Thursday, November 27, 2014


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If you like your movies with tongue-in-beak humour, then ThanksKilling is the one for you. If you are not a fan of intentionally-bad movies or ones that are self-aware, you might want to skip this dinner.

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

The ThanksKilling theme song by Kajmir Royale is one of the best things in the movie. It actually sounds like it could have been written for a serious horror movie, minus the gobbling turkeys in the background. Listen to it and tell me that's not a solid jam.

All the characters in ThanksKilling are obvious stereotypes, something that horror movies are known for. Among the friends, there's Kristen the good girl, Johnny the jock, Billy the redneck, Darren the nerd and Ali the slut. Throw in an incompetent sheriff, a creepy hermit and a lovable pet and you have a recipe for a horror movie.

Kristen (the good girl)
Johnny (the jock)
Billy (the redneck)
Darren (the nerd)

Ali (the slut)
The Sheriff

Flashy (the dog)

Oscar (the hermit)

Maximum Threshold Interview

Ryan Francis gave this fantastic interview in which he talks about ThanksKilling and its sequel among other things.

He answers questions about how he became involved with the movie, bloopers, an upcoming movie he's in, his reaction to the cult status of ThanksKilling, the DVD commentary, talking to fans on Skype, his acting experience and Chuck "Dead Body Guy" Lamb,

You can follow Ryan on Twitter @RyanFrancisTK

ThanksKilling fans wanted seconds so the writer and director served up a sequel. Mysteriously, the second part was lost so they made ThanksKilling 3 to satisfy their hunger.

In order to get ThanksKilling 3 made, Turkie turned to Kickstarter to raise money.  They ended up raising over $100, 000. Does that mean it's better than the first movie? Don't ask me, I haven't seen it. Based on the trailer alone, it looks like they went in another direction, that is, the wrong direction. I don't know. You tell me.

ThanksKilling 3 Brown Band Trailer

Turkie's very first line in ThanksKilling.

Chuck Lamb is interviewed on NBC News

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