It is still the moment. Time for the turkey and the pumpkin pie. To chat by the fireside and gather friends and family around the table. It’s also sometimes a complete shit show of drunk parents, long smoldering political feuds and broken windows, toys or even a year of toilets. That’s right; it’s almost Thanksgiving 2021. There aren’t a ton of Thanksgiving-themed movies, let alone are worth your time. Hulu’s Pilgrim was entertaining but not exactly a classic. A few Black Friday themed movies are really funny, especially if you had to brave the crowds yourself. If you’re looking for the best movies to watch this Thanksgiving 2021, Shudder has several that are sure to keep you occupied, make you laugh, and even scare you a little. Here are all of the best Thanksgiving horror movies to watch on Shudder right now.
A family to die for
This grouping is made up of all the messy families that can make even your twisted tribe look good. These are the best of the worst that humanity has to offer, and it will sure make you look around the family room and think things could be a lot worse. Be careful, most of the films in this section are graphic, taboo, surreal and confusing.
Isolated in a desolate forest sheltering little more than the decaying remains of the past, a shattered family is torn apart even further by a mysterious death. Adam, guided by a pervasive sense of dread, seeks answers only to learn that they are not alone; an insidious presence by the name of Sator has watched his family, subtly influencing them all for years in an attempt to claim them.
Actors: Aurora Lowe, Gabe Nicholson, June Peterson, Michael Daniel, Rachel Johnson
Sator Explained – An Absolutely Dark Look Inside The Abyss
In an effort to protect their three children from the corrupting influence of the outside world, a couple transform their home into a closed complex of cultural deprivation and strict rules of behavior. But children cannot remain innocent forever. When the father brings home a young woman to satisfy his son’s sexual urges, the artificial “reality” of the family begins to crumble, with devastating consequences. Like the haunting, dystopian visions of Michael Haneke and Gaspar Noé, DOGTOOTH punctuates its gripping drama with moments of shocking violence, creating a biting social satire that is as deep as it is provocative.
Cast: Christos Stergioglou, Michele Valley, Angeliki Papoulia, Hristos Passalis, Mary Tsoni
A demon from his past has infiltrated Exorcist Joong-su’s family, disguising himself and deceiving everyone inside. Overwhelmed by guilt, Joong-su must face the force of evil once and for all, risking his own life. Intelligent, paranoid and creepy, METAMORPHOSE is a refreshing new take on demonic possession. AN ORIGINAL OF THRILLS.
Cast: Bae Sung-Woo, Sung Dong-Il, Jang Young-Nam
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The darkness and the wicked
On an isolated farm, a man is bedridden and struggles to his last breath as his wife slowly succumbs to overwhelming grief. Siblings Louise and Michael come home to help, but it doesn’t take long for them to see that something is wrong with Mom, something more than her great grief. Gradually, they begin to suffer from a darkness similar to that of their mother, marked by waking nightmares and a growing sense that an evil entity is taking over their family. A SHUDDER EXCLUSIVE.
Cast: Marin Ireland, Michael Abbott Jr., Julie Oliver-Touchstone
Darkness and the Wicked Explained – Family Guilt or Demonic Possession?
Based on Todd Rigney’s novel, “Found” centers around Marty, a shy and bullied fifth-grader who takes refuge in horror movies… until his life becomes more and more difficult. ‘a. After finding a human head in his brother’s closet, Marty fears for the safety of his family while making a desperate effort to reconnect with Steve, the big brother whose murderous urges threaten to destroy life as Marty knows it.
Cast: Gavin Brown, Ethan Philbeck, Phyllis Munro, Louie Lawless
An unforgettable feast
In this group you will find all the most disgusting appetite suppressants. This is where you’ll find family meals gone awry and hunger pangs that should never, ever be given up. Eat before watching these movies because they are sure to ruin your dinner. If you have a sensitive stomach, you should probably avoid this list altogether.
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A young couple is forced to seek refuge in the home of an aging farmer and her particular son, when they suddenly start having weird cravings and hallucinations, leading them to a strange rabbit hole. Presentation by Sawyer Spielberg.
