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Under the Radar DVD of the Week: 'ThanksKilling'

Dennis King Published: November 21, 2011

This week, the oddest DVD to appear on release lists is:


Just in time for Thanksgiving, a profane, ax-wielding turkey takes its revenge in the loony, micro-budgeted horror spoof “ThanksKilling,” due out on DVD Tuesday.

This bizarre 2009 comedy was reportedly made for less than $3,000 by then-college students Jordan Downey and Kevin Stewart, and it wears its handmade, lowbrow, tongue-in-cheek origins on its sleeve. It’s filled with clunky performances, cheeky profanity, sophomoric dialogue, a tacky and rubbery puppet villain and a crack-brained concept that plays heavily into the so-bad-it’s-good school of filmmaking.

After opening with a racy scene of a topless pilgrim lass being chased down and axed by a homicidal turkey (a latex puppety thing seen only in glancing close-ups), the story leaps ahead to a contemporary rural setting where a stereotypical gaggle of college kids (the jock, the slut, the fat redneck, the nerd and the prissy miss) are headed home for Thanksgiving break.

When their Jeep breaks down in the country and their rascally dog urinates on a makeshift totem planted in the ground, the murderous gobbler from the opening sequence is brought back to life. Soon enough, this “fowl” beast is running rampant, firing off corny blue wisecracks and dispatching the fleeing college kids in graphic and unappetizing ways.

It’s all just nutty enough to win a few laughs and just amateurish enough to appeal to that odd subset of film fans who find the rank and raw snarkiness of Troma films a feast of geeky entertainment.

“ThanksKilling” is not rated and runs 66 minutes. It’s being released by Music Video Distributors.

- Dennis King


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