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Posted on: August 20th, 2023

It’s been quite a while since we’ve had an update on Eli Roth’s long-awaited slasher movie Thanksgiving. In fact, we’ve heard next-to-nothing since the project wrapped filming in May. But now we have a little titbit for you!

It seems the film has been tested before an audience this past week, meaning we are one step closer to that sweet promotional material beginning to drop.

What of the test screening, I hear you ask? It appears the film was met with a largely positive response from those in attendance. A source tells us that praise went to the movie’s gore effects and performances, particularly that of Patrick Dempsey.

However, we did say a “largely” positive response, as there was one thing the test audience agreed could be improved. According to our source, the film’s third act was described as “weak” by some, and let down an otherwise enjoyable slasher movie.

So, what does this mean for Thanksgiving? Well, this feedback could result in a round of reshoots to raise the stakes a little in that vital third act. We are still over 3 months away from the movie’s November 17th release date, meaning there is plenty of time for some last-minute pick-ups.

Thanksgiving is Roth’s highly anticipated feature adaption of his slasher trailer of the same name that captured audience’s imagination when screened as part of Quentin Tarantino’s Grindhouse. The movie details a serial killer terrorizing a small Massachusetts town during their annual Thanksgiving parade. With a cast including Patrick Dempsey, Addison Rae, Gina Gershon and Milo Manheim, fans are eager for this feature-length gore-fest.

Hopefully a round of reshoots won’t delay the planned release, and we’re told to expect the first trailer very soon… Watch this space!

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