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Christmas Gift Guide

“Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County” (1998)

"Boogeyman" (2005)

"Kristy" (2014)

"ThanksKilling" (2009)

"ThanksKilling 3" (2012)

"Blood Rage" (1983/87)

"Home Sweet Home" (1981)

"Thanksgiving" (2006 film)

"Blood Freak" (1972)

No one likes uninvited guests to Thanksgiving dinner, especially when they happen to be extraterrestrial creatures planning on abducting various family members before you can enjoy dessert. In "Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County" an unsuspecting family celebrating Thanksgiving is terrorized by aliens. Even though the movie's production values are low, it still has plenty of eerie moments.

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When the holidays roll around, often it's our memories of past mistakes that make us go crazy. In "Boogeyman," a man named Tim Jensen is stalked during Thanksgiving by the eerie entity that haunted his childhood and killed his father. When he returns to the mental hospital where he was placed as a child, he discovers the same monster attacking patients. Everyone who gets close to Tim, including his girlfriend, is at risk. The movie did well enough to spawn two more sequels if you feel like watching more.

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Spending Thanksgiving break by yourself can be a drag, especially when you're spending it alone on a college campus while a gang of sadistic killers decides to hunt you down. In the film "Kristy," a college girl who can't afford to fly home stays on campus only to find out she's being targeted by a group of outsiders who murder girls then upload the videos to a website. But just when things seem to be at their worst, she fights back. Think of this like "Home Alone" but with a lot more blood.

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Before you carve that Thanksgiving turkey, just remember that your hunger could be punished by a rogue turkey fueled by a supernatural spell. In "ThanksKilling," a group of students are hunted by a demonic turkey during Thanksgiving break. This movie is very low-budget, and has more shock value than horror. But there's something fun about watching a bloody puppet of an evil turkey chase down humans with a chainsaw.

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There is no actual "ThanksKilling 2," but this movie serves as a sequel. Not that we needed another film about a psychotic turkey that goes on a murder spree, it just wouldn't feel like Thanksgiving until we saw this foul fowl offend everyone in the movie. This film is even campier than the original "ThanksKilling," with more gore and even more puppets.

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Twins are already a creepy staple in the horror film genre. In "Blood Rage," we see a psychopath going on a homicidal rampage after his twin brother (who he framed for murder years earlier) escapes from a mental institution on Thanksgiving day. This is the perfect movie to watch with any siblings who might take you for granted.

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An escaped mental patient embarks on a killing spree over Thanksgiving weekend, focusing his murderous attentions on a family who live on an isolated ranch in "Home Sweet Home." The movie is clearly a low-budget slasher movie with more than one bizarre death scene including fatally shocking a Kiss fan with his own guitar.

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When a couple getting ready to eat Thanksgiving dinner are interrupted by what seems to be a harmless young man, they invite him in only to discover he's in fact a sadistic serial killer. "Thanksgiving" reminds us that being nice to strangers on a holiday doesn't always pay off karmically.

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The classic horror film "Blood Freak" isn't exactly Thanksgiving-related, but the main character does eat a turkey dosed with experimental drugs and then becomes a drug-addicted killer with an craving for the blood of drug addicts. If that's not creepy enough for you, his head also turns into a papier-mache turkey head.

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