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Blood in the Mashed Potatoes

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | August 25, 2010 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | August 25, 2010 |

Remember the fake trailers from Grindhouse? You know, one of which is getting made into Machete? Well Eli Roth figured, why waste the original idea he had for his fake trailer of Thanksgiving, and just make it into a real movie too?

Said the Bear Jew to Cinema Blend:

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.

Look, the trailer had a couple of good visuals, but what made it work was exactly that it was an homage to old ultra low budget horror, especially when it was embedded in the overall framework of an entire project of homage. Watching that trailer, it had the glorious feeling of those ancient, straight to VHS films that you’d rent as a teenager from Blockbuster. There’d be scads of blood, a topless woman or two, and a few creative scenes of gore that stuck with you way more than you thought possible. But I don’t know that Thanksgiving can really work in and of itself as a film. There’s not much point in lampooning bad old horror, those films really do that to themselves, and the only other direction is to play it straight, which is to say, to actually make a crappy old horror movie. Sure, it’s funny in a two minute trailer, but stretched to two hours?

Yeah, I get that it’s supposed to be ironic, but there’s a fairly wide line between actual irony in film making and just saying “my film is shitty, but it’s shitty just like this other stack of films, so it’s not actually shitty, it’s ironic.” That’s not irony, that’s just an excuse.

Here’s the original trailer again:

(source: Cinema Blend)

Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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