ThanksKilling (2008)

Movie Title: ThanksKilling

Year Released: 2008

Rated: R

Runtime: 1h 10min

Genre: Horror, Comedy

Director: Jordan Downey

Writer: Brad Schulz, Tony Wilson, Grant Yaffee, Kevin Stewart, Jordan Downey

Starring: Lindsey Anderson, Lance Predmore, Ryan Francis, Aaron Carlson, Natasha Cordova, Chuck Lamb, General Bastard, Wanda Lust, Jordan Downey

Review: A possessed turkey (Jordan Downey) terrorizes five college students during Thanksgiving break.

Where do I even begin with ThanksKilling? Judging by the film's title and movie poster, one may assume that this movie is a pile of garbage. That person would be correct, but dare I say, it's a hilarious pile of garbage. Chalk this one up to the category of films where the acting and premise are so deranged that it's actually incredibly entertaining.

For starters, you have a crew of cliché college students, getting stalked by a turkey with quite the potty mouth. That's right! There's a murderous Thanksgiving turkey on the loose, and he talks! Delivering one-liner after one-liner, Turkie (yep, that's actually his name), raises hell all over town. I'd give examples, but honestly some of Turkie's shenanigans are so absurd that they need to be seen to be believed. The college kids who Turkie stalks are each representative of a typical demographic of student. A jock, a ditzy popular girl, a nerd, a redneck, and a goody two-shoes are all attempting to elude Turkie's talonous grasp in this dim-witted, outrageous comedy that isn't the slightest bit scary. Truthfully none of this matters, as you will either love this movie or completely despise it. Everything about this film is amateurish at best, but Turkie's quips, and the ridiculous dialogue shared by the cast is enough to keep you entertained. Once you think the absurdity can't be topped, you'll probably be proven wrong. With a runtime of slightly over an hour, this film flies off the rails quickly and maintains a pretty quick pace until the end. With that said, even the most skeptical of viewers should give this a shot without hating me too much for potentially wasting their time.

Prepare to be amazed. In a bad way. Or a good way depending on how you look at it. Turkie is one foul-mouthed fowl who is on the prowl!

Stars (out of 4):

Fun Fact: The title card "To be continued in space..." was placed in the movie as a complete joke, with no intention of any sequels. Nonetheless, a sequel, ThanksKilling 3 (2012), was released three years later. There is no ThanksKilling 2.


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