Thankskilling 3 DVD Review

  • Actors: Daniel Usaj, Joe Hartzler, Marc M, Wanda Lust
  • Director: Jordan Downey
  • Writers: Jordan Downey, Kevin Stewart, Mike Will Downey
  • Producers: Ricky Fosheim
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: October 15, 2013
  • Run Time: 95 minutes



            I vaguely remember watching the first Thankskilling film in mild amusement. Puppet horror films have become a very small sub-genre, with an obvious emphasis towards the comedic elements of felt blood and gore. Thankskilling 3 is far more than just a horror movie, or a sequel, for that matter. For one thing, it is a sequel called Thankskilling 3 with a storyline about Thankskilling 2, which was never actually made. The tag line for the film is “The first movie to skip its own sequel.”


            Funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign, Thankskilling 3 is a bizarre labor of love with a bold comedic vision meant to shock and baffle audiences in its irreverence. Turkie, the killer holiday bird from the first film, is on a mission to find the only existing copy of Thankskilling 2, leading him to meet a variety of new characters both human and puppets. Sex and violence with puppets dominate the screen time, fueled by an electronic soundtrack by Zain Effendi. Even more remarkable is the skill with which the film is photographed, making Thankskilling 3 far more gorgeous than a film this disgusting has a right to be.


            The DVD includes a behind-the scenes featurette and audio commentaries. Most of the special features are given the same lighthearted treatment that the “horror” film was given, showing the basic goofiness with which it was created. There are many of the films within the film in the special features as well, including the PluckMaster infomercial. There are also trailers and a stills gallery.


    Entertainment Value: 6.5/10

    Quality of Filmmaking: 7/10

    Historical Significance: 4/10

    Disc Features: 7/10



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