Thanksgiving’s ending, explained

Addison Rae yelled at Thanksgiving.
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Warning: This article contains spoilers Thank you (2023).

Director Eli Roth’s new horror-comedy, Thank you, ends as all slasher films should: with a few last-minute twists. Its third part follows the film’s protagonist, Jessica (Nell Verlac), as she survives a horrific dinner party massacre. Thank youThe masked killer reaches a nearby warehouse. Arriving there, she finds her town’s sheriff, Eric Newlon (Patrick Dempsey), lying unconscious near his patrol car and soon after, sees from a window of a nearby warehouse that her former boyfriend, Bobby (Jalen Thomas Brooks) is taking off. The same mask worn by his murderous stalker.

Thinking the worst, Jessica teams up with Sheriff Newlon to take down Bobby so he can escape. Newlon calls for backup and a search for Bobby begins. However, when it seems that Jessica has successfully saved the lives of her father and several of her remaining friends, she notices some of the same burrs on Newlon’s shoes that got stuck to her own feet while fleeing from the film’s masked slasher. Was. Only an hour or so ago. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take long for Newlon to notice the burrs on his shoes and conclude that Jessica has realized that he is actually the killer who has been targeting her and her friends for the past few days.

Patrick Dempsey stands beside a football coach at Thanksgiving.
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Trapping Jessica in a secluded room with him, Newlon reveals that his secret lover, Amanda Collins (Gina Gershon), was one of the victims of the previous year’s Black Friday massacre. This incident was a direct result of not only the gross negligence of Jessica’s wealthy father, Thomas (Rick Hoffman), but also the immature behavior of him and his friends. If that wasn’t bad enough, Newlon further revealed that she was pregnant with Amanda’s child when she was murdered. For her part, Jessica realized that Newlon was using his position as the town’s sheriff to extract more and more information from her about everyone responsible for Amanda’s death.

After Jessica escapes her terrible Thanksgiving celebration, Newlon plans to frame Bobby for all his crimes, having previously kidnapped and drugged him. However, just when he is about to kill her and complete his plan, Jessica reveals that she was secretly live-streaming his confession. Enraged, Newlon accuses Jessica of hurting him with a hammer thrown through the room’s window by Bobby, who runs in and saves his former girlfriend.

As the two teens attempt to get out of the warehouse alive, they are pursued by an axe-wielding Newlon, who comes dangerously close to taking both of their lives several times. Jessica, thankfully, manages to use flammable gas in a nearby inflatable turkey and gunpowder from an ancient, Pilgrim-era gun to blind Newlon with a devastating explosion. A few hours later, Jessica is reunited with her surviving friends and family members, and everything seems to have ended as well as possible for her. Thank youThere will be survivors – the victims. That is, at least, until the film introduces one final, tried-and-true horror movie twist.

A masked killer wields a pitchfork at Thanksgiving.
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As Jessica and Bobby sit in an ambulance outside the warehouse where they encountered Newlon, she overhears some firefighters saying that they did not find a single body within the charred remains of the building. Roth emphasizes this revelation with a shot of a masked firefighter walking away from the warehouse – suggesting that Dempsey’s Sheriff Newlon will return to unleash more violence in the future. Later that night, Jessica wakes up from a nightmare in which Newlon’s burning body attacks her. Deliberately open moment tells that she likes Thank youThe villain, possibly still alive, won’t be resting or resting any time soon.

In other words, the film not only sets the stage for it to be the first installment of a new horror franchise, but also leaves a lot on the table for a potential sequel. Of course, yes or no Thank youWhether this story will ever actually continue remains to be seen.

Thank you Now running in theatres.

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