Peril On The Screen: Thankskilling


thankskilling: gobble gobble

If not for the fantastic addition of Peril on the Screen to the (R)eaders (I)mbibing (P)eril challenge, I might never have had the joy of watching Thankskilling.

Imagine, if you will, a homicidal turkey, an ancient curse, and college students who each fit into their social stratum cliche. Perhaps you are imagining a hot mess. Yes, you are right.

I will not lie, as I was adding movies to my Netflix instant queue, I thought the campier the better. As I have no trouble mercilessly mocking a movie, I am an MST3K fan, after all (Crow <3).

So what, pray tell are my thoughts on this movie?

For one thing, the very first thing you see is boobs. I know, I know, I know. I am an adult, these things should not faze me. I should be used to nakey times, as I went through the joys of state college. NOPE. I practically spit out my wine. Then, of course, I called my boyfriend in the room. BTW, boobsie gets slayed first, with a rather sexist quip, which I won’t repeat here. Then we are treated to the joy of a super long opening credits scene.

A group of college students decide to drive home for Thanksgiving break. Along the way they wind up in some cursed town. Some curse raises the homicidal turkey after 505 years. The turkey then proceeds to kill people.

The acting was fairly terrible, but oh so funny. I mean, I laughed through the entire movie, and I watched it sober. Now, imagine how funny it would have been after taking a shot for every time the redneck kid did something red neck, or every time the ‘slut’ did something ‘slutty’. Or if I had taken a sip for every time I questioned why the actors weren’t wearing make up or their clothing choice. There are some genuinely funny moments in this, but on the level of someone who laughs at stupid things, which yes, that is me. Hello, 12 year old humor right here. For instance, there is one line which my boyfriend and I continually giggle at after watching the movie, ‘we gotta kill that cock-blocking turkey.’ I know, it’s sort of funny out of context. OH oh oh, and these kids are SO TSTL, that like, there is a scene where the turkey kills someone and is then wearing that person’s face AND the kids assume the turkey is that person. OH MY GOD. I mean, that was definitely on purpose and I think there to get laughs. But still, ahhh, my brain, it hurts.

However, this movie is only one hour and five minutes. The turkey is probably on screen for like 20 minutes, which obvi are the best 20 minutes of the entire movie. If you have a 40 oz or a six pack of beer, then this is totally a great movie for you to watch. As, I can imagine the LOLz will come much more easily.

Here is where you can watch Thankskilling — IF you have Netflix.

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About April (Books&Wine)

April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. Glad you liked ThanksKilling. Funny, there are 2 kinds of people that comment on it. Ones who 'get it' and ones that don't.

    You 'get it' no doubt. It was great fun to make and to watch it become a cult classic.

    Chuck 'Dead Body Guy' Lamb
    Sheriff Roud
    twitter: @deadactor

  2. OH!!! I forgot to tell you something that most people don't know. It's about the opening scene with the boobs.

    Since the movie was made in eleven days and $3500 total, the guys making it was worried it might get a 'PG' rating if anyone ever bought the movie.

    So……. to make sure it would get an 'R' rating, they put boobs in the movie. the film was never rated, but they left the boobs in any way.

    Now you know how the rest of the story.


  3. It's movies like these that make horror movies my favourites. Sadly, I can't really watch them in threatres anymore becasue I disturb the other patrons with my laughter. Seriously. Watching Black Christmas (the remake) almost got me thrown out of the theatre…
    I don't have Netflix, but if I ever see this in a $5 bin somewhere I'll have to be sure to buy it. If only to witness the cock-blocking line for myself. As is, it still made me laugh out loud just reading it.

  4. Okay, I have never heard of this before….

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