Warning: This text comprises spoilers for Thanksgiving (2023).
Director Eli Roth’s new horror-comedy, Thanksgiving, ends as all slasher films ought to: With just a few last-minute twists. Its third act follows the movie’s protagonist, Jessica (Nell Verlaque), as she escapes a horrifying ceremonial dinner bloodbath orchestrated by Thanksgiving‘s masked killer and makes it to a close-by warehouse. As soon as there, she discovers her city’s sheriff, Eric Newlon (Patrick Dempsey), mendacity unconscious close to his patrol automotive and, shortly thereafter, watches by means of one of many close by warehouse’s home windows as her ex-boyfriend, Bobby (Jalen Thomas Brooks), takes off the identical masks worn by her murderous pursuer.
Assuming the worst, Jessica groups up with Sheriff Newlon to attempt to take Bobby, down just for the latter to flee. Newlon calls in backup and a manhunt for Bobby begins. Nevertheless, simply when it looks like Jessica has efficiently saved the lives of her father and several other of her remaining mates, she notices a number of the similar burrs caught to Newlon’s boots that bought caught to her personal legs as she ran away from the movie’s masked slasher solely an hour or so earlier. Sadly, it doesn’t take lengthy for Newlon to note the burrs on his boots and deduce that Jessica has realized that he’s, in reality, the killer that has been concentrating on her and her mates for the previous few days.
Trapping Jessica in a secluded room with him, Newlon reveals that his secret lover, Amanda Collins (Gina Gershon), was one of many victims of the earlier yr’s Black Friday bloodbath. The incident was the direct results of not solely gross negligence on the a part of Jessica’s wealthy father, Thomas (Rick Hoffman), but in addition the immature habits of her and her mates. In case that wasn’t dangerous sufficient, Newlon additional reveals that Amanda was pregnant along with his child when she was killed. Jessica, for her half, realizes that Newlon had been utilizing his place because the city’s sheriff to get as a lot info from her as he may about everybody liable for Amanda’s loss of life.
After Jessica escaped his ugly Thanksgiving ceremony, Newlon deliberate on framing Bobby, whom he’d beforehand kidnapped and drugged, for all of his crimes. When he’s simply on the verge of killing her and ending his plan, nevertheless, Jessica reveals that she’s been secretly live-streaming his confession. Enraged, Newlon costs at Jessica solely to be hit by a hammer thrown by means of the room’s window by Bobby, who rushes in and saves his ex-girlfriend.
As the 2 youngsters try to get out of the warehouse alive, they’re stalked by an ax-wielding Newlon, who comes dangerously shut a number of occasions to slicing each of their lives brief. Jessica, fortunately, manages to make use of the flammable gasoline in a close-by inflatable turkey and the gunpowder of an vintage, pilgrim-era musket to blindside Newlon with a devastating explosion. Hours later, Jessica is reunited together with her surviving family and friends members, and it looks like every thing has ended in addition to potential for Thanksgiving’s remaining would-be victims. That’s, a minimum of, till the movie serves up one remaining, tried-and-true horror film twist.
As Jessica and Bobby sit in an ambulance outdoors the warehouse the place they confronted off with Newlon, she overhears a few firefighters word that they didn’t discover a single physique inside the constructing’s charred stays. Roth emphasizes this reveal with a shot of a masked firefighter strolling away from the warehouse — seemingly implying that Dempsey’s Sheriff Newlon can be again to unleash extra violence sooner or later. Later that evening, Jessica wakes up from a nightmare by which she’s attacked by Newlon’s burning physique. The purposefully open-ended second means that she, like Thanksgiving’s presumably still-alive villain, gained’t be stress-free or resting anytime quickly.
The movie, in different phrases, not solely units the stage for it to be the primary installment of a brand new horror franchise, however it additionally leaves lots on the desk for a possible sequel. In fact, whether or not or not Thanksgiving’s story will ever truly be continued stays to be seen.
Thanksgiving is now enjoying in theaters.