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Eli Roth Thanksgiving Review: Gore but No More

Eli Roth brings an axe to the Thanksgiving party but this is one holiday film you really should probably stay away from. Here’s our Eli Roth Thanksgiving review!

Thanksgiving Review

An axe-wielding maniac terrorizes residents of Plymouth, Mass., after a Black Friday riot ends in tragedy. Picking off victims one by one, the seemingly random revenge killings soon become part of a larger, sinister plan.

Throughout this quite contrived movie there’s a certain particularly scene where one character asks “What are you thankful for” and by the time the end credits arrive I’m rather thinking I’m thankful that the film is over and I never have to see it again.

Don’t get me wrong I love Eli Roth, I think he’s absolutely brilliant within his genre and Hostel whilst a torture porn style movie was just so crazy, outlandish and terrifying that it really stapled him as an icon of the genre.

We won’t mention the remake of DeathWish, we never mention that.

But visceral gore is his forte and Thanksgiving does actually use this to effect and context within the story instead of the gore for the sake of gore which is usually reminicenti of Eli’s movies. 

Thanksgiving Horror

Thanksgiving doesn’t feel like a holiday treat in anyway shape or form as it feels like a film we’ve all seen before a million times.

Annoying teenagers, inconsistent killer with really flimsy motivation, it’s basically just Scream at Thanksgiving but without the meta layers that Scream has where it knows full well what it’s doing and highlights them to the audience.

Thanksgiving is trying to be original whilst copying everything else out there that has been released and reviewed already.

When you’re placed in a horror movie you need to have genuine care and concern for the characters you are watching or chances are, you’re going to end up rooting for the killer.


When it came to Thanksgiving I was absolutely rooting for the killer and cheering them on every single step of the way!

This horror movie could have taken place at any time of year, it’s redundant and ultimately pointless but setting it at Thanksgiving just to promote the film around the holiday season for some cash, is clever but wasted.

I can’t imagine it’ll do too well at the box office once the original thoughts and feelings of the general public start filtering through.

It really is nothing special and I wouldn’t waste my time seeing it again even if I was given free tickets.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Our Rating


Gore but no more Thanksgiving really is a holiday movie you’ll want to quickly forget as this seen it all before horror trope filled feature is about as bland as a corner shop turkey

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