|Wanted: for a fowl mouth|
The star of this movie is a fowl-mouthed, homicidal, hand puppet turkey with a penchant for bad puns that rival Arnold Schwarzenegger's lines as Mr. Freeze in Batman & Robin. That should give you some indication of where to set the bar for your expectations.
Despite the fact that Turkie (voiced by writer/director Jordan Downey) is made of rubber, it gives one of the better performances in the movie when you compare it to the wooden acting of the two actresses/non actresses playing the college girls, Ali and Kristen. The guys do a slightly better job with one of them overdoing it as Ryan Francis overacts the hell out of his character, Darren the nerd.
What makes this movie really worth the watch is the interaction between Turkie and Sheriff Roud, who is played by Chuck Lamb aka Dead Body Guy. One scene that takes place in the kitchen of the sheriff's house will have you laughing at the ridiculousness of the situation as Sheriff Roud is fooled by Turkie's cheap disguise. The banter between Turkie and the sheriff is priceless. Lamb steals the movie in my opinion. This scenario is repeated when Turkie "borrows" the sheriff's face-mask and unconvincingly impersonates him yet fools Kristen and her friends into believing he's Sheriff Roud. It's so preposterous, I couldn't help but laugh.
This movie was made with an extremely low budget ($3,500) and it shows. Don't expect any great special effects, elaborate sets or even adequate lighting or makeup. I don't even think any of the actors got paid. Despite its minuscule budget, it does manage to succeed in some areas and was able to make me laugh several times. For what its worth, I enjoyed it for the most part.
So if you're looking for something different to watch during the Thanksgiving holiday, skip your umpteeth viewing of Planes, Trains and Automobiles and have yourself a nice big helping of Turkie in ThanksKilling. Watch it on Hulu or popcornflix.com