Eli Roth’s THANKSGIVING Hits Theaters Just In Time For Thanksgiving

The filmmaker’s long-awaited slasher based on his GRINDHOUSE trailer is coming.

By Ryan Scott · @RyanScottWrites · April 4, 2023, 3:53 PM EDT
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Sony/TriStar and Spyglass Entertainment are wasting precisely zero time in getting a long-awaited horror flick in front of our eyeballs. Eli Roth, director of films such as Cabin Fever and Hostel, is currently in production on his latest movie Thanksgiving. It is the long-awaited feature version of a trailer that was attached to Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s Grindhouse way back in 2007, which pitched a slasher flick set against the backdrop of the holiday in question. Well, it turns out we are actually going to get to watch the movie around the Thanksgiving holiday this year.

As reported by Deadline, Eli Roth’s Thanksgiving is due to hit theaters on November 17 of this year. This, despite the fact that Roth also has Borderlands in post-production, while this movie only started filming a few weeks ago. Despite the quick turnaround, Sony has put the date on the calendar and expects to have this one on the big screen in time for the holiday season. Jeff Rendell penned the screenplay with Roth. Both of them are on board as producers as well, alongside Roger Birnbaum, with Greg Denny, Gary Barber, Peter Oillataguerre and Kate Harrison set as executive producers.


Plot details for the film have yet to be revealed, but the original trailer (which you can watch here) focused on a small town that takes Thanksgiving very seriously. Things get bloody when a mysterious killer starts hacking up people in almost hilariously gruesome fashion. The cast for the film includes Patrick Dempsey, Nell Verlaque, Addison Rae, Jalen Thomas Brooks, Milo Manheim, Gina Gershon, Tim Dillon and Rick Hoffman. Yes, as in Scream 3’s Patrick Dempsey and TikTok star Addison Rae. It’s an interesting cast, to say the very least of it.


Unfortunately for Roth and Sony, it won’t be easy sailing on that date. As it stands, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, a prequel to the hit YA franchise, as well as Trolls Band Together are both set to open on that same weekend. So this odd horror film is going to have to go up against two big franchises. It could work as counterprogramming though, depending on how things shake out. It’s also possible one of these films could move away from the date between now and then. We’ll see how it shakes it. Either way, after 16 years, this is finally happening and happening fast.

Look for Thanksgiving in theaters on November 17.