Nov 30, 2014

Review: ThanksKilling 3 (2012)

I had a lot of fun watching ThanksKilling. It's a really special kind of bad where Jordan Downey pretty much satirizes the slasher genre to great effect. Characters are incredibly stupid and the murderer is only the coolest killer turkey ever put on the screen. Shot for $3,500 over 11 days, it's the kind of movie that knows it's bad and relishes in it. That's why I gave it a 5/10, the highest possible score for a bad movie. That's like a 10/10 really.

I just finished ThanksKilling 3 and I'm kind of at a loss for words. That's not a typo either, ThanksKilling 2 was skipped over because, well why not? I'm going to be trying to put my mind back together over the course of this review but I can't promise anything. Either I've seen the dumbest movie ever conceived or I've seen the greatest masterpiece since the dawn of cinema. Either one is possible at this point. 

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Genre: comedy, horror
Directed by: Jordan Downey
Produced by: Jordan Downey, Ricky Fosheim, Kevin Stewart, etc.
Written by: Jordan Downey, Mike Will Downey, Kevin Stewart
Music by: Zain Effendi
Running time: 99 minutes
Production company: Detention Films
Distributed by: Gravitas Ventures
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: N/A
Box office: N/A

IMDb entry
Rotten Tomatoes entry

Starring: Jordan Downey, Daniel Usaj, Kevin Stewart, Joe Hartzler, Preston Altree, Benjamin Siemon, Mike Litzenberg, Bridge Stuart, Wanda Lust, Christina Blevins, David Cronin, Jeffery A. Baker, Ryan McLelland, Brian Jackson, Roger Ford, Jonathan Gaskill, Amanda Gaskill
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Synopsis


ThanksKilling 2 starring Turkie (voice: Jordan Downey) has been declared to be the worst movie ever made. To prevent anyone from actually seeing it, the studio which produced it gathers all the copies of the movie and burns them in the desert. Meanwhile, Yomi (voice: Jordan Downey) is in a dumpster looking for her mind. She does however find a copy of ThanksKilling 2 which she pops into her backpack. 

Review


ThanksKilling 3 is just as bizarre as it sounds from the synopsis. In fact, it's easily even more bizarre and you can only really know if you see it for yourself. It's full of crazy characters, crazy psychedelic techno music interludes and the story goes from weird to downright insane asylum weird. At the same time though, I have to give full credit to the writers for this one who demonstrate an unbelievable amount of creativity and probably an equal amount of insanity.

It's pretty clear that Jordan Downey had the benefit of a bigger budget to work with. The sets have cheap charm as do the large number of puppet characters that populate this sequel. Yes, there are many many puppets and I can't get enough of it. I've always loved puppets and all-puppet movies like Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal so this is a movie that really spoke to me. I'm pretty sure that Downey is spoofing these kinds of movies which is fine by me just because of good a job he does at making it all so amusing.

He's actually spoofing a whole bunch of things and it's hard to keep track of. ThanksKilling is like making a soup with every single ingredient from a grocery store. It's like painting your car rainbow chrome and then also making it glow-in-the-dark. ThanksKilling 3 is so many things all at once that you don't know where to look or what to listen to. There's a definite storyline but it jumps around in a frenzy, not able to stay still for half a second. 

It's mostly about Yomi trying to find her mind with the help of wigged inventor Uncle Donny who specializes in infomercials and dreams of buildinga theme park called Thanksgivingland. She also has the help of lots of other unique characters from butt sniffing rats and an earthworm from space. Turkie is always around, ready to kill anyone who gets in his way and of course he's always ready with the quick one-liner. There's less killing in ThanksKilling 3 than in ThanksKilling, but that's really because Downey is focusing on bigger and better things. 

The non-stop parade of puppets is just my cup of tea. The visual gags, the crude humour and the undeniably quotable dialogue are also some of this film's biggest strengths. The score is also quite memorable. I don't even think I can categorize ThanksKilling 3 as a truly bad movie. Yes it's definitely bad, but....it's good too. It clearly belongs on a different plane of existence from other movies. I could go on and on, but I won't. This is a movie to be experimented with. Multiple times probably.

I'm sure that there will be no shortage of ThanksKilling fans who hate this sequel for how different it is. They're missing the point though. Jordan Downey could've easily made a straight follow-up to the original and I'm sure it would've been funny. But ThanksKilling 3 transcends being "funny." It's an art house bad movie that deserves a high place in the annals of bad movie history. It's a wholly different movie compared to its original and that's a rarity in cinema today, good or bad movie alike. 


Rating


7/10