Help resurrect the fowl-mouthed killer turkey from the indie cult classic “ThanksKilling”! GOBBLE, GOBBLE, MOTHERF%@#ER! Read more
This project was successfully funded on August 6, 2011.
About this project
Gobble, Gobble & Welcome!
REWARD UPDATE: Now included in the $20 reward is a free copy of ThanksKilling! That's two movies (domestic shipping included) for $20 + you get the swag pack and turkey bashing as well. Backers who have already pledged $20 or more also get the free DVD. Artwork, special features, and exact date of shipping TBD. Thanks!!!
Who are we?
Hey everyone! We're Jordan Downey & Kevin Stewart. Old pals and collaborators. Jordan directs, Kevin shoots, and we both write together. As 20 year old college students in 2007, we set out to make the best damn "so bad it's good" cult movie... It's called ThanksKilling. We're here now to raise funds for an ambitious follow up, but this time around - we're dropping the "so bad it's good" and replacing it with "f'ing awesome"! Our intentions? Evil Dead 2 meets Labyrinth meets South Park! Do we sound crazy yet? Enjoy the page!
What is ThanksKilling?
A low-budget comedy/ horror flick about a killer turkey (cleverly named Turkie) who kills college dorks pun-by-pun during Thanksgiving break. Kevin and I shot it 4 years ago for a cost of merely $3,500. It's now one of the more popular genre movies on Netflix with 121,000+ ratings. Oh, and the tagline... Gobble, Gobble, Motherfu#%er!
Hip hop artist Kajmir Royale created the original ThanksKilling theme song:
Thanks to a fan who edited this, here's a clip of some the funniest scenes:
For more in-depth info on the movie and our story, check out:
Our rule with the first ThanksKilling? Comedy 1st, Horror 2nd. Same rule applies here, only amplified. We've planned an ambitious ThanksKilling Sequel with the same sense of humor on a larger scale! The plot is hush hush, but here's what to expect:
- GOOD OLE' COMEDY. And not because of a bad camera angle, horrid editing, or poor sound. We're aiming for an 80-min movie and the script is PACKED with laughs!!!
- PRACTICAL EFFECTS. Screw Turkie being CGI - FX guru Troy Smith is rebuilding a much more sophisticated puppet, capable of eye movements and facial expressions. Blood, Puppets, & Explosions!
- AND MOST IMPORTANTLY - A STORY DRIVEN BY CHARACTER AND THEME, NOT ONE FOCUSED ON THE EXPLOITATION OF GENRE CLICHES.
If you're a fan of the first, you'll love what comes next... But don't worry if you haven't seen the original as this new concept does not center around the events of part one.
Over the years, we've been lucky enough to meet a lot of really talented people. Putting those connections to use, we've assembled a dream team of brilliant minds and funny peeps to be a part of our project. Mike Will Downey scripts with us and filmmaker Ricky Fosheim will Produce. Here's the rest of our lineup:
- Sick Animation. Marc M, mastermind cartoonist & musician of all things warped and offensive, will voice one of the lead characters in the sequel! One of his latest cartoons, Big Ass Bear, was featured on Tosh.0. Visit Marc's Site.
- Amazing Super Powers. Web-comic experts Wes & Tony will animate a key sequence in the sequel. The two were responsible for an important "flashback" animation in the original ThanksKilling. Check out their web-comics!
- Slick Gigolo. Viral-video making duo Mike & Bridge will voice two additional characters introduced in the sequel. Mike & Bridge run Slick Gigolo, the troupe responsible for hit online videos We Are Douchebags and George Lucas Strikes Back. Check out the rest of their work here.
100 million homes... here we come! Because of the success of the first ThanksKilling and our relationship with the wonderful guys at Gravitas Ventures, we're fortunate enough to have already secured what most indie movies have to fight for down the road: DISTRIBUTION. Gravitas will release ThanksKilling on VOD (Video-On-Demand) in the fall of 2012 around that special holiday we're parodying. Platforms you'll see the sequel on?
- On Demand: Time Warner, Comcast, Cox, DirecTV, & more!
We're aiming for a limited theatrical run as well. There's a chance the exclusive Kickstarter DVD (which you get by pledging just 20 smackers) will be the only hard copy version released... Making it potentially very rare!
