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5 Thanksgiving Horror Movies We Should All Be Thankful For

5 Thanksgiving Horror Movies We Should All Be Thankful For

Of all the horror movies centered on holidays, and there are many, Thanksgiving gets the shaft. Sure, Thanksgiving is a celebration of food and family, but that also makes the perfect recipe for terror. Stressful holiday preparations aside, there’s nothing better than curling up on the couch to binge on horror films after a large meal. Maybe that’s just me. While Blood Rage wins the prize for being perhaps the most definitive genre film for the holiday, here are five more horror films to be thankful for:


You’re Next

You're Next

So, technically not a Thanksgiving centered movie, but it checks off so many boxes that it might as well count. Lead heroine Erin (Sharni Vinson) accompanies her boyfriend Crispian (A.J. Bowen) for a family reunion. Awkward family interactions, tension between siblings and underlying resentments all sounds on par for a typical Thanksgiving gathering. Most holiday themed of all, though, is the explosive dinner where things really begin to spiral out of control for the Davison family. Humorous as it is tense, You’re Next is a fun reminder that your holiday could always be worse.


Blood Freak

Blood Freak

If you’re looking for something particularly strange to watch this Thanksgiving, then this is the one for you. A weird anti-drug horror movie that was originally rated X for content; the plot sees a biker following a girl home to a turkey farm run by her father. The father just happens to be a mad scientist who experiments with the turkey meat. The poor biker finds himself with a giant turkey for a head after eating said tampered meat, and subsequently goes on a killing spree for revenge. That the movie is played straight and not for laughs makes this an even stranger viewing.  Giant murderous turkey head screams Thanksgiving, right?


Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County

Alien Abduction Incident in Lake County

A pseudo-documentary horror film that originally aired on UPN in 1998, prior to the release of The Blair Witch Project, stirred up quite the controversy upon airing as viewers thought the film was based on factual events. The fictional story follows teenaged son Tommy, who sets out to make a home video of his family during Thanksgiving dinner but captures the family’s abduction by aliens instead. The script isn’t so great, and neither is the acting, but the Thanksgiving set up gives a legitimate reason to keep the camera rolling and the subtle moments of the aliens lurking in the background are creepy. If the scares in Signs got under your skin, this is worth the watch.


Kristy

Kristy Satanic Random

Originally set for release in 2013 by Dimension Films, this Thanksgiving set horror film was relegated to a Lifetime channel airing in 2015. A sad fate considering it’s far better than expected. For college student Justine, the Thanksgiving break proves to be horrific when she’s terrorized by a group of masked outcasts throughout a very empty college campus. It’s not without flaws, but Haley Bennett makes a great final girl and Oliver Blackburn really delivers on atmospheric suspense. Sure, it may be a little tough to believe that a college campus could ever be that empty over the Thanksgiving holiday, but it makes for a very eerie setting. It’s well shot, the action sequences deliver tension, and the long stretches without dialogue makes this a worthy Thanksgiving viewing.


Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

Directed by Nettie Pena, this Thanksgiving set slasher sees an escaped mental patient stealing a car and terrorizing a family during their Thanksgiving gathering, giving us an alternative Thanksgiving set slasher to choose. I wouldn’t call this a great slasher by any means, but boy is it entertaining. The characters are often extremely inept, like finding a corpse in the driveway and still not getting clued in that something is amiss, and the kills are inventive. It also marks the first role for actress Vinessa Shaw (The Hills Have Eyes, 2006). If you only have room for one slasher this Thanksgiving, well, it should probably be Blood Rage. But if you have room for two, or would really like something upbeat and quirky, Home Sweet Home is the best bet.



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COMMENTS

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  • Drew

  • Travis_Bickle

    Kristy is GARBAGE.
    Watch a few episodes from Scream Queens season 1 – they have a few episodes on Thanksgiving that are amazing.

