You ever seen Thankskilling? Made for under $3,500 and featuring the greatest opening shot in the history of direct-to-DVD horror cinema (hint: it's boobs. Just boobs), it features a homicidal turkey killing college students. The turkey talks, spouts one-liners, and the film as a whole is overall the perfect film for a ridiculous drinking game. Clearly this movie has made you long for other late-November themed slasher flicks, and if Eli Roth has his way, all of your hopes and dreams may soon come true.
According to CinemaBlend, Eli Roth and his childhood pal Jeff Rendell are working on the script, with the real work happening once Roth is done promotingThe Last Exorcism. Roth says of the script:
"I've been working on the script with my co-writer, Jeff Rendell, who plays the pilgrim in the trailer. And it's me imitating Jeff's voice [for the narration]. But Jeff has been working. I said that his deal is he has to work on the script while I'm promoting The Last Exorcism, and as soon as I'm done in mid-September he's going to fly to California, we're going to sit down, and bang out the script."
Having just watched the trailer for the first time ever about fifteen minutes before I wrote this, I gotta say: eh. It looks like mindless fun, and I absolutely love how it plays into the tendency for 70s horror flicks to repeat the title of the film about eight times throughout a two and a half minute trailer, but beyond the novelty of its Grindhouse association and the Eli Roth attachment, I'm fairly ambivalent toward its production.
Whether or not the flick actually gets made is anyone's guess, though you can rest assured the box office returns of Machete will be a surefire sign. Given the novelty, hype and excellent cast, I have nothing but faith in Rodriguez being a happy camper after opening weekend.
Special thanks to The Playlist for the heads up.