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--> ''This is one turkey you will not be giving thanks for!''

'''''[=ThanksKilling=]''''' (also known as '''''Death Turkey''''') is a comedy-slasher film released in 2009.

In 1621, after being slighted by pilgrim Chuck Langston, skilled shaman Feathercloud used powerful necromancy to resurrect a turkey as a monster, which proceeded to massacre the pilgrims on the first UsefulNotes/ThanksgivingDay, before entering a state of hibernation.

Five-hundred and five years later, college student Kristen Roud and her friends - Johnny, Ali, Darren and Billy (who is descended from Langston) - are heading to their respective homes for Thanksgiving break, just as the evil turkey wakes up, killing a dog who found him in the process. Pursued by the dog's revenge obsessed owner, Oscar, the turkey embarks on a killing spree, intent on wiping out Kristen, her friends, and everyone else he comes across.

!! This film provides examples of the following tropes:

* AerosolFlamethrower: Kristen uses one to set the turkey on fire.
* AllWomenArePrudes: Ali is a self-proclaimed one, but she is an idiot, and the others are quick to point out she is, in fact, a slut.
* AmicablyDivorced: Sheriff Roud seems pretty unfazed by his wife's request for a divorce:
--> '''Sheriff Roud:''' "Goddamn Sheryl! That coffee tastes like shit! What you do, take a dump in it?"
--> '''Sheryl:''' "As a matter of fact, I sure did. I want a fuckin' divorce!"
--> '''Sheriff Roud:''' "... Awright then."
* AnAxeToGrind: The turkey kills Oscar's dog, and the pilgrim in the opening (plus another in a flashback) with one.
* AnythingThatMoves: A motorist stops for the turkey due to wanting to have sex with it.
* AsideGlance: By the turkey, repeatedly.
* AttackOfTheKillerWhatever
* BadassMoustache: Chuck Langston had one.
* BatterUp: Kristen uses one against the turkey.
* BeatStillMyHeart: Darren's death.
* BigBad: The Turkey
* BigDamnHeroes: Oscar showing up to blast the turkey as it flees its tipi. It gets better, though.
* BigEater: Billy.
* BigOlEyeBrows: The turkey, in his origin flashback.
* BiggerOnTheInside: The turkey's tipi.
* BittersweetEnding: At least Johnny's dad died thinking his son [[SoProudOfYou was a football star again]].
* BlahBlahBlah: The turkey's response to the group reading the demonic saying meant to rob him of his powers, until it actually starts effecting him.
* BloodFromTheMouth: Johnny's death (he was stabbed with an electric carving, but it never really focuses on the wound itself).
* BondOneLiner
* BoomHeadshot: The turkey blows a guy's head off with a shotgun, and later sustains a gunshot wound to the face courtesy of Oscar.
* BrainlessBeauty: Ali.
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: Feathercloud's tipi had several dead animals hanging in it... along with a severed penis.
* BrokenHeel: The pilgrim in the opening trips on a rock.
* CassandraTruth: Kristen, initially.
* ChaseScene: The film opens with one.
* ChestBurster: Billy's death.
* CloudCuckooLander: Sheriff Roud.
* ClusterFBomb
* ContrivedCoincidence: Sheriff Roud having one of the books about the killer turkey legend lying around.
* CrazyPrepared: Johnny sees himself as this, just because he happened to have some rope and a lighter on hand.
* DaylightHorror: The beginning, and when the turkey is hitchhiking.
* DeathBySex: The guy who wanted to have sex with the turkey, and Greg and Ali.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: Johnny reminiscing about his father playing football with him, plus the turkey's origin flashback.
* DevelopingDoomedCharacters
* DontExplainTheJoke: "Well, I took this here axe, and I axe-ciddentally cut him. Get it? Axe-ccident!"
* DontGoInTheWoods
* DramaticUnmask: The turkey taking off Sheriff Rouds's severed face is treated this way.
* EyeScream: Johnny's mother's body is missing the eyes.
* FanService: The film opens with a topless female pilgrim being chased through the forest.
* FanServiceExtra: Said pilgrim.
* FatIdiot: Billy.
* FauxAffablyEvil: The turkey.
