Thanksgiving Release Date: In 2007, Eli Roth teased audiences with a mock trailer for the movie Grindhouse, leaving them hungry for more. Now, almost two decades later, Roth is finally serving up the feature-length version of the holiday-themed slasher titled Thanksgiving. Here’s everything you need to know before you take your seat at the Thanksgiving table of terror.
Release Date and Streaming
Thanksgiving is carving its way into theaters, competing against strong contenders like The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes, Next Goal Wins, and Trolls Band Together. While a digital release date is yet to be revealed, it’s anticipated to hit streaming platforms soon after its theatrical debut. Netflix, in partnership with Sony Pictures, has secured the streaming rights, ensuring you won’t have to wait long to feast your eyes on this gruesome holiday treat.
Trailers and Teasers
The anticipation reached its peak with the release of the official teaser trailer on September 9, 2023. Roth teased genre fans with a tantalizing glimpse of the horrors to come. The red-band trailer, unleashed on October 4, 2023, offered a closer look at the creatively macabre holiday-themed kills that Thanksgiving promises. A subsequent teaser on October 19 left viewers craving more. Roth also delved into the film’s inspirations and kills in a behind-the-scenes featurette released on October 25, setting the stage for a terrifying Thanksgiving.
Plot: A Feast of Fear
Set in the Thanksgiving-obsessed town of Plymouth, Massachusetts, the movie takes a sinister turn when an uninvited guest, a serial killer, decides to make this holiday one to remember. “The table is set, the festivities have begun, but an uninvited guest has arrived… and this year, there will be no leftovers.” The killer’s motivation remains a mystery, making the gruesome festivities all the more terrifying. Expect Roth’s signature blend of horror and dark humor, served with a side of holiday dread.
The Cast: A Lineup of Fearful Faces
Leading the charge is Patrick Dempsey (Grey’s Anatomy), portraying the town sheriff, and social media sensation turned actress Addison Rae. They are joined by an ensemble cast, including Gina Gershon, Milo Manheim, Jalen Thomas Brooks, Nell Verlaque, Rick Hoffman, and stand-up comedian Tim Dillon, among others. Together, they create a diverse array of characters, each potentially becoming the killer’s next victim.
Behind the Scenes: Roth’s Creative Vision
Roth is not only the director but also the mastermind behind the story, having worked on the script since 2010. His collaboration with Jeff Rendell resulted in a narrative that lives up to the original trailer’s promise. Roth, known for his work in cult classics like Grindhouse, Cabin Fever, and Hostel, is now channeling his dark creativity into Thanksgiving. His commitment to horror and his unique storytelling style promise an unforgettable cinematic experience.
As you prepare for your own Thanksgiving feast, keep an eye out for Eli Roth’s Thanksgiving, a film that guarantees to leave you with more than just a food coma. Get ready to sink your teeth into a holiday horror like no other.
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