Thanksgiving Horror Films to Watch Before Your Turkey Dinner | Pages Da

It’s November, the Halloween treats are on their way, the decorations are coming down and Christmas decorations are being put up while October lovers stare begrudgingly on. As the scary season comes to a close, horror fans everywhere find themselves in a limbo of “what am I going to watch next?” Christmas horror movies are a little too early to jump into, despite how wonderfully campy or cheesy some of them can be. So what are horror fans watching throughout November to pass the time? Although they are few and far between, Thanksgiving horror movies do exist. So if you need something to take away from having to eat a Thanksgiving meal with your overbearing family, this is the list for you. Here are nine Thanksgiving movies to watch while we mourn the loss of Halloween before we turn them on slay watches.


Home Sweet Home (1981)


Directed by Nettie Pena, Home Sweet Home (also known as Slasher In The House) is a classic story about Thanksgiving. A PCP-addicted mental patient escapes from an institution and hijacks a station wagon to wreak havoc. The killer targets a family Thanksgiving gathering on the outskirts of LA, turning what was supposed to be a wholesome family gathering into a night to forget.

Participating Jake Steinfeld, Peter de Paulaand Vinessa Shaw, Home Sweet Home is a standard 80s slasher full of cheesy tropes and hilarious SFX.

Blood Rage (1987)

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Also known as Nightmare On Shadow Woods and Slashers, Blood Rage (Directed by John Grissmer) is another Thanksgiving-centric slasher film. In the film, Todd and Terry are identical twins who meet each other on Thanksgiving Day. Terry framed Todd ten years earlier for the murder of his mother’s lover, and now Todd has escaped the mental institution he was in and wants revenge. In between the confusing twin situation, we also get an Oedipal Terry, who refuses to let his mother have a lover.

Mark Soper and Louise Lasser star in this slightly awkward but bloody slasher film with the tagline “This Thanksgiving, it’s not cranberry sauce.”

Pilgrim (2019)

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Portion of Into the dark anthology series on Hulu, Pilgrim is a home invasion film centered around a family that invites Thanksgiving re-enactors into their home to truly practice gratitude for the holiday. Marcus Dunstan directs this insane tale of pilgrims who terrorize a family and refuse to break character, forcing the estranged family to band together and fight back against these pre-colonial horrors.

Courtney Henggeler, Reign Edwardsand Kerr Smith star in one of the bloodiest of Into the dark features and give us another way to enjoy Thanksgiving horror.

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ThanksKilling (2008)

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One of the crazier movies on this list, ThanksKilling is about a disgraced Native American who uses necromancy to create a blood-crazed killer turkey to take revenge on Pilgrim descendants every 500 years. Unfortunately for a group of college kids (Natasha Cordova, Lindsey Andersson, Lance Predmore, Aaron Carlsonand Ryan Francis), that 500 years is when they travel home on vacation. The killer turkey attacks!

ThanksKillingDirected by Jordan Downeyactually created ThanksKilling 3 as a sequel (that’s right, 3, not 2) as well ThanksKilling: The Musical

Séance (2006)


Directed by Mark L Smith, Seance is a supernatural horror film set during Thanksgiving break. Five college kids stay in their Manhattan dorms over break and decide it’s the best idea to hold a séance to rid the building of a pesky ghost. Since this is a horror movie, of course they don’t get rid of the ghost, they just conjure up that ghost’s killer.

Bridget Shergalis, Tori Whiteand Chauntal Lewis star in this 2006 ShockerFest winner for Best Horror Film.

Kristy (2014)

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Olly Blackburn directs this unnervingly creepy horror film set during Thanksgiving. A university student stays alone on campus during break and is hunted and targeted by three deranged cult members. The main character must take on the challenge of survival to try to get away from the crazy cult members who will stop at nothing to kill her

Haley Bennett and Ashley Greene star of one of the higher-rated horror films on this list, nominated for two iHorror Awards for Best Final Girl and Best Sleeper.

Black Friday! (2021)

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This star-studded cast, including Devon Sawa, Michael Jai Whiteand Bruce Campbell, Black Friday! is a horror comedy set on Thanksgiving night in a toy store. Angry employees prepare for Black Friday shopping while an alien parasite crashes into Earth, turning the locals into monsters. It’s up to the toy store employees to stand up to the angry mutants to save the toy store.

Casey Tebo directs this satirical holiday film that should be enjoyed this Thanksgiving, especially with the addition of Bruce Campbell as a horror icon.

The Boogeyman (2005)

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Not exactly set on Thanksgiving Day, but after the Thanksgiving break, this film explores the idea of ​​a traditional Boogeyman or monster in the closet and that the protagonist must face in order to defeat it. Barry Watson plays the protagonist who has a premonition that he must return to his childhood home where his father was murdered by a boogeyman 16 years earlier.

Stephen Kay directs this supernatural horror film that reached #1 its opening weekend.

Poultrygeist: Night Of The Chicken Dead (2006)

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Perhaps the most ridiculous plot for a horror movie on the list, it’s only natural to save it for last. Lloyd Kaufmanco-founder of Troma Entertainment film studio, gives us exactly what you’d expect from someone who created Toxic Avenger. This movie is about a fast food chain that is built on top of a Native American burial ground. The killed and discarded chickens from the restaurant turn into chicken zombies and attack the workers. While not directly related to Thanksgiving, the chicken-themed plot makes it perfect to watch after developing a food coma.

Oh, it’s also a musical, if that doesn’t make it more of a must-see.


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