What will your money go towards?
Movie makin'! Every cent goes directly towards the sequel. That covers everything from insurance, cast and crew wages, location fees, mustache grooming, costumes, props, camera and lens rentals, production design, grip and electric package, post-production, marketing, and distribution.
As a backer of even just 1 buck, you'll have a direct hand in getting a movie made!
Thanks for givin' our page a looksey!
Turkie does not sleep. He does not roost, rest, or hibernate. He kills and cracks one-liners.
Yes. There's a greasy little doughnut shop nearby with gaudy colors that's quite inspiring.
Coffee, Thai food at least three times a week, a healthy dose of anything Matt Stone & Trey Parker, and copious amounts of heroine (that's the needle one right?)
Good question. Wait, what? I said, good question.
No, you should help us make the sequel, then watch the sequel.
Donate as much money to it as possible and the smell will go away.
It is not true, but it is the truth.
Kickstarter is an all or nothing fundraising service. If the full amount is not raised, we don't get a dime of it. We need your help to not let that happen!
Yes! We realize ThanksKilling appeals to a very niche crowd, and we aim to make the sequel more accessible to a wider audience. We'll be introducing a new set of characters to go with it!
"I'm gonna drink your blood like cranberry sauce!", "You just got stuffed!", and "I always come back for seconds!"
Winter 2011 in Los Angeles.
That was our approach with the original ThanksKilling, not this one. While we will keep a lot of the spirit from the original movie, the ThanksKilling Sequel carries a different approach: Comedy and horror that stems from quality writing and effects.
Movies and TV shows we admire with a similar tone? Meet the Feebles, Evil Dead 2, Wonder Showzen, Zombieland, Shaun of the Dead, Army of Darkness, Dead Ålive, Team America, and South Park.
We made the original movie for $3,500 because we didn't pay anybody and pulled a lot of favors. Now we're more experienced and want to make this movie the right way: by paying people and doing the script justice. With $100,000 we can have an elaborate set, a working animatronic turkey, and better gore effects among many other things. Don't be fooled - this is not going to be a watered down studio version of ThanksKilling - it will still keep a lot of the "low-budgetness" that added to the first one! Trust us, if you enjoyed ThanksKilling, you're gonna love the sequel!
We're taking ThanksKilling to an entirely new level!
A lot of places. Here's a few:
Hulu, Netflix, iTunes, Blockbuster Online, DISH online, Amazon Digital
We have always been big fans of cheesy horror movies. But we got disappointed too many times when we would go to our local Blockbuster and pick up what we thought were terrible horror gems. 99% of the time those movies were just unwatchable, and most importantly: boring! You'd be amazed by some of the concepts people TAKE SERIOUSLY! So we decided to take a stab at our own.
With $3500 to our names, we knew our options were extremely limited, so decided to let the lack of budget play a part in the story and movie itself. And with that, our goal was to make one of the best, most entertaining low-budget cheesy horror films ever. A lot of people would now agree that ThanksKilling is considered a "cult" film.
Unlike movies such as Birdemic, The Room, and Troll 2, we always intended to make ThanksKilling delightfully bad on purpose.
Paying bills. However we can.
Jordan has been working freelance in the lighting department on feature films and Kevin has been working freelance as a Director of Photography.
Every time we have a day off or a spare moment, we're back to work on our personal projects such as ThanksKilling 2.
Because they're pun to do!
Clearly, you can't.
Pledge $1 or more
And your name will be listed on Facebook and our future site as one of TURKIE'S BESTIES!
Pledge $5 or more
And get personally scolded by The Killer Turkey himself! On our future TK Sequel website and the DVD, we'll feature a video of the Turkey bashing each and every backer. Pledge $5 if you dare -- no one is safe from his beratement!
