November 13, 2012 (VOD)
Jordan Downey, Kevin Stewart, Mike Will Downey
Daniel Usaj as Uncle Donny
Joe Hartzler as Jefferson
Preston Altree as Nibla (voice)
Benjamin Siemon as Mrs. Turkey (voice)
Mike Litzenberg as Greg Garbage (voice)
Bridge Stuart as FrankenTurkey (voice) Jordan Downey as Turkie/Yomi/WiseTurkey/Muff (voice)
David Cronin as Pie-Lett (voice)
Back in 2009 there was a low budget Indie film about a turkey puppet named Turkie who, through an ancient native American spell became animated, talkative and deadly toward the pilgrims who decided to slaughter the people indiginous to the New World and then have a big feast to celebrate. In this film Turkie then re-emerged over 500 years later to track down the decendants of the original massacre and the film ThanksKilling was the result. Later, it seems, there was a sequel to ThanksKilling,ThanksKilling 2 – but it was “one of the worst films ever made” and never gained distribution and all copies but one were lost forever…
Enter ThanksKilling 3. After the second film in the series was shelved and most copies of the DVD destroyed, only one lonely copy remained, and Turkie is determined to find it. With his trusty sidekick and son Nibla in tow, Turkey ventures out to retrieve the remaining copy of ThanksKilling 2, battling the confused puppet Yomi and the Thanksgiving-obsessed Uncle Donny along the way.
Just so it is clear to all, there was never a “ThanksKilling 2” – this particular franchise decided to skip number 2 and create a number 3, which is all about the existence of a number 2. The term “franchise” is actually used loosely as this is a sequel to an enjoyably bad indie flick, funded by a sucessful kickstarter campaign. Still, that does qualify as a franchise in the truest sense of the word, so we will go with that.
ThanksKilling was bad, but one of those wonderful low budget Indie films that is bad in all the right ways to be very enjoyable. ThanksKilling 3 decided to go a different route, forgoing the horror stereotypes and instead striking out in uncharted territory using puppets and goofy humans to embark on a supernatural journey of death by chainsaw by talking birds. You might not have known this, but according to these filmmakers the puppets we have seen in the Jim Hendricks “Muppet” style are not representations of humans and other creatures made of fabrics, but instead copies of actual beings made of fabric that exist in another dimention. The great news about that is that when they die all you have to do is put your hand into the cavity and move their mouths with your hand… and miraculously the live again. Oops, I may have given too much away…
ThanksKilling 3 is not even close to a horror movie, but rather a twisted rendition of The Muppet Movie with foul (fowl?) language and lots of bloody death. Frankly, when this movie began and the murderous turkey commenses his attack in space in the scenes from the fictional ThanksKilling 2, followed by the actions of a puppet trying to find her lost mind, it was pretty easy to check out and decide that this whole production is nothing but a ridiculous monstrocity. But… as the saga plays on there is something strangely enjoyable and entertaining about it. ThanksKilling 3 is really bad, really stupid and completely absurd, yet somehow enjoyable nonetheless.
At least in this film they stayed true to their trademark, which is to show boobs in the first minutes of the film… this time we have the ample Wanda Lust floating in space wearing a space suit that conveniently has a large opening in the chest area. When she played the pilgrim in the first film she also managed to find a pilgrim outfit with a similar opening. Thanks the heavens for the lovely Ms. Lust.
Perhaps in a sublimely drug-induced state this film will make perfect sense as a rendition of alternate reality with a killer bird and puppet granny with aspirations to be a rap star. it seems pretty clear that there was at least some herbal enhancement needed to concoct this insane story and the characters who play it out. Even without the benefit of a bong, though, ThanksKilling 3can keep you entertained. Sometimes horrible is actually good, and stupidity can come across as semi-brilliant. I’m not saying this film achieves any of those things, but sometimes it happens. I’m just sayin’.