As part of the release of Tarantino and Rodriguez’s homage to exploitation cinema, “Grindhouse” rolled into theaters complete with a package of trailers for fake films that were shown before the feature presentation. Two of them have already been made into real films — Jason Eisener’s “Hobo With A Shotgun,” and Rodriguez’s “Machete Kills,” which was made right on the heels of “Grindhouse.” It took Roth a hot minute, but “Thanksgiving” finally appears (almost) ready for its close-up.
Little is known about Roth’s plans for the film, but if his mock trailer is any indication, we’re in for a real gore-fest (with a special side of camp). In the trailer, a knife-wielding maniac in a pilgrim costume pursues his victims as they cavort around at a makeout point, walk the Macy’s parade, and carve up turkeys. After every kill a chilling voiceover intones things like, “This year, there will be no leftovers.”
Roth’s recent directorial output isn’t everyone’s favorite, but his passion for genre cinema conveyed through projects like “Eli Roth’s History of Horror” and “Eli Roth Presents: A Ghost Ruined My Life” is as admirable as it is infectious. And his turn in “Scream 3” alone proved that Patrick Dempsey’s got the chops. Getting to play a kind of menacing slasher would be a fascinating departure from the McDreamy mold that Dempsey generally hews quite close to. Spyglass Media is producing “Thanksgiving,” and they haven’t given the official confirmation that Dempsey will anchor the cast — at least, not yet.
We’ll keep you updated on any further news regarding “Thanksgiving,” but until then, Roth’s original and extremely NSFW trailer from “Grindhouse” is available to stream.