Z's Thanksgiving Horror Movie List

by tankfreak | created - 6 months ago | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public

A list of horror, thriller, and sci-fi movies that take place over Thanksgiving. Because there aren't very many and a lot of these only have one scene during Thanksgiving, I've also tacked on a few Thanksgiving themed episodes from various horror series as well.

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1. Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County (1998 TV Movie)

93 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

After a mysterious blackout, a son goes out to investigate and captures footage of actual aliens. When the aliens follow him and his brothers back to their home, all hell breaks loose.

Director: Dean Alioto | Stars: Benz Antoine, Kristian Ayre, Gillian Barber, Michael Buie

Votes: 3,159

2. Blood Freak (1972)

X | 86 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A biker comes upon a girl with a flat tire and offers her a ride home. He winds up at a drug party with the girl's sister, then follows her to a turkey farm owned by her father, a mad ... See full summary »

Directors: Brad F. Grinter, Steve Hawkes | Stars: Steve Hawkes, Dana Cullivan, Randy Grinter, Heather Hughes

Votes: 1,411

3. Blood Rage (1987)

R | 82 min | Horror

As kids, Todd is institutionalized for a murder whilst his twin goes free. 10 years later, on Thanksgiving, Todd escapes and a killing spree begins in his neighborhood.

Director: John Grissmer | Stars: Louise Lasser, Mark Soper, Julie Gordon, Jayne Bentzen

Votes: 3,216

4. Boogeyman (2005)

PG-13 | 89 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

32 Metascore

A young man tries to deal with the childhood terror that has never stopped haunting him.

Director: Stephen Kay | Stars: Barry Watson, Emily Deschanel, Lucy Lawless, Skye McCole Bartusiak

Votes: 29,197 | Gross: $46.75M

5. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
Episode: Pangs (1999)

TV-PG | 43 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

On Thanksgiving, Buffy encounters the spirit of a Native American warrior whose people were wiped out by settlers.

Director: Michael Lange | Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters

Votes: 2,569

6. Christine (1983)

R | 110 min | Horror, Thriller

57 Metascore

A nerdish boy buys a strange car with an evil mind of its own and his nature starts to change to reflect it.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Keith Gordon, John Stockwell, Alexandra Paul, Robert Prosky

Votes: 68,272 | Gross: $21.20M

7. Deadfall (2012)

R | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

52 Metascore

A thriller that follows two siblings who decide to fend for themselves in the wake of a botched casino heist, and their unlikely reunion during another family's Thanksgiving celebration.

Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky | Stars: Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde, Charlie Hunnam, Sissy Spacek

Votes: 37,374 | Gross: $0.07M

8. Deadly Friend (1986)

R | 91 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

44 Metascore

After his friend is killed by her abusive father, the new kid in town attempts to save her by implanting robotic microchips into her brain.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Matthew Labyorteaux, Kristy Swanson, Michael Sharrett, Anne Twomey

Votes: 6,443 | Gross: $8.99M

9. Death on Demand (2008)

R | 90 min | Horror

Twenty years ago Sean McIntyre murdered his family then hung himself on Thanksgiving day. For tonight's webcast he's just warming up.

Director: Adam Matalon | Stars: Jerry Broome, Suzannah Lawson Matalon, Bridget Megan Clark, Daphne Ciccarelle

Votes: 425

10. Don't Look (I) (2018)

71 min | Horror

In the tradition of classic horror movies, "Don't Look" is the story of five friends who leave NYC for a weekend they'll never forget.

Director: Luciana Faulhaber | Stars: Luciana Faulhaber, Jeff Berg, Jarrod Robbins, Hailey Heisick

Votes: 214

11. Ghost Note (2017)

105 min | Horror, Thriller

An immortal blues musician terrorizes childhood sweethearts reunited over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Director: Troy Hart | Stars: Alicia Underwood, Justin Duncan, Kenny Gardner, Allyn Carrell

Votes: 710

12. Home Movie (II) (2008)

R | 77 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

In the remote woods of Upstate New York, David and Clare Poe are attempting to live an idyllic life. However, their twin children's bizarre behavior might just tear the family apart.

Director: Christopher Denham | Stars: Adrian Pasdar, Cady McClain, Amber Joy Williams, Austin Williams

Votes: 4,084

13. Home Sweet Home (1981)

Not Rated | 85 min | Horror

An escaped mental patient steals a station wagon and makes his way to the Bradleys' Thanksgiving celebration, where he plans to make them a little less thankful...

