Movie Review – Thankskilling 3 (2013)

Thankskilling 3
Directed by Jordan Downey
Courtesy of MVD Entertainment
Release Date: October 15, 2013

Thankskilling 3

Just in time for Thanksgiving! A couple of years ago, I reviewed an insane killer-turkey movie called THANKSKILLING. If you recall, I described it as a campy horror flick that is meant to be as funny as it is brutal. Well, lo and behold, here comes THANKSKILLING 3, the follow-up to the 2009 original. Where is #2, you ask? It never happened…but on purpose. This film is touted as ‘the first movie to skip its own sequel’, a brilliant marketing campaign in my opinion. And while I did not enjoy this one as much as the first, THANKSKILLING 3 is still a lot of fun and definitely worth checking out.

If you are not familiar with THANKSKILLING 3, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of MVD Entertainment:

Marketed as “”The First Movie to Skip Its Own Sequel,”” this puppet-fueled follow-up to the holiday-themed cult favorite ThanksKilling follows feathered villain Turkie on a ruthless hunt for the last copy of ThanksKilling 2.

If you didn’t know already, the first THANKSKILLING was a huge cult success and was featured in Maxim Magazine, Fangoria, FearNet, and on TMZ and Fox News. All the major genre news sites covered it, including Bloody-Disgusting, Aint It Cool News, and Arrow In The Head. This follow-up was completely funded by fans on a Kickstarter campaign that raised $100,000, which makes it the highest funded horror feature on Kickstarter to date!

THANKSKILLING 3 is very crazy and, as such, will not appeal to some audiences. You have to go into this film expecting puppet-crazed insanity, not a Michael Bay-budgeted production. If you are looking for laughs filled with gore-covered fun, then you’re at the right place.

The film is shot pretty well overall for what it is, but as you would expect, the acting isn’t too great. Likewise, the special effects are horrendous…but these aspects are what make the film so much fun. You have to keep watching to find out what the production team does next!

As before, Turkie throws out his trademark one-liners as he piles up a body-count. But for me, some of the jokes lack the same spark that that the original had; maybe I expected too much in that area, but some of them come off as forced and therefore bland. Thankfully this doesn’t happen much, and it is an issue that is easily overlooked.

As a whole, THANKSKILLING 3 is winner for me. It’s one of those films that is great to watch in a group, especially after a couple of rounds. There’s no telling what kind of jokes you’ll come up with as you watch, but they’ll probably not be as ‘fowl’ as those in the movie.

The Bonus Features on the DVD include:

* 7 Behind The Scenes Featurettes
* 2 Audio Commentaries with Creators Jordan Downey and Kevin Stewart
* 2 Trailers
* Interactive Drinking Game
* Flowis’ Music Video ‘Sprinkle of Wrinkle’
* Uncle Donny’s Pluckmaster 3000 Infomercial
* 2 Stills Galleries
* 4 Hidden Easter Eggs

The film is available now in a variety of formats.


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