Cast: Sawyer Spielberg, Malin Barr, Barbara Kingsley
Honeydew Explained – Is Sordico Wheat Mushroom Real & What Happens At The End
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When a young couple visit a shady hospital for cosmetic surgery, the boyfriend stumbles upon a patient suffering from an experimental rejuvenation treatment. He frees her but does not realize that she is at the base of an epidemic that will turn doctors, patients and her stepmother into bloodthirsty and utterly scandalous zombies. AN ORIGINAL OF THRILLS.
Actors: Maaike Neuville, Bart Hollanders, Benjamin Ramon
Yummy – The deliciously gory remedy for well-being
Traveling for Thanksgiving is a bitch
Many of us have to travel to visit family at this time of year. Even though we all love to see loved ones we haven’t seen in a while, the trip there leaves something to be desired. Whether you are traveling on the road, taking the plane, taking the train, staying in a motel or whatever, it can be a real headache. In some cases, it can be fatal.
Vincent and his sister Ida are the owners of “Motel Hello”, where Vincent sells his delicious smoked meats prepared next to their farm. But something strange is happening at Motel Hello… other than the faulty “o” on its neon sign. People check in… but no one checks. Vincent and Ida’s brother is the local sheriff, and he has a lot of questions, like… what exactly is the “secret ingredient” in these meats?
Cast: Nancy Parson, Paul Linke, Rory Calhoun
Hans is a self-confident man who drives across the country with his wife and two daughters by his side. His ego gets the better of him when he argues with another driver. The driver of the van turns out to be the wrong man to pass on the road and sets out to teach Hans a deadly lesson. With the skillful pushing of the buttons of Hans’s arrogance, a simple family trip turns into a deadly obstacle course in this eerie, dark comedic morality tale thriller.
Cast: Jeroen Spitzenberger, Anniek Pheifer, Willem de Wolf
Train to Busan
When a mysterious virus breaks out across the country, those infected turn into deadly living dead. A few terrified travelers find themselves trapped in a high-speed train from hell, fighting for their lives as hordes of undead crash into them, closing in at every stop. Suspicion is rife and tensions are high, as some will do anything to survive and reach the area of security.
Cast: Yoo Gong, Yu-mi Jung, Dong-seok Ma
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After setting her serial killer boyfriend on fire, a delusional paranoid woman finds a job at an all-night gas station. The isolation triggers his anxiety and hallucinations, with devastating and bloody results.
Cast: Brendan Fletcher, Emily Tennant, Vanessa Grasse, Tomi May
You can’t spend Thanksgiving without a good old-fashioned turkey shoot, although I’m pretty sure it’s not the traditional kind.
In a dystopian future, a group of prisoners become the target of a state-sponsored hunting game called “turkey shooting,” where they fall prey to evil armed government officials faster than Dick Cheney. If the prisoners survive, they will be released. But the prisoners do not want to take the risk, and soon the totalitarian rulers find themselves with targets on their backs. One of Horror King Ozploitation Brian Trenchard-Smith’s greatest films, TURKEY SHOOT, is a fun, scary run with a lasting influence in things like THE HUNGER GAMES. Contains strong language, violence and blood.
Cast: Steve Railsback, Olivia Hussey, Michael Craig
Take your looser sweatpants and be happy that everyone has left the building for a few hours. Load up a plate of leftovers and settle in for a few hours of the best Thanksgiving horror that Shudder has to offer. Click here to find all of our Shudder Lists and be kind to your family. These are the only ones you have.
Like the TV / Streaming Editor for Signal Horizon, I love watching and writing genre TV. I grew up with old school slashers, but my real passion is TV and everything weird and ambiguous. When I’m not watching or writing about my favorite movies and series, I introduce my family to the wonderful world of science fiction, fantasy and horror. My only regret, there is not enough time in the day to watch everything.
The Best Thanksgiving Movies to Watch in Thrill November 2021 post first appeared on Signal Horizon Magazine.