January 3rd, 2009



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A homicidal turkey axes off college kids during Thanksgiving break.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 4.0/10 (1,149 voted)

Director: Jordan Downey

Stars: Wanda Lust, Natasha Cordova, Lindsey Anderson

A homicidal turkey axes off college kids during Thanksgiving break.

Writers: Jordan Downey, Kevin Stewart

Wanda Lust - Naked Pilgrim
Natasha Cordova - Ali
Lindsey Anderson - Kristen (The Good Girl)
Lance Predmore - Johnny (The Jock)
Aaron Ringhiser-Carlson - Billy (The Hick)
Ryan E. Francis - Darren (The Nerd)
General Bastard - Oscar the Hermit
Chuck Lamb - Sheriff Roud
Pat Love - Sheryl the Stepmom
Steve Steinmetz - Man in Car
Jessica Rees - Johnny's Mom
Terry Reagan - Johnny's Dad
Jeff Heim - Man Saying Prayer
Kaylah - Child
Caleb Downey - Kid with Turkey Hat

Taglines: Gobble, Gobble, Motherfucker!


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Release Date: 3 Jan 2009

Filming Locations: Heath, Ohio, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $3,500 (estimated)

Technical Specs

Runtime: USA: (approx.)

Did You Know?

Ryan E. Francis who plays Darren in the movie, is the drummer for the band Overated. One of Overated's songs can be heard on the radio when the kids are in the Jeep.

Revealing mistakes: After the demonic turkey steals the car early in the film, it is clear in the next shot that the driver behind the wheel is human and wearing a seat belt as opposed to the demonic turkey driver one should expect.

The Killer Turkey: You just got stuffed!

User Review

A deeply moving and finely crafted work of art

Rating: 10/10

Every so often, a film comes along that changes the traditional limitations, boundaries and possibilities of the cinematic art form. Films that change our perception of what can be achieved through cinema and eternally raise the bar for the medium as a whole. Films that move us and challenge us on both personal and intellectual levels. Citizen Kane. The Godfather. The Dark Knight. Now, Thankskilling has joined that exalted pantheon.

I could write a substantial volume about the sheer brilliance on display here, and I hope that somebody does attempt such a task. However, for the sake of brevity, I will merely discuss one scene that serves as an effective microcosm of the broader thematic undercurrents that run through the film. In the aforementioned scene, the turkey hitches a ride. As a subtle nod to our society's diminishing consciousness and rising philosophical apathy, the driver doesn't even question the presence of a talking turkey with a shotgun. Tragically, the man's unperceptive nature allows the turkey to shoot him and steal his car. This is truly a striking and disturbing commentary on modern society's intellectual shortcomings.

Suffice it to say, this masterpiece of sociological analysis is rife with scenes such as this one. You owe it to yourself to see this eye- opening and introspective work.


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