Thanksgiving 2 | Eli Roth set to direct sequel

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Eli Roth will be giving thanks once more (in the bloodiest terms possible) as Thanksgiving 2, a sequel to his holiday-themed slasher, is announced.


Eli Roth’s Thanksgiving has been doing pretty well at the box office, picking up $30m. Perhaps most impressively, it only dropped 31 percent in its second weekend, which is a pretty shallow fall in admissions for a horror movie.

Perhaps that’s because that second weekend fell across Thanksgiving, the US holiday that the slasher film is focused on. It might be that reviews have been decent as well (here’s ours) but either way, TriStar Pictures seems pleased enough, as Deadline reports that a sequel to Thanksgiving has now been confirmed.

In the film currently showing in cinemas, ‘a Black Friday riot ends in tragedy, a mysterious Thanksgiving-inspired killer terrorises Plymouth, Massachusetts – the birthplace of the holiday.’

However, this isn’t Thanksgiving’s debut appearance: the film first appeared as one of the notorious fake trailers in the Robert Rodriguez/ Quentin Tarantino double feature, Grindhouse.

Of the fake trailers featured in Grindhouse, Machete memorably also became a ‘real’ film, also spawning a sequel, 2013’s Machete Kills. There was even talk of a third film set in space at one point, but it’s pretty remarkable that Grindhouse fake trailers continue to spawn new movies some 16 years after the fact.

Roth has a film adaptation of the video game shooter Borderlands coming next, but it looks like Thanksgiving 2 will follow that. The film has been slated for a 2025 release date. As you might expect, there’s no firm plot news or anything at the moment, but we’re going to guess that it’ll be roughly set around this time of year, and not every character you meet at the start of the film will be live and kicking by the end of it.

We’ll bring you more on this one as we hear it. For now, Thanksgiving the first is playing in cinemas around the UK for a while yet.

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