It’s been ten years since ThanksKilling was unleashed upon the world and it is still one of the most outrageous horror comedies we’ve ever seen.
Shot on a reported budget of $3500, ThanksKilling caught audience attention almost immediately with its wisecracking killer turkey and its over the top kills. For most, we weren’t entirely sure what we were even watching.
So, here’s the story: After a seriously crazy opening kill involving Wanda Lust as a Naked Pilgrim–that’s actually how she’s listed in the credits–back in 1621, we flash forward a few hundred years to find a carload of stereotypes coming home to visit family for the Thanksgiving break.
When they’re forced to camp out overnight, nerdy Darren tells the group the story of a Native American shaman who put a curse on a deranged pilgrim invoking Turkie, a psychopathic turkey who will rise every 505 years to kill every single Caucasian he can get his beak on.
Elsewhere, a dog pisses on a totem pole, which enrages Turkie and sets him free way before he was scheduled.
Murder, mayhem, and bad puns ensue, and actually gave us exactly what we were expecting from a film titled ThanksKilling.
Director Jordan Downey, who also voices Turkie, and his cast and crew turned everything up to eleven garnering reviews and mentions that called it “entertainingly terrible” and “cheerfully awful” to which I’ll add my own “delightfully raunchy.”
Since its release, ThanksKilling has spawned a sequel titled ThanksKilling 3 which involves Turkie looking for the final copy of ThanksKilling 2, and even a musical stage adaptation which premiered in Seattle in 2013.
With everyone on Facebook these days talking about the 10 year challenge, this one definitely stands up. It is no more or less than what it was intended to be: a madcap, incomprehensible, irreverent mess of a good time.
What’s more, you can watch it free right now on Amazon Prime, Vudu, and TubiTV.