* FeatheredFiend
* FinalGirl: Kristen.
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero: Kristen.
** TheLancer: Johnny.
** TheBigGuy: Billy.
** TheSmartGuy: Darren.
** TheChick: Ali.
* FlashbackEffects: The turkey's origin is shown via a black and white animated sequence.
* FlippingTheBird: Done by Johnny to Billy.
* FlyAtTheCameraEnding: The turkey leaps at it.
* {{Gasshole}}: Johnny's father, Bill.
* GigglingVillain: The turkey.
* TheGlassesComeOff: Darren, after Billy's death.
* GoIntoTheLight: As he's dying, Darren hallucinates Billy telling him this.
* GoKartingWithBowser: The turkey manages to have a casual conversation with the sheriff [[PaperThinDisguise while wearing a disguise.]] [[BerserkButton At least until he mistakes him for a duck.]]
* {{Gorn}}
* GoryDiscretionShot: The turkey killing Oscar's dog.
* GratuitousRape
* GrossUpCloseUp: Done several times, most prominently with Billy's spilt innards.
* HammerSpace: Where does the turkey keep those weapons?
* TheHedonist: Chuck Langston is heavily implied to have been one.
* HollywoodNewEngland: Apparently.
* HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday
* TheHunter: Oscar.
* IDrankWhat: Sheriff Rouds drinks coffee that tastes like shit. [[{{Squick}} For obvious reasons...]]
* IHaveAFamily: Said by a guy the turkey holds at gunpoint. To be a dick, the turkey forces him to call his daughter, then kills him.
* ILoveNuclearPower: After being shot in the head, the turkey is revived by radioactive waste contained by the dumpster he lands in.
* ImMelting: The turkey's [[LargeHam overblown]] reaction to being set on fire.
* ImmuneToBullets: The turkey.
* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: Done by the turkey, via wearing Sheriff Rouds's face like a mask.
* ImprovisedWeapon: The turkey at one point stabs someone in the ass with a meat thermometer.
* IncomingHam:
--> '''The Turkey:''' "Nice tits, bitch!"
* IncrediblyLamePun: The turkey delivers these on a regular basis.
* InformedSpecies: The turkey looks like a vulture.
* ItsAllMyFault: Said by Johnny.
* KickTheDog: The turkey hacks Oscar's dog to bits, rips open a baby bunny and throws it into a fire, and forces a guy to call his daughter before killing him. Goddamn.
* KillEmAll: Almost all the main and supporting characters end up dead by the end of the film.
* KilledMidSentence: The motorist who picks up the turkey.
* KillItWithFire: Apparently the best method of disposing of the turkey.
* KnifeNut
* LargeHam: The turkey, despite being a puppet.
* LoudGulp: Done by Oscar's dog after it stumbles across the turkey.
* LoudOfWar: When Kristen screams when she first encounters the turkey, it evidently causes him some distress.
* LovableJock: Johnny.
* MagicalNativeAmerican
* MathematiciansAnswer:
--> '''Johnny:''' "But, we gave your people land, and we let you have casinos. Doesn't that make up for what out ancestors did?"
--> '''The Turkey:''' "It almost did... but it didn't."
* MeatOVision: A hungry Billy hallucinates the turkey is a cartoony-looking cooked one, and somehow eats it whole. [[ChestBurster This does not end well]].
* MobileMenace: So it turns out [[MindScrew the turkey can drive]].
* MrExposition: Darren.
* MyCarHatesMe: The jeep briefly breaks down, forcing the main characters to camp out for the night.
* NamesTheSame: In-universe, we have group member Billy, and Johnny's father Bill.
* NeckSnap: Ali's death.
* {{Nerd}}: Darren.
* NiceHat: One of the family members in the ending is wearing a rather fabulous turkey-shaped hat.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Turkeys and radioactive waste apparently mix rather well. Thanks for showing us, Oscar.
* NoBudget: $3,500
* NoNameGiven: The filmmakers toyed with the idea of giving the turkey a name, but were unable to decide on one, and ended up just settling for "the Killer Tuckey".
* NoodleIncident: Whatever it was Langston did to offend Feathercloud.
* NotQuiteDead
* OddFriendship: Billy (redneck) and Darren (nerd).
* OffWithHisHead: Bill and a pilgrim (in a flashback).
