Oct. 30, 2013
I love cheesy, fun horror
films. One thing you should always be able to count on from them is a bit of
nudity. You don’t have long to wait for it in Thankskilling 3. The film opens with a shot of a breast. As the
camera pulls back, we see a female astronaut adrift in space with holes cut out
of her suit for her breasts. She probably wouldn’t last long in that situation
anyway, but soon a turkey in a spaceship shoots her, and she cracks in half
like an asteroid from that 1980s video game. And that’s the opening.
It turns out that is a
scene from Thankskilling 2, and a bit
of voice over tells us: “Legend has it Thankskilling
2 was the worst movie ever made. Only one copy remained, and Turkie would
stop at nothing to get it.” It’s surprising that Morgan Freeman doesn’t do this
narration. The filmmakers must have worked hard to keep that job secret from
We get a very serious,
intense, slow-motion scene of the copies of Thankskilling
2 being destroyed out in the desert. That switches to a sitcom-like scene
(complete with laugh track) of the Turkie family at home celebrating Turkie’s
birthday. It’s deliciously ridiculous. And on Turkie’s television, a breaking
news segment alerts the public that Thankskilling
2 will never be seen (and if that doesn’t seem like breaking news to you,
you don’t live in Los Angeles). That news drives Turkie mad, and he kills his
wife and leaves on a quest to find a copy of Thankskilling 2 because it will somehow allow him to control the
minds of anyone who watches it.
Meanwhile in a garbage
bin, Greg vomits up the last copy of Thankskilling
2 and it hits Yomi (a puppet who is also the heroine of the film). She’d
lost her mind and is in the garbage bin looking for it. She soon meets Uncle
Donny, who agrees to help her find her mind.
Donny and his friend
Jefferson are obsessed with creating an amusement park called Thanksgivingland
and dressing like pilgrims. Flowis, Jefferson’s obnoxious wheelchair-bound
mother, is an aspiring rap artist. Rounding out the cast are Rhonda Worm (an
earthworm from space – a little joke that I love) and his metal friend, Muff.
Several of the cast members are puppets, who interact freely with the human
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Turkie has a good point
when he says that Thanksgiving is about death – “the death of my people.” But when Turkie himself is killed, it’s
best to remember that this is a horror film. And like Freddy and Jason, he
can’t be put down that easily. When he comes back, he has an extra part. Think Army Of Darkness. There are also nods to Poltergeist,
Tales From The Crypt and Lord Of The Rings.
Of course, there is plenty of stupid stuff in this film,
such as Turkie, upset that he can’t fly, lamenting, “I’ve never even been able to take a shit on somebody from the sky.”
Or when Rhonda asks “Has anybody gone
Muff diving before?” Sometimes the movie seems to revel in bad jokes. There
are also moments when it seems to drag a bit.
But the film mixes live action, puppets, and even a bit
of animation in a bizarre, nearly steam-of-consciousness style of delivery
which is difficult to not appreciate. So smoke some pot, pop this disc in and
enjoy. By the way, the line “I’m a gay
cat” cracked me up.
This DVD has plenty of
bonus material. There are two commentary tracks, both done by Jordan Downey and
Kevin Stewart. The first is a general commentary on the story and the history
of the project, including how they came up with the idea for the first film,
and the whole thing about skipping part two, and raising the money through
Kickstarter. The second commentary is focused more on the technical aspects of
the film, with more specific details about the design of the film, but also
with more information on the story.
There are seven
behind-the-scenes featurettes (totaling approximately thirty-four minutes),
including a look at some of the details of the sets and the building of the
sets, showing where the puppeteers stand and so on. There is some footage from
the first day of production, and a bit on the construction of Frankenturkey.
Also included in this is some unedited footage of the crew trying to get one
particular shot, which really helps to show how a film is made (for those who
haven’t been on a set). These featurettes also use a lot of still photos.
There are two photo
galleries, which are set to music and play through without you having to use
the arrow buttons on your remote.
The special features also
include a music video by Flowis and the Pluckmaster 3000 infomercial (“But wait, there’s more”). And if you
click the down arrow after the Pluckmaster 3000 infomercial, you’ll reach one
of the DVD’s easter eggs.
The DVD also includes two
trailers for the film. (By the way, there is an easter egg in the trailers
menu. Click on the letter “A” in “trailers.”)
One word of warning:
There is a very irritating “easter egg” in the main menu. If you click on “Fowl
Content” and then the upper arrow, it kind of freezes your system. So don’t do
Thankskilling 3 was released on DVD on October 15, 2013 through MVD