By Brett Mullins

Released: 2009

Directed by Jordan Downey

As far as low budget, campy horror-comedies go, it’s difficult to compete in today’s bloated market. ThanksKilling attempts to set itself apart from the cesspool of terrible spoof films and exaggerated, modern B-movies, but only manages to do an okay job.

A deranged, demonic turkey brutally murders pilgrims shortly after the first Thanksgiving. Fast forward five hundred and five years to the year 2126, and the turkey has risen from his slumber to attack once more.

This film has a comical premise and utilizes it quite well. The turkey goes after five college students on their way home for the holidays. These characters are as stereotyped as they could possibly get (in addition to being really stupid). Largely, this is done to spoof the generic characters found throughout the horror genre, specifically in slasher films. The film also features music that spoofs John Carpenter-esque compositions from the early ‘80s; ironically, this was probably the best part of the film.

As silly and crude as ThanksKilling is, being bad, really bad is no longer an original thought. There is only so much satire of this variety that the audience can take, and this film borders on that limit.

Rating: 3/10

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