It’s that time again. The time for turkey and pumpkin pie. For fireside chats and gathering friends and family around the table. It’s also sometimes a complete shit show of drunken relatives, long-simmering political feuds, and broken windows, toys, or one year even a toilet. That’s right; it’s almost Thanksgiving 2021. There aren’t a ton of Thanksgiving-themed movies out there, and even fewer are worth your time. Hulu’s Pilgrim was entertaining but not exactly a classic. A few Black Friday-themed films are really funny, especially if you had to brave the crowds yourself. If you are looking for the best movies to watch this Thanksgiving 2021 though, Shudder has several that are sure to keep you occupied, make you laugh, and even scare you a little. Here are all the best Thanksgiving horror movies to watch on Shudder right now.
A Family To Die For
This grouping is all the messed-up families that can make even your twisted tribe look good. These are the best of the worst humanity has to offer, and it is guaranteed to make you look around the family room and think things could be so much worse. Beware, most of the films in this portion are graphic, taboo, surreal, and confounding.
Secluded in a desolate forest home to little more than the decaying remnants of the past, a broken family is further torn apart by a mysterious death. Adam, guided by a pervasive sense of dread, hunts for answers only to learn that they are not alone; an insidious presence by the name of Sator has been observing his family, subtly influencing all of them for years in an attempt to claim them.
Cast: Aurora Lowe, Gabe Nicholson, June Peterson, Michael Daniel, Rachel Johnson
In an effort to protect their three children from the corrupting influence of the outside world, a couple transforms their home into a gated compound 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 family’s engineered “reality” begins to crumble, with devastating consequences. Like the haunting, dystopic visions of Michael Haneke and Gaspar Noé, DOGTOOTH punctuates its compelling drama with moments of shocking violence, creating a biting social satire that is as profound 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 itself and deceiving everyone within. Wracked with guilt, Joong-su must face the force of evil once and for all, risking his own life in the process. Clever, paranoid, and frightening, METAMORPHOSIS is a refreshing new spin on demonic possession. A SHUDDER ORIGINAL.
Cast: Bae Sung-Woo, Sung Dong-Il, Jang Young-Nam
The Dark And The Wicked
On a secluded farm, a man is bedridden and fighting through his final breaths while his wife slowly succumbs to overwhelming grief. Siblings Louise and Michael return home to help, but it doesn’t take long for them to see that something’s wrong with mom—something more than her heavy sorrow. Gradually, they begin to suffer a darkness similar to their mother’s, 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
Based on the novel by Todd Rigney, “Found” centers around Marty, a shy, bullied fifth-grader who takes refuge in horror films… until his life turns into one. 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 homicidal cravings threaten to destroy life as Marty knows it.
Cast: Gavin Brown, Ethan Philbeck, Phyllis Munro, Louie Lawless
A Feast To Remember
In this group, you will find all the most disgusting appetite killers. This is where you will find family meals gone very wrong and hunger pains that should never, ever be indulged. Eat before you watch these movies, as they will ruin your dinner for sure. If you have a weak stomach, you should probably avoid this list altogether.
A young couple is forced to seek shelter in the home of an aging farmer and her peculiar son, when they suddenly begin having strange cravings and hallucinations, taking them down a rabbit hole of the bizarre. Introducing Sawyer Spielberg.
Cast: Sawyer Spielberg, Malin Barr, Barbara Kingsley
When a young couple travels to a shady hospital for cosmetic surgery, the boyfriend stumbles upon a patient suffering from an experimental rejuvenation treatment. He frees her but doesn’t realize she’s ground zero for an outbreak that will change the doctors, patients, and his mother-in-law into bloodthirsty, utterly outrageous zombies. A SHUDDER ORIGINAL.
Cast: Maaike Neuville, Bart Hollanders, Benjamin Ramon
Traveling For Thanksgiving Is A Bitch
Lots of us have to travel to visit with family this time of year. As much as we all love seeing loved ones we haven’t seen in a while, the trip there leaves something to be desired. Whether you are road tripping it, flying, taking the train, staying in a motel, or otherwise, it can be a real pain in the ass. In some cases, it can be deadly.
Vincent and his sister Ida are the proprietors of the folksy “Motel Hello,” where Vincent sells his delicious smoked meats made next door at their farm. But something strange is going on over at the Motel Hello…aside from the faulty “o” on its neon sign. Folks are checking in…but no one is checking out. Vincent and Ida’s brother is the local sheriff, and he has a lot of questions, like…what exactly is the “secret ingredient” in those meats?
Cast: Nancy Parson, Paul Linke, Rory Calhoun
Hans is a self-confident man, driving across the country with his wife and two daughters by his side. His ego gets the better of him when he gets into an argument with another driver. The van driver turns out to be the wrong man to cross on the road and sets out to teach Hans a deadly lesson. Skillfully pushing the buttons of Hans’s arrogance, a simple family road trip turns into a deadly obstacle course in this nerve-wracking, blackly comic morality tale thriller.
Cast: Jeroen Spitzenberger, Anniek Pheifer, Willem de Wolf
Train To Busan
When a mysterious virus breaks out across the country, the infected turn into the murderous undead. A few terrified travelers find themselves trapped on a bullet train from hell, fighting for their lives as hordes of the living dead crash towards them, crawling closer with every stop. Suspicion is rife, and tensions run high as some will do anything to survive and make it to the safe zone.
Cast: Yoo Gong, Yu-mi Jung, Dong-seok Ma
Open 24 Hours
After setting her serial killer boyfriend on fire, a paranoid delusional woman gets a job at an all-night gas station. The isolation triggers her anxiety and hallucinations, with devastatingly gory results.
Cast: Brendan Fletcher, Emily Tennant, Vanessa Grasse, Tomi May
You can’t have Thanksgiving without a good old-fashioned turkey shoot, although I’m pretty sure this is not the traditional kind.
n a dystopian future, a group of prisoners become targets in a state-sponsored hunting game called a “turkey shoot”, where they’ll be preyed upon by evil gun-toting government officials quicker on the draw than Dick Cheney. If the prisoners survive, they’ll be set free. But the prisoners don’t want to take that chance, and soon the totalitarian rulers find themselves with targets on their backs. One of Ozploitation horror king Brian Trenchard-Smith’s greatest films, TURKEY SHOOT, is a fun, frightening ride with lasting influence in things like THE HUNGER GAMES. Contains strong language, violence, and gore.
Cast: Steve Railsback, Olivia Hussey, Michael Craig
Grab your loosest sweatpants and be glad that everyone has left the building for a few hours. Load a plate with leftovers and settle in for a couple of hours of the best Thanksgiving horror Shudder has to offer. Click here to find all our Shudder lists and be kind to your family. They are the only ones you have.
As the TV/Streaming Editor for Signal Horizon, I love watching and writing about genre tv. I grew up with old school slashers, but my real passion is television and all things weird and ambiguous. When I’m not watching and writing about my favorite movies and series, I’m introducing my family to the wonderful world of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror. My only regret, there is not enough time in the day to watch everything.