If you anticipated a shortage of violence and gore in the upcoming slasher Thanksgiving, think again. Director Eli Roth assures fans that Thanksgiving will carry a solid “hard-R” rating.
In an interview with SFX magazine via GamesRadar+, Roth expressed his satisfaction with the R-rated cut, emphasizing that it encompasses everything he desires. Unrestricted by limitations, Roth believes it resides comfortably at the extreme end of the hard-R spectrum, ensuring that the theatrical release mirrors his unbridled director’s vision.
Known for his unapologetic approach to blood and death in films like Cabin Fever, Hostel, and The Green Inferno, Roth maintains his commitment to pushing cinematic boundaries. In Thanksgiving, he revels in orchestrating brutal kills, asserting, “The kills have to be incredibly satisfying. It has to be really scary and really fun.” Despite some initial reactions suggesting they may have pushed the limits too far, Roth remains undeterred in delivering an intense and visceral experience.
Eli Roth’s Thanksgiving unfolds its grim narrative after a Black Friday riot culminates in tragedy, setting the stage for a Thanksgiving-inspired killer to unleash terror upon Plymouth, Massachusetts—the very birthplace of the holiday. As the mysterious murderer picks off residents one by one, what begins as seemingly random revenge killings unravels into a larger, more sinister holiday plan. Will the town unveil the identity of the killer and survive the holidays, or will they unwittingly become guests at his twisted holiday dinner table?
Headlining Thanksgiving is Patrick Dempsey, who takes on the role of the town sheriff determined to apprehend the elusive killer. The ensemble cast features the likes of Addison Rae, Milo Manheim, Jalen Thomas Brooks, Nell Verlaque, Rick Hoffman, and Gina Gershon.
This thrilling cinematic venture, directed by Roth and penned by Jeff Rendell, draws inspiration from Roth’s fake movie trailer created for 2007’s Grindhouse, a collaboration between Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino. Thanksgiving, a culmination of Roth and Rendell’s creative collaboration, is set to hit theaters on November 17, 2023, promising a spine-chilling experience for horror enthusiasts.