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(2009)

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ThanksKilling was shot during the summer break between Kevin Stewart and Jordan Downey's junior and senior year of college.
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The central tagline, "Gobble, Gobble, Motherf***er!" came before their was even a plot for ThanksKilling.
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Shot in 11 days.
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The creators also copyrighted the title Death Turkey as a potential title for an overseas release as most countries are not going to celebrate Thanksgiving.
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There were no deleted scenes in ThanksKilling. The only scene shot that did not end up in the final film was a flashback dream scene completely improved on set where Darren runs through a cornfield.
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Before deciding on ThanksKilling, creators Kevin Stewart and Jordan Downey tossed around another idea for a holiday slasher set during Easter, entitled "Eggstravakill".
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The original puppet for Turkie was designed and built by director Jordan Downey. He sculpted and built most of the puppet in the bathroom of his apartment at the time.
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The title card, "To be continued in space...", was placed there as a complete joke, with no intention of any sequels.
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Auditions were held in director Jordan Downey's garage.
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While writing the script, and even through filming, creators Kevin Stewart and Jordan Downey always tried to come up with a name for the killer turkey, but nothing ever stuck. In the end, they simply referred to him as "turkey" in the film. In 2012 while raising funds for the sequel, they again wanted to find a proper name for the character. They finally settled on simply "Turkie".
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The opening scene was originally written and planned to be much more extravagant involving an entire Native American and Pilgrim dinner scene. Time and money quickly ran out and the scene was never shot.
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Only the original hero head of the turkey puppet remains. The rest of the body and additional heads were destroyed in the making of the film. The original mold has since been destroyed as well.
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Ryan E. Francis who plays Darren in the movie, is the drummer for the band Overated. One of Overated's songs can be heard on the radio when the kids are in the Jeep.
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The feet or lower half of the turkey are never seen in the movie.
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The turkey puppet was built primarily of leftover special effects supplies. The body was a foam turkey hunting decoy.
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Although commonly mistaken, the proper title treatment is "ThanksKilling". All one word with a capital "K".
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The first public screening for ThanksKilling was at the Merry Scary Winter Horrorland festival, part of the Sacramento Horror Fest.
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Lindsey Anderson, who plays Kristen, came at the recommendation of Ryan E. Francis. The filmmakers first met her in a donut shop to discuss the movie only days prior to shooting.
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The film is unrated because the filmmakers could not afford a rating.
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At first no one wanted to distribute the film so the filmmakers sold the DVD on Amazon themselves. It took a year to sell 1000 copies.
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Upon its initial release on the Playstation store, ThanksKilling was a top download, beating out many studio films.
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The infamous opening scene with Wanda Lust was shot without a permit in a public park.
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General Bastard drove from Michigan to film his part over a few days.
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Troy Smith's budget for the special effects was only a few hundred dollars.
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