Thursday, November 21, 2013

Snapping Wishbones: Thanksgiving Horror

Issue #227, 1981.
I remember a 1981 issue of MAD Magazine that mocked the trend of specific holiday horror flicks. It was a boon time for such movies. The success of Friday the 13th and Halloween led to April Fool's Day, My Bloody Valentine, Mother's Day, etc. MAD's spoof was Arbor Day. Surprising, that I know of, no one has ripped off this idea for a gorefest.

Halloween is the biggest holiday for murder sprees. Going to a "haunted house" for a party? Expect the Necronomicon to be in the basement. Going on a hayride? Expect someone wearing a burlap sack over their face to kill you with a fish scaler. Christmas is another huge horror holiday. All you gotta do is dress up like Santa and BOOM! Kill a family of four!

One of the big holidays that has been neglected is Thanksgiving. I searched Wikipedia for Thanksgiving themed horror films. This is what I found minus short films.

  • Home Sweet Home (1981) - An escaped mental patient embarks on a killing spree over Thanksgiving weekend.
  • Blood Rage (1983) - A psychopath goes on a homicidal rampage after the twin brother he framed for murder years earlier escapes on Thanksgiving.
  • Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake Country (1998) -  A family is terrorized by extraterrestrial creatures while celebrating Thanksgiving.
  • Boogeyman (2005) - Around Thanksgiving, a man is stalked by the entity that haunted his childhood.
  • Thankskilling (2009) - A group of students are hunted by a demonic turkey during Thanksgiving break.
  • Thankskilling III (2012) - Fowl-mouthed villain Turkie carves through the likes of a rapping grandma, a mindless puppet, a wig-wearing inventor, a bisexual space worm, and their equally ridiculous friends on his quest to recover the last copy of "ThanksKilling 2"

The best movie on this list is Thankskilling. The revenge seeking, murderous turkey, Turkie, is quite the character.
If you want any chance of horror to help celebrate your mashed potatoes and gravy, Thankskilling is the way to go.

Candy Cane insisted that Poultrygeist should be on this list. Just because a movie features a killer man-fowl does not mean it is Thanksgiving themed. This is the problem with a couple of flicks on the Wiki list. Blood Rage, Alien Abduction, and Boogeyman really have little to do with Thanksgiving.

Home Sweet Home does, in fact, take place during Thanksgiving. Despite a few interesting kills, Home Sweet Home is not a good movie

Perhaps we can look toward 2014 as the banner year for Thanksgiving horror. In 2007 Eli Roth directed a mock trailer for the Grindhouse movie. It was aptly named, Thanksgiving.

With the success of Machete and the desire to make another twisted horror film, Roth has found the means to make a full length film out of the trailer.

for those of you that might be too lazy to seek out the trailer I will link to a youtube version. Just remember that it is definitely Red Band and NSFW.

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