Director: Nettie Peña | Stars: Jake Steinfeld, Vinessa Shaw, Peter De Paula, Don Edmonds

Votes: 595

14. Intensity (1997 TV Movie)

186 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

Chyna Shepherd is a twenty-six-year-old psychology student who survived an extremely troubled past. While visiting Laura Templeton's house, a farm in the Napa Valley, a serial killer named ... See full summary »

Director: Yves Simoneau | Stars: John C. McGinley, Molly Parker, Blu Mankuma, Lori Triolo

Votes: 1,802

15. Kristy (2014)

Not Rated | 86 min | Horror, Thriller

When a college girl who is alone on campus over the Thanksgiving break is targeted by a group of outcasts, she must conquer her deepest fears to outwit them and fight back.

Director: Olly Blackburn | Stars: Haley Bennett, Ashley Greene, Lucas Till, Chris Coy

Votes: 7,073

16. Séance (2006)

R | 88 min | Horror

In an attempt to rid their dorm of a troublesome little girl ghost a group of college students inadvertently bring back the little girl's killer.

Director: Mark L. Smith | Stars: Bridget Shergalis, Tori White, Chauntal Lewis, Kandis Fay

Votes: 792

17. Thanksgiving (II) (2007)

2 min | Short, Comedy, Horror

Parody of the thrillers movie trailers.

Director: Eli Roth | Stars: Mark Bakunas, Vendula Bednarova, Chris Briggs, Daniel Frisch

Votes: 274

18. ThanksKilling (2009)

Not Rated | 70 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

A homicidal turkey axes off college kids during Thanksgiving break.

Director: Jordan Downey | Stars: Wanda Lust, Natasha Cordova, Lindsey Anderson, Lance Predmore

Votes: 3,877

19. ThanksKilling 3 (2012)

Not Rated | 99 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

Fowl-mouthed villain Turkie carves through the likes of a rapping grandma, a mindless puppet, a wig-wearing inventor, a bisexual space worm, and their equally ridiculous friends on his quest to recover the last copy of "ThanksKilling 2".

Director: Jordan Downey | Stars: Daniel Usaj, Joe Hartzler, Preston Altree, Benjamin Siemon

Votes: 811

20. ThanXgiving (2006)

Not Rated | 86 min | Horror

A group of film students travel deep into the woods to make a movie, thinking that they've found the perfect location in the form of an abandoned campground.

Director: Bobby Ray Akers Jr. | Stars: Ari Lehman, Suki Peters, Jaxon Stanford, Forrest Boston

Votes: 73

21. You Better Watch Out! (2013)

95 min | Horror

From the dark and twisted imaginations of Jay Byrne and Michael Welch comes a brand new holiday themed anthology film. The Storytellers are gathering on Thanksgiving for their yearly get ... See full summary »

Directors: Jason Byrne, Michael Welch | Stars: Vinnie Alley, Jason Byrne, David Civitarese, Keith Cooper

Votes: 10

22. The Munsters (1964–1966)
Episode: Low-Cal Munster (1964)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Herman is invited to a reunion of his old army outfit but finds himself unable to fit into his old uniform. Lily will only allow him to go only if he goes on a diet. When Dr. Dudley tells ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Abbott | Stars: Yvonne De Carlo, Al Lewis, Beverley Owen, Butch Patrick

Votes: 160

23. Into the Dark (2018– )
Episode: Pilgrim (2019)

TV-MA | Horror, Thriller

A woman invites re-enactors to produce an authentic first Thanksgiving for her family and friends. However, things take an unexpected turn when the actors refuse to break character.

Director: Marcus Dunstan | Stars: Reign Edwards, Kerr Smith, Courtney Henggeler, Peter Giles

Votes: 763

24. Into the Dark (2018– )
Episode: Flesh & Blood (2018)

TV-MA | Horror, Thriller

Kimberly, a teenager suffering from agoraphobia, has not left the house since her mother's unsolved murder. On the eve of Thanksgiving, she begins to suspect that the safe harbor of home and her doting father may be a dangerous mirage.

Director: Patrick Lussier | Stars: Dermot Mulroney, Diana Silvers, Tembi Locke, Meredith Salenger

Votes: 1,571

25. Holidays of Terror (2013– )
Episode: Turkey Dinner? (2013)


Lenny and Jeremy need to find a special bird for Thanksgiving or their mother won't cook them a meal. Will they be successful?

Director: Louie Cortes | Stars: Ben Bunce, Mario Melillo, Mike Roche

26. Escape Room (I) (2019)

PG-13 | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

48 Metascore

Six strangers find themselves in a maze of deadly mystery rooms and must use their wits to survive.

Director: Adam Robitel | Stars: Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Jay Ellis, Tyler Labine

Votes: 74,467 | Gross: $57.01M

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