* OhCrap: The turkey's reaction to being confronted by a shotgun-wielding Oscar, and later right before Kristen sets him on fire.
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: The turkey is implied to be one.
* OurMonstersAreWeird
* PaperThinDisguise: The turkey tricks Sheriff Roud with Groucho Marx glasses, and a few minutes later tricks everyone else by wearing the sheriff's face and hat.
* PeekABooCorpse: Johnny coming across his mother's strung up body.
* ThePigPen: Billy.
* PoliceAreUseless: There's only one cop in the film, and he's a dumbass.
* PowerSource: The turkey's talisman. Taking it, and chanting a demonic saying backwards, will remove his invulnerability.
* PreMortemOneLiner
* PungeonMaster: The turkey.
* BlackComedyRape: After killing Ali's boyfriend mid-coitus, the turkey picks up where he left off:
--> "You just got stuffed!"
* ReactionShot
* ReallyDeadMontage: Used for Billy's death.
* RecycledInSpace: "To be continued... ''IN SPACE!''"
* RegularlyScheduledEvil: The turkey roams the Earth every five-hundred and five years.
* RightThroughHisPants: Ali and Greg's sex scene.
* RuleOfThree: Attempted with the [=JonBenet=] Ramsey joke, but Billy bungles it the third time.
* ScreamDiscretionShot: Screams, presumably made by more pilgrims, can be heard coming from the direction the one in the opening is running from. Said pilgrim's death, and Sheriff Roud's, are also handled this way.
* SequelHook: The now cooked turkey comes back to life in the middle of a family's Thanksgiving dinner.
--> "Do I smell sequel!?"
** BIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATCH.
* ShakyPOVCam: The turkey's POV is purple tinted.
* TheSheriff: Roud.
* ShirtlessScene: Provided by [[FanDisservice Billy]] early on.
* SicklyGreenGlow: The turkey develops one after being exposed to radioactive waste.
* SkywardScream: When Oscar is raging over the loss of his dog at the feathers of the turkey.
* SlashedThroat: Greg and Johnny's mother's deaths.
* ThanksgivingDayStory
* TimeCompressionMontage: When the group are looking for a book about the turkey legend.
* TitleDrop: "It's a pretty famous story. Turkeyologists all over the world know it as... Thankskilling."
* TitleIn: "The year is 1621, [[CaptainObvious the olden days]]."
* ToiletHumor: Oh god...
* TongueTrauma: The turkey rips out Darren's tongue.
* TooDumbToLive: Everyone in the entire film. Forget the FridgeLogic of the characters not being freaked out by the fact that the turkey ''talks'', the kids can't even tell the difference when the turkey is [[PaperThinDisguise masquerading as the Sherrif]]--and one of the kids happens to be the Sheriff's ''daughter''.
* TotallyRadical: When Darren is describing what he wants to do during the break.
* ManOnFire
* FishOutOfWater: Averted.
* TurnOfTheMillennium
* TheUndead: The turkey was created through necromancy, so he presumably counts.
* {{Undercrank}}: Used when the gang meet up outside the school.
* UnusualEuphemism: "Pink pumpkin pie."
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: The turkey.
* UrineTrouble: Oscar's dog pees on the turkey. [[IncrediblyLamePun He gets pissed.]]
* VillainsOutShopping: The turkey is shown preparing a salad in his tipi.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Johnny and his father have a pretty cruddy relationship, since Johnny is no longer a star football player.
* WhyWontYouDie: Said by Darren to the turkey, right before it kills him.
* WorldOfHam
* WritersCannotDoMath: The turkey was created circa 1621, and awakens every five-hundred and five years. That would mean the main events of the film take place somewhere around the early 2100s.
* YourCheatingHeart: Ali has a boyfriend, but that doesn't stop her from continually making it clear she wants to get it on with Johnny.
* YourMom:
--> '''Darren:''' "So guys, I was thinking, y'know, since it's Thanksgiving and all, that we should go around and say what we're thankful for."
--> '''Billy:''' "I'm thankful that your mom has the juiciest poon in town."

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