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Thursday, November 4, 2010


Not Rated

You can watch the trailer here
(Disclaimer: the trailer is uncensored)

The basic definition of a B-horror movie is to make a bad film that's so ridiculous that it's entertaining. The creators of ThanksKilling have done this to perfection.

Let's be honest: if you're actually watching a movie called ThanksKilling, you're not really looking for a Casablanca or a Citizen Kane. You're ready for some poorly-made, ridiculously entertaining fun. If you still want to watch ThanksKilling even after you hear the basics of the plot, then you're definitely going to enjoy it.

In this Jordan Downey-directed venture, we've basically got a group of five college co-eds who encompass the necessary horror film stereotypes: the jock, the whore, the fat guy, the nerd and the good girl. These five apparently all live in the same town, so they decide to drive home for Thanksgiving break together. Along the way, they stumble upon an talking, undead turkey (yes, I said turkey) whose sole purpose is to kill white people (you can't make this stuff up). From there, you can let your imagination run wild about where the film is going to go, but I can tell you this: it's one heck of a ride.

I could go on and on about how poor the screenplay is, or how horrendous the actors are, but I won't. Yes, it's all bad, but in a way, it's brilliant. The actors play their roles so ridiculously that they're almost presenting a caricature of your standard horror stereotypes. In a way, the entire film is taking a stab at horror conventions. And the turkey is one of the most hilariously twisted and amazing characters to ever be brought to life on-screen. I'll be saying his one-liners for weeks.

Honestly, the grade and all-time rank below really mean little. I simply have a strict code for grading movies, and that's how ThanksKilling's grade had to come out. However, this is arguably one of the most entertaining movies I've ever seen, and my pure gut feeling says to give it an "A." It's just one of those films that's so bad, it's good, and it's a purely semantic reason that it receives such a low grade from my system. It's movies like these that make me want to discard the system, or at least tamper with it to make it more fair for films like this. You should definitely watch ThanksKilling if you're into schlock like this. If not, then avoid it at all costs, but you'll definitely be missing out.

Movie Review Summary:
Grade: F
Current All-Time Rank: Worst - #86
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