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ThanksKilling (2009)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Horror, Thriller | 6 December 2008 (USA)
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A homicidal turkey axes off college kids during Thanksgiving break.

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Jordan Downey

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Jordan Downey, Bradly Schulz (additional dialogue) (as Brad Schulz) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wanda Lust Wanda Lust ... Naked Pilgrim
Natasha Cordova Natasha Cordova ... Ali
Lindsey Anderson Lindsey Anderson ... Kristen
Lance Predmore Lance Predmore ... Johnny
Aaron Ringhiser-Carlson Aaron Ringhiser-Carlson ... Billy
Ryan E. Francis ... Darren
General Bastard General Bastard ... Oscar the Hermit
Jake Jake ... Flashy
Chuck Lamb ... Sheriff Roud
Pat Love Pat Love ... Sheryl the Stepmom
Steve Steinmetz Steve Steinmetz ... Man in Car
Jessica Rees Jessica Rees ... Johnny's Mom
Terry Reagan Terry Reagan ... Johnny's Dad
Kevin Stewart ... Ali's Boyfriend
Jeff Heim Jeff Heim ... Man Saying Prayer
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A homicidal turkey axes off college kids during Thanksgiving break.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 December 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

День убиения See more »

Filming Locations:

Granville, Ohio, USA See more »

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$3,500 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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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". See more »

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The film takes place in New England at Thanksgiving time. The characters are walking around in shorts and short sleeved shirts. If the filmmakers had spent any time in New England in November, they would know that it's way too cold to walk around in shorts and short-sleeved shirts. See more »

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The Killer Turkey: It almost did, but it didn't.
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Referenced in Killer Piñata (2015) See more »

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Bad 80's Ballad
Written by Peter John Ross
Performed by Peter John Ross
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15 January 2011 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

ThanksKilling (2009)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

This horror-comedy starts off in 1621 as a turkey gets fed up and kills a big-breasted Pilgrim with an ax. Flash to current times as five friends (football star, good girl, fat drunk, nerd, slut) head home for the Thanksgiving weekend and a dog ends up peeing on the killer turkey, which brings him back to life where he wants to kill more white people. If you're watching a film called THANKSKILLING then I really hope you're not expecting the work of Kubrick. This shot-on-video flick was made by a group of friends in Ohio and apparently on a $3,000 budget. Is this a good movie? No. Does it at least show some imagination? Sure it does. The marketing hype behind this film would have you believe that this is in the same mode as a Troma flick but sadly there's not enough exploitation to really fit that. Outside the nudity in the opening sequence that's pretty much it in terms of the T&A. The gore level is also rather low, which certainly isn't a good thing for a movie like this. The attacks are usually off screen and when we do see something it's usually a really poor CGI effect or just someone shooting some fake blood. As you'd expect, the performances certainly aren't Oscar-worthy but at the same time they're better than a lot of the SOV stuff I've seen in my life. Each of the five main performers "fit" their roles just fine. The screenplay never takes itself too seriously and our killer turkey is clearly a puppet but I must admit that he made me laugh a couple times. I think one of the biggest problems is that the turkey is given a voice and it's clear the filmmakers must have been fans of Freddy from A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET because they give him a lot of comedy one-liners and the majority of them fall flat. At 66-minutes the film seems way too long so this thing probably would have been better had it remained a short or the filmmakers kicked up the naughty bits to keep it moving. As it is, the film enters the "Thanksgiving genre" where there's not too much competition, although fans of BLOOD FREAK will probably say they are still the king.


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