Pledge $20 or more
And be amongst the first to own the movie – Receive an exclusive AUTOGRAPHED DVD of the ThanksKilling Sequel before its official release! We promise this limited edition's artwork and packaging will kick some major tail feathers, so don’t miss out on pre-ordering the movie. You’ll also receive a TURKEY SWAG PACK that includes exclusive stickers, buttons, postcards, and more! (Free US shipping. Canada shipping, please add $5, intl please add $10)
Pledge $50 or more
And have your giblets rocked – You’ll receive the AUTOGRAPHED DVD, TURKEY SWAG PACK, and a THANKSKILLING T-SHIRT! But wait…pledge in the next…ah f@#k it…pledge whenever and you’ll also get a custom GRAVY FLAVORED CONDOM as referenced in the first movie. (Don’t worry, condom not actually gravy flavored…perhaps). (Free US shipping. Canada shipping, please add $5, intl please add $10)
Pledge $100 or more
And receive the ultimate plucking – Just one slightly easy payment gets you the AUTOGRAPHED DVD, TURKEY SWAG PACK, THANKSKILLING T-SHIRT, GRAVY FLAVORED CONDOM, and a FULL SIZED MOVIE POSTER for the mystery sequel! As one final bonus, we’ll even throw in a custom GGMF (“GOBBLE, GOBBLE, MOTHERF%@#ER”) BRACELET! (Free US shipping. Canada shipping, please add $5, intl please add $10)
Pledge $200 or more
And consider yourself a FOWL-MOUTHED PRODUCER like the best of 'em! Your name will scroll like no other in the end credits under the heading "Fowl-Mouthed Producers" and we'll even list you on IMDB, should you wish that upon your career. And since you've got a knack for profanity, we'll let you choose your FAVORITE SWEAR WORD to appear beside your name in the credits! Have fun with it -- "Nick Rubin: Butt Sniffer!" You'll also get stuffed with the DVD, T-Shirt, Poster, and all the swag listed above!
Pledge $300 or more
And TALK TURKEY with the ThanksKilling creators! Kevin and Jordan will hold a personal phone call or video chat with any backers, answering questions about the movie or the film industry and our experiences in general. Sound boring? Then lets chat about mall-walking, infomercials, or laundry detergent instead. We only deal with obnoxious producers so this reward gets you the FOWL-MOUTHED PRODUCER package as well as the DVD, T-Shirt, Poster, and Swag!
Pledge $500 or more
And open an early Thanksgiving present of TWO TICKETS to the CAST AND CREW SCREENING in Los Angeles (transportation and accommodations not provided). These tickets are light as a feather, but carry an immense amount of fun! Come hang out with the creators and stick around for a Q&A and one-on-one time with the bizarre forces behind ThanksKilling! Also included is the FOWL-MOUTHED PRODUCER deal and all the rewards prior!
Pledge $1,000 or more
And GET KILLED ON-SCREEN by THE KILLER TURKEY! That's right -- we'll give you an on-screen death in the ThanksKilling Sequel at the hands of the fowl-mouthed villain himself. This is the moment your parents have been raising you for! Now we can't promise how elaborate your death will be, as sometimes all it takes is a quick slice and dice... But you'll also get professionally taken pictures of yourself in gore make-up, alongside the Turkey, and with the cast and crew! Transportation and accommodations to set not included, but when you arrive we'll be sure to greet you with your very own THANKSKILLING CAST/CREW T-SHIRT!
Pledge $2,000 or more
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SPIRIT OF THE TURKEY MOVIE PROPS! Own the original, screen used TALISMAN NECKLACE that the turkey wore in the original ThanksKilling as well as the miniature prop TOTEM POLE that was pissed on to awaken the turkey. Each prop comes encased with a certificate of authenticity. You'll also get every single reward prior!
Pledge $5,000 or more
And become an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER of the ThanksKilling Sequel! Your name will appear in the OPENING CREDITS and you'll be invited to visit the set during production and editing sessions during post (transportation and accommodations not provided). You'll also be one of THE FIRST to see the trailers, marketing materials, finished film, and to hold your own copy. This is the ultimate exclusive behind-the-scenes perk to go with every previous reward (except movie props) you'll get as well!
And for the first time ever -- CHOOSE WHEN YOU WANT THANKSGIVING! You pick the time, date, and location...and we bring you this -- the ULTIMATE THANKSKILLING PARTAAAAY! Available cast & crew will come to your hometown, office, frat house, church (uh, yeah), etc for a PRIVATE SCREENING, Q&A, and THANKSGIVING FEAST! Gather everyone from your high school or college to raise the money to get us there, and we'll bring tons of prizes and help pack the house! This would be an absolute blast!
- (90 days)