It’s November, Halloween candy is on clearance, decorations are falling down, and Christmas decorations are being put up as October lovers reluctantly watch. As the spooky season draws to a close, horror fans everywhere are left with the uncertainty of “what am I going to watch next?” Holiday horror movies are a little too early to start, even though some of them can be wonderfully campy or cheesy. So what are horror fans watching in November to bide their time? Though rare, Thanksgiving horror movies Do to exist. So, if you need something so you don’t have to eat a Thanksgiving meal with your overbearing family, this list is for you. Here are nine Thanksgiving movies to watch as you mourn the loss of Halloween before turning them on killing bells.
Home Sweet Home (1981)
Realized by Netti Pena, The sweetness of the hearth (Also known as Ripper at home) is a classic Thanksgiving tale. A mental patient addicted to PCP escapes from an institution and hijacks a station wagon to cause chaos. The killer targets a Thanksgiving family reunion in suburban Los Angeles, turning what was supposed to be a wholesome family reunion into a night he wishes to be forgotten.
Featuring Jake Steinfield, Pierre De PaulaAnd Vinesa Shaw, The sweetness of the hearth is a standard 80s slasher full of cheesy tropes and hilarious sound effects.
Blood Rage (1987)
Also known as Nightmare in the Shadow Woods And sharp, black rage (realized by John Grismer) is another Thanksgiving-focused slasher film. In the film, Todd and Terry are identical twins who face off on Thanksgiving. Terry framed Todd ten years ago for the murder of his mother’s lover, and now Todd has escaped from the mental institution he was in and wants revenge. Amidst the confusing situation of the twins, we also have an Oedipal Terry, who refuses to allow his mother to have a lover.
Marco Soper And Luisa Lasser stars in this slightly silly but bloody slasher film with the tagline “This Thanksgiving isn’t cranberry sauce.”
Part of In the darkness anthology series on Hulu, Pilgrim is a family-focused home invasion film that invites Thanksgiving re-enactors into their homes to really practice holiday gratitude. Marcus Dunstan directs this mad tale of pilgrims terrorizing a family and refusing to break character, forcing the estranged family to reunite and fight these pre-colonial terrors.
Courtney Hengeler, Edwards reignsAnd Kerr Smith star in one of the bloodiest of In the darkness features and give us another way to enjoy Thanksgiving horror.
Please Kill (2008)
One of the more extravagant films on this list, Thanks Kill is about a disgraced Native American who uses necromancy to create a bloodthirsty killer turkey to take his revenge on the descendants of the Pilgrims every 500 years. Unfortunately for a group of students (Natasha Cordova, Lindsey Anderson, Lance Predmore, Aaron CarlsonAnd Ryan Francois), which is 500 years old as they go home for the holidays. The killer turkey attacks!
Thanks Killrealized by Jordan Downeyactually generated Thanks Killing 3 as a sequence (that’s right, 3, not 2) as well as Thanks Killing: The Musical
Realized by Marc L Smith, Session is a supernatural horror film set during the Thanksgiving holiday. Five middle schoolers stay in their Manhattan dorms over the holidays and decide it’s the best idea to hold a séance to rid the building of a pesky ghost. Of course, since this is a horror movie, they don’t end up getting rid of the ghost, they just bring out that ghost’s killer.
Brigitte Shergalis, Bulls WhiteAnd Chauntal Lewis star of this winner of the ShockerFest for the best horror film in 2006.
Olly Blackburn directs this frightening horror film set during the Thanksgiving holiday. A student is left alone on campus during the holidays and is stalked and picked on by three deranged cult members. The protagonist must complete the survival challenge to try to get away from the deranged cult members who will stop at nothing to kill her
Haley Bennett And Ashley Green stars in one of the highest-rated horror films on this list, having been nominated for two iHorror awards for Best Girl Finale and Best Sleeper Film.
Black Friday! (2021)
This star 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 as an alien parasite descends on Earth, turning the inhabitants into monsters. It’s up to the toy store employees to stand up against the angry mutants to save the toy store.
Casey Tebo directs this holiday satirical film that should be enjoyed this Thanksgiving, especially with the addition of Bruce Campbell as a horror icon.
The Black Man (2005)
Not set directly on Thanksgiving, but after the Thanksgiving break, this film explores the idea of a traditional Boogeyman or monster in the closet and the protagonist who must come face-to-face to defeat him. Barry Watson plays the protagonist who feels he must return to his childhood home, where his father was murdered by a black man 16 years earlier.
Stephen Kay directs this supernatural horror film which hit No. 1 in its opening weekend.
Poultrygeist: Night of the Dead Chicken (2006)
Perhaps the most ridiculous storyline for a horror film on the list, it’s only natural to save it for last. Lloyd Kaufmannco-founder of the Troma Entertainment film studio, he brings us exactly what you would expect from someone who created toxic avenger. This film is about a fast food chain built on top of a Native American cemetery. Chickens killed and rejected by the restaurant turn into zombie chickens and attack the workers. While not directly related to Thanksgiving, the chicken-themed storyline makes it perfect to watch after developing a food coma.
Oh, it’s also a musical, if that doesn’t make it a necessity to watch anymore.