    • MeeGhoulz

      I like Scream Queens…still gotta watch Kristy though.

      • J Jett

        KRISTY is awesome imo! 🙂

        • MeeGhoulz

          Just watched! Really great! People tend to dislike movies for how straight forward they are now, no twists or intricate plots… I would like to see Kristy as a game ,like FMV games of old, Night Trap or Dragons Lair… Or Until Dawn, the modern example that comes to mind.

    • Saturn

      Tut tut Travis, it’s not often I have to call you out, but you’re wrong about Kristy – it’s GREAT!
      Although you did pull it back with Scream Queens……

      • Travis_Bickle

        You liked Kristy!? Say it aint so! Scream Queens season 1 is great, not season 2

        • Saturn

          I watched Kristy a couple of years or so back and had a good time with it – an instant classic? No, but still a better example of the “home invasion” style movie.
          I enjoyed both seasons of Scream Queens too – but like you say, season 1 was definitely better.

          • Travis_Bickle

            I guess I’m not into home invasion movies cuz I didn’t like the strangers or funny games. Different Strokes I guess, season 2 of scream Queens is okay, it just trailed off towards the end, and unfortunately got the show cancelled

  • dsxy

    Kristy is awful, it’s not like it has a bad cast either. Lame idea terribly executed.

  • Khy

    I loved Kristy. The fact it still doesn’t have a blu-ray release is quite sucky.

    P2, While She Was Out, and Kristy are my perfect Holiday horror trilogy. I’m a sucker for a good Woman vs thugs type movie.

    • lonestarr357

      I still maintain that P2 would’ve worked better as a short film, but While She Was Out was underrated. Very tense.

      • scream4ever

        While She Was Out is indeed underrated. Loved the ending.

      • Saturn

        I enjoy P2 enough for it to be a December movie every year for me these days. Not long ’til Christmas!

    • Saying Like It Is

      Actually, Kristy has already been released on Blu just not in US sadly.

    • J Jett

      i’ve never even heard of WHILE SHE WAS OUT. is it good? i love Lukas Haas!

  • DaddyKo

    Ive seen Kristy on Netflix and it was okay. Really liked You’re next tho, I have that on dvd.

  • Flu-Like Symptoms

    I didn’t realize there were Thanksgiving-style horror movies until I remembered somebody making me sit through You’re Next. That’s the only one I believe I’ve seen out of the list, and I remember it being ok.

  • Collin

    Never thought of you’re next as a thanksgiving horror movie but yeah I can see it. Just makes me love the movie even more

  • Call me crazy but Kristy deserves so much more recognition than it recieves. It should have been a wide release, the foreshadowing, the attractive cast, the suspense, the cinematography, it all blew me away. The scene where she tricks the last guy with the audio recorder still gives me goosebumps. Only flaw Id give it is the low budget-ness feel when it came to the actual killing.

    • Anthony Gulino

      Kristy rocks.. found it to be a solid flick

    • Khy

      Kristy was great because of its simplicity. You have a girl running and trying to survive a group of killers on a vacant campus during Thanksgiving break. That’s it, that’s the magic. We rarely see chase scenes these days, so having one big chase as a movie was wonderful. A total blast. Great directing, immersive atmosphere, and suspense.

      I’m sad that it has had such a tacky release treatment. First pushed back, renamed a billion times, then dumped on Lifetime(ew. Look I can enjoy a trashy lifetime flick from time to time but Kristy deserved so much better) as well as Netflix and still no American blu-ray release to speak of.

      • J Jett

        Khy, exactly! KRISTY is basically one awesome chase scene! i really miss amazing chase scenes like Helen’s chase scene in I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER.
        KRISTY is basically Helen’s chase scene but for most of the film’s duration!

        • Khy

          Yeah chase scenes are a lost art. Even Scream 4 cut corners when it came to that.
          Also don’t forget Wendy’s chase in Prom Night ’80!

