Thanksgiving

2023

Action / Horror / Mystery / Thriller

133
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 84% · 150 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 80% · 500 ratings
IMDb Rating 6.3/10 10 48696 48.7K

Director

Top cast

Rick Hoffman as Thomas Wright
Gina Gershon as Amanda Collins
Patrick Dempsey as Sheriff Eric Newlon
Milo Manheim as Ryan
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23.976 fps
1 hr 45 min
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1 hr 45 min
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973.71 MB
1280*534
English 2.0
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23.976 fps
1 hr 45 min
Seeds 100+
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1920*800
English 5.1
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by kuner-59029 5 / 10

There's something wrong about this one

Thanksgiving starts with a fantastic opening scene. The Black Friday shopping mayhem scene is straight out of South Park, with crazed shoppers rampling people to death in gruesome ways over a free waffle maker. That scene is perfectly acted, with all performers giving a spot on impression of awful greedy trash people. That scene has something to say.

The rest of the film starts off as your average "I know what you did last summer" style revenge slasher with an unknown killer in a pilgrom costume stalking and killing the people responsible for the opening scene Black Friday tragedy.

Towards the third act, the movie further devolves into needless, evil spirited torture porn.

A central problem is the main characters, who are a chore to endure. All except the main girl (who seemingly has just one facial expression) and the Russian girl are awful. Especially the males. For a while I wondered if the director / writer were on a dare or pulling a prank by having every single line have the F-word in it. But then a few lines without it showed up. A pity, that would have been more clever than what we got. We are left with intensely unlikeable protagonists, waiting for them to be picked off one by one.

The film barely gives us any hints to who the killer is, what in particular he's motivated by, and in the end pulls a random character out of the hat. The only reason I knew it wasn't one of the teens was that Gina Gershon had a brief appearance and death scene in the opening, so I knew the killer had to be connected to her. Otherwise why cast a name actor in a no name role?

When the reveal does happen, it's ridiculously stupid, and most of all, the needless cruelty and sadism of the killer goes way beyond revenge. In particular one scene involving the centerpiece of the revenge is sickening, case in point being it's something that happened during the October 7th Hamas attack. It's so messed up that it ruins the tone of what should be a fun, scary holiday slasher / horror film. Eli Roth really needs to get his demons under control. Pushing the boundaries is one thing, but missing the tone of your movie is another.

Oddly enough, the gore effects are quite bad. For a movie that goes so deep into gore, I was surprised it didn't look better.

Speaking of things that look bad: the Killer's mask. This is a big one, since a slasher film lives and dies by its killer. The killer here looks boring. Like a low budget V for Vendetta, he's neither scary nor iconic. They must have realized the former, because midway during the movie, he burns his mask for no reason other than he knows he's in a movie and wants to look scarier.

The film moves at a brisk pace, and thankfully the obligatory scenes of characters nervously tiptoeing through corridors with the Killer lying in wait aren't 5 minutes long like in older 80s and 90s Slashers where the narrative ground to a total halt before every kill scene. They throw in a few chase scenes to mix things up as well.

Here's something I'm thankful for: Thanksgiving didn't bore me. It annoyed me with it's nasty characters, it repulsed me with the it's mean spiritedness, bit it didn't bore me.

Had they kept the tone and social commentary from the opening scene, they could have had a real classic here. As it stands, this is a missed opportunity let down by a weak script and a director who's pathological need to shock undermines his talent.

Reviewed by nickryan-44535 5 / 10

It wasn't bad but it wasn't good.

I was quite surprised yet happy to see a thanksgiving horror film getting such high praise. I went in with no expectations and only saw the trailer possibly once. Let me start by saying that this film has quite graphic kills and inventive kills at that. This film starts solid with an extremely dramatic opening and then follows the basic slasher whodunnit outline. I didn't find any of the characters interesting nor do I remember a single person's name so it was kinda hard to stay invested when I don't have a connection to anyone.

After the killer is revealed the movie then rushes to the end. Not sure if the director wanted to keep the run time short or if they just didn't know how to end the film but it literally sprints to the end. If you're looking for a cheesy horror movie and just watching for fun this is for you. I just need a little more substance.

Reviewed by hnhnyc 5 / 10

We've seen this movie, literally. Twice. Still fun-ish.

Look, it's entertaining, it's gross, and it keeps you guessing-IF you want to ignore the obvious. If you do, there are lots of potential killers and motives. If you're a real horror fan, you know Patrick Dempsey was in Scream 3....and also, you guys, it's Patrick freaking Dempsey alongside a bunch of no-name kids! What part do you think he's playing!? He was also super calm throughout the whole movie while investigating what would be one of the most gruesome public cases to hit any town anywhere. He's not only calm, but gentle, sweet, pretty even-keeled, i.e. Not so much like a top cop looking for a serial killer. Also, gotta love that last year's Scream 6 (or Scream 2, whatever they're calling the "starting over" installments) also featured 'the sheriff' as one of the killers. And, as In Screams 1-7, the killer/s always tell you, to your face, "Don't trust anyone, don't trust the love interest, dont trust me' and it's always (#sorrynotsorry for the pun) dead on.

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