Eli Roth’s Grisly Glory: Crafting Killer Scenes in ‘Thanksgiving’

GLOBAL RELEASE—At the core of any slasher film lies its gruesome kills, and Eli Roth, hailed as the maestro of the genre, spared no effort in ensuring that “Thanksgiving” showcased his pinnacle work.

“Every kill had to meet our standards of scare and gore,” emphasizes the director, who felt the pressure to exceed his own earlier work when creating a fake Thanksgiving movie trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s Grindhouse double-feature. Collaborating with prosthetics genius Adrien Morot, Roth aimed to outdo himself with each meticulously crafted and realistic head and body part.

For Roth, making a horror movie is a tribute to the genre’s giants, a quest to enter the pantheon of horror greats with every death scene. Recognizing a special kill involves invoking a visceral reaction, and Roth’s high tolerance for gore serves as a litmus test.

A mysterious Thanksgiving-inspired killer terrorizes Plymouth, Massachusetts in TriStar Pictures and Spyglass Media Group, LLC THANKSGIVING

Image Courtesy of Columbia Pictures.

Images Courtesy of Columbia Pictures.

Filming a classic kill becomes a nerve-wracking yet exhilarating responsibility, with Roth admitting, “I’m always most excited on a day when we’re filming a kill scene.”

As the blood-soaked tale unfolds, “Thanksgiving,” starring Patrick Dempsey, promises to introduce a new horror legend when it hits cinemas on November 22.