Thanksgiving Counter Programming

Landing in the United States as a foreign student, I’ve always had mixed feelings about Thanksgiving as all my friends were away and I was usually left alone at school, especially when both my parents never lived in the U.S. It is correct to say that I’ve never spent one Thanksgiving with family, except for two Canadian Thanksgiving days when I was living with my dad in Montreal.

For counter programming on Thanksgiving, I’ve often looked to horror movies. Horror was my favorite genre. I could easily spend two days holed up in my dorm room with a dozen of horror movie rentals.

Horror master Eli Roth made a fake trailer “Thanksgiving” that became part of Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof‘s theatrical release:

Brilliant little short film, I’d say.

Recently, I discovered Kristy, a horror thriller currently streaming on Netflix. While at first glance it seems like a generic slasher movie, it’s actually a well-made little gem set on Thanksgiving night about a young college student who decided to stay on campus for Thanksgiving and became the target of a mysterious killer who zeroes in on virginal and nice Christian girls nicknamed as “Kristies.”

It’s a stylish and decent horror picture worth checking out, specially for orphans of Thanksgiving who love a little counter programming.

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Author: Quentin Lee

Quentin Lee is an international filmmaker of mystery.

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