Eli Roth’s 16-Year-Old Joke Trailer for ‘Thanksgiving’ is Now a Real Movie

You’ve probably forgotten a lot of what happened in 2007, but that year saw the release of Grindhouse, Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s two-part homage to seventies B-movies. It combined Tarantino’s girly killer-car movie, Death Proof, with Rodriguez’s zombie shoot-em-up, Planet Terror, but in between there were five joke trailers. Those trailers included Machete, Werewolf Women of the SS, Don’t, Hobo with a Shotgun, and Thanksgiving, directed by Robert Rodriguez, Rob Zombie, Edgar Wright, Jason Eisener, and Eli Roth, respectively.

Machete eventually became two real movies, in 2010 and 2013, as did (the surprisingly great) Hobo with a Shotgun, also in 2010. Why it took Eli Roth 13 years longer to bring us the full-length version of Thanksgiving is anyone’s guess, but now the first trailer is here, teasing a November 17th release (that’s six days before Thanksgiving, for the calendar sticklers out there).

Much like the original joke trailer, the real version doesn’t offer many hints to the story, beyond the general theme of a killer in a buckled hat gorily murdering terrified teeny boppers and jocks against the backdrop of Thanksgiving. A comment on the inherent brutality of settler-colonialism, perhaps? According to the official Sony Pictures synopsis, “After a Black Friday riot ends in tragedy, a mysterious Thanksgiving-inspired killer terrorizes Plymouth, Massachusetts – the birthplace of the infamous holiday.”

Okay, so maybe a takedown of consumer culture? Time will tell.

Eli Roth’s new movie Thanksgiving is a real version of the fake trailer he made for Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s Grindhouse.Courtesy of Sony

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