          • J Jett

            Khy, have we ever talked (on this site) about the best chase scenes before? if not, you and i have such similar tastes! i say that because Wendy’s chase scene from the original PROM NIGHT is amazing! my top 3 chase scenes is…

            #1. Helen’s from I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER
            #2. Wendy’s from PROM NIGHT (original film)
            #3. Justine/”Kristy” from KRISTY.

            i liked Jaime King as “Sarah Palmer” in MY BLOODY VALENTINE 3D (it’s not a long chase scene but it’s a good one IMO).
            also Ginny from F13 PART 2 was another short-ish chase scene but it was pretty good!

      • Lorne Dixon

        The German import Blu-Ray import (Region B) is an awesome transfer and really makes the film shine. Buy a region free BD player. It’s completely worth it.

        • Adam Matthews

          agreed – its a lovely bluray release

    • J Jett

      Honey Pie, YES!! i agree 1000%. KRISTY was freaking awesome! it is so much more deserving of a theatrical release than so many crappy horror movies released over the past 5 or 6 years.

  • Rohan

    Poultrygeist?

  • DC_Fan38

    “Thankskilling” ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
    Dumb, almost unbearable movie, but if you need to throw on something while drinking?

  • J Jett

    Meagan YOU ARE AWESOME! i love that you included KRISTY in the list (ANY list is fine w/ me!). it’s one of my all time favorite horror movies. for anyone who hasn’t seen it and who misses really great long chase scenes (like Sarah Michelle’s amazing chase scene in I KNOW WHAT YOU DID…) KRISTY is basically one long, awesome, intense chase scene with a lead protagonist who is 100% likable. i can’t say enough good things about that movie. it’s awesome! it also has a great musical score from François Eudes who did the scores for HIGH TENSION, INSIDE, VINYAN, etc.).

    YOU’RE NEXT is also excellent! Sharni Vinson is completely badass!

  • RipleyCroft

    You’re Next is such a great addition to the slasher genre. Sharni Vinson did a great job with her character. Kristy was also really good! Very underrated and under appreciated.

    • MrX13

      Both movies were very good and well made. Both Vinson and Bennett are both very talented and kick ass with their roles.

  • Kyle Cole

    I absolutely loved Kristy!! That movie was so intense and realistic!! You’re next was sort of easy to figure out, but Sharni Vinson in it was completely kick ass!! I myself like to watch either the wring turn movies or the Texas chainsaw films around thanksgiving. This year I’m watching the first two keepers creepers movies and the FEAST trilogy

  • Barry El Beardo

    I remember watching Alien Abduction when I was 13 and it shit me up good! I had to turn it over for that scene when the boy goes into his bedroom and the alien is behind the door. Its laughable now but purely terrifying to watch as a kid

  • kieron callaghan

    I am so enjoying all of your recent lists Meagan and was delighted to see Kristy and Your Next on there so thank you so much and I really hope that maybe when the era lists conclude that you’ll keep them going with other topics like best foreign horror films of all time as i really enjoy reading both your selections and all the other lists posted in the comments section so, so much.

  • Meisha’s Taint

    WHY DO YOU IDIOTS ALWAYS MAKE THESE LISTS WAY TO LATE FOR ANYONE TO WATCH THEM?????

    YOU DO THIS FOR EVERY HOLIDAY EVERY YEAR!

    Make the next list for Christmas horror movies BEFORE Christmas so we have time to watch these!!!

  • cat

    I loveeed Kristy even if it’s a little cliche

  • Carl Chrystan

    This is the last time I will trust comments! Watched Kristy today and it was appalling! I’d never heard of it and thought I’d be seeing some hidden gem. Boy, was I wrong! 86 mins of my life gone forever!

  • Queen Guillotine

    Maybe someonehas said it but no Blood Rage? Love the selection but that was my go to this year…and of course Addams Family Values just for the Thanksgiving revolt a theater the summer camp lol

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