After a sudden underwater tremor sets free scores of the prehistoric man-eating fish, an unlikely group of strangers must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the area's new razor-toothed residents.
When a serial killer interrupts the fun at the swanky Coconut Pete's Coconut Beach Resort -- a hedonistic island paradise for swingers --- it's up to the club's staff to stop the violence ... or at least hide it!
Before deciding on ThanksKilling, creators Kevin Stewart and Jordan Downey tossed around another idea for a holiday slasher set during Easter, entitled "Eggstravakill". See more »
The sheriff is sitting at the table with the killer turkey wearing a turkey costume for the annual ball. The turkey kills the sheriff and when it shows him hiding the sheriff's body, the sheriff isn't wearing the costume. See more »
The Killer Turkey:
It almost did, but it didn't.
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I started watching ThanksKilling thinking that it was going to be yet another one of those movies I would "endure" to actually say that I'd seen it. The title was cheesy, the tagline was enjoyably crude and the thing appeared to have a budget that could barely afford to show off the word "budget" in neon lights.
Surprisingly, I found myself really warming to the film within the first few moments (which, admittedly, features some totally gratuitous nudity and the introduction of the crazy killer turkey without caring to acclimatise the viewer to the situation). We then go on to meet an assortment of potential victims and watch for the next hour as the turkey tries to kill them all while they spout increasingly hilarious dialogue and learn what they have to do to fight back.
It's at times like this that I curse my poor memory and also my lack of note-taking because ThanksKilling had some absolute gems buried in the script that made me spit out my snacks, I laughed so hard. The acting may not be the best but everyone goes through the motions with great gusto and, let's face it, you're never going to convince Cate Blanchett that she needs to find that special place that will help her act out being "stuffed" by a turkey. Yes, that is as equally disturbing and hilarious as you may think it is.
I definitely rank this film up there with many of the efforts from Troma and I also think it sits nicely beside Cannibal! The Musical with it's irreverence, attempted nastiness and constant sense of fun from beginning to end. Sadly, the many obstacles in the way stop Jordan Downey (who directed and co-wrote the film) from making something that will ever be classed as anything more than a slight joke of a slight film (it runs for little over an hour) but when the joke is this funny I tip my hat to the guy.
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