‘The first movie to skip its own sequel’
ThanksKilling 3 is a 2012 American comedy science fiction horror film directed by Jordan Downey (shorts: Critters: Bounty Hunter; Craw Lake; Hackjob) from a screenplay co-written with Mike Will Downey and Kevin Stewart. It is a direct sequel to ThanksKilling (2008) as there is no ThanksKilling 2.
Unlike the original film’s paltry (ahem) budget of just $3,500, the sequel’s grandiose $112,248 budget was raised on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter.
The movie stars Daniel Usaj, Joe Hartzler, Preston Altree, Wanda Lust, Christina Blevins. Director Jordan Downey provided the voice of Turkie and three other puppet characters.
Fowl-mouthed villain Turkie is back and hacking his way to find the last copy of “ThanksKilling 2” which has landed in the hands of a group of disturbingly crude puppets.
The death toll rises as Turkie carves through the likes of Flowis the rapping grandma, Rhonda the bisexual space worm, Yomi the puppet in search of her mind, and their equally ridiculous friends who all travel through fantastical settings such as the FeatherWorld and Turkey Hell…
“Perhaps in a sublimely drug-induced state this film will make perfect sense as a rendition of alternate reality with a killer bird and puppet granny with aspirations to be a rap star. It seems pretty clear that there was at least some herbal enhancement needed to concoct this insane story and the characters who play it out. Even without the benefit of a bong, though, ThanksKilling 3 can keep you entertained. Sometimes horrible is actually good, and stupidity can come across as semi-brilliant.” HorrorFreak News
“The plot is as hard to grasp in full as it makes little sense, the effects are deliberately primitive, there’s much crude humour in there and not everything might be entirely “in good taste” – and the film is also lots of fun, your typical party movie with endless possibilities to play drinking games to it, fowl language, a disregard to conclusive storytelling to not distract the audience too much, and so on and so forth.” Search My Trash
” …there are many embarrassing moments where it tries and fails to bring South Park style humor into its limp shenanigans. It also taunts itself as being a raunchy puppet film but it comes nowhere near the debauchery and violence of Meet the Feebles, which predates it by 23 years. There are some worthwhile moments here though, including some trippy scenes accompanied by a surprising excellent electro-score.” Tavern of Terror
” …while the budget here may be (considerably) higher than the first time around, fear not! Everything looks as cheap as ever — maybe even cheaper, if such a thing is humanly possible. And we even get glimpses of places called FeatherWorld and Turkey Hell. Honestly, what’s not to love? I admit, some of the charm (if that’s the word we’re looking for) of the first film is lost here…” Trash Film Guru
“The story, though weird, isn’t too bad. It goes off the rails and doesn’t have much cohesion but it works in an odd sort of way. The film and visual styles also jump around quite a bit. It goes from live-action to animated to early 90’s video game without warning. The live-action scenes don’t even stay within the same style; it’ll be serious one minute, then a raver acid trip complete with wild colors and techno music the next.” Undead Review
“What separated ThanksKilling 3 from ThanksKilling was a once missing sense of individuality, transforming from unwatchable horror crapfest to one of a kind horror/comedy volcano of confusing hilarity. With a bigger budget, Downey is at least able to polish his turd … Downey also threw in cult references into the script for people to chuckle at, at least making the film more fun and enjoyable for horror fans and pop culture fans alike.” We Got This Covered
“It feels like a bunch of braindead, foul-mouthed frat-boys with way too much time on their hands making a fantasy puppet movie in the vein of Labyrinth, except that it’s like a juvenile version of Charles E. Cullen and is endlessly dull instead of entertaining […] despite all the unpredictable craziness, the braindead script, endless unfunny dialog and silly voices make this a torturous watch. It wears out its welcome after 5 minutes and then you have 95 more minutes to suffer through.” The Worldwide Celluloid Massacre