell, who plays the pilgrim in the trailer. And it’s me imitating Jeff’s voice [for the narration]. But Jeff has been working. I said that his deal is he has to work on the script while I’m promoting The Last Exorcism, and as soon as I’m done in mid-September he’s going to fly to California, we’re going to sit down, and bang out the script.
Will Thanksgiving ever come to fruition? Nothing’s sure in the business of movie making but we can sure as hell hope so.
Since there’s only one true Thanksgiving-inspired horror film out there, be sure to check out Netflix, Amazon or Ebay and get yourself a copy of ThanksKilling for this holiday season…or the killer Turkey will have YOU for Thanksgiving dinner, not the other way around!