2009 (USA) // Jordan Downey // March 30, 2010 // Netflix Instant
There’s something to be said for a slasher picture so ineptly made and thoroughly cracked in its sensibilities that it resembles one of those public access fever-dreams on Tim and Eric’s Awesome Show, Great Job!. I just don’t know what that something is. I suppose it’s a given that a direct-to-video “film” that looks like it was made for about $5,000 and features a sentient, demonic turkey would be odious and mind-shatteringly stupid. I just didn’t expect it to be dribbled with such batshit-crazy weirdness. ThanksKilling feels like the brainchild of a thirteen-year-old delinquent with a hard-on for glue-sniffing and girl-murder fantasies, or, in its best (worst?) moments, like a live-action, R-rated Bugs Bunny cartoon. I could point to one character’s gossamer reverie about his slain best friend (complete with skipping, hand-holding, ice cream-sharing, and swing-pushing), or the killer turkey’s scheme to impersonate a victim by wearing his face (a successful scheme, I might add). However, the scene that takes the pumpkin pie, as it were, is a short sequence where the Groucho-bespectacled turkey and the dressed-as-a-turkey sheriff amicably share a cup of coffee. The sheer dada WTF?-factor of it almost makes it worth the brain cells and hour of my life that I lost forever.