Patrick Dempsey’s natural accent revealed in new Hamilton-shot ‘Thanksgiving’ trailer


Published November 21, 2023 at 9:36 am

A still from Thanksgiving via Dimension Films.
A still from Thanksgiving via Dimension Films.

For the first time, Grey’s Anatomy fans will hear what TV’s dreamiest doctor actually sounds like when his latest film, the Hamilton-shot slasher Thanksgiving, hits theatres.

Thanksgiving is directed by horror maestro Eli Roth as a feature-length adaptation of his 16-year-old fake for Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s ultraviolent masterpiece Grindhouse.The Grindhouse project was billed as an old-school splatter-fest double feature on release. It featured Tarantino’s Death Proof and Rodriguez’s Planet Terror. 

Ahead of their double feature Tarantino and Rodriguez featured several fake trailers; Rodriguez’s Machete, Rob Zombie’s Nicolas Cage-starring Werewolf Women of the SS, Edgar Wright’s Don’t, Canadian Jason Eisener’s Hobo with a Shotgun, and Roth’s Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving was primarily inspired by the Canadian cult-classic Black Christmas (1974), often hailed as the first slasher film, as well as other holiday-themed horror films like Halloween (1978).

“We were huge slasher-movie fans and every November we were waiting for the Thanksgiving slasher movie. We had the whole movie worked out: A kid who’s in love with a turkey, and then his father killed it, and then he killed his family and went away to a mental institution and came back and took revenge on the town,’ Roth later told Rolling Stone.

Over the years, two of the other trailers, Machete and Hobo, have been adapted into feature-length films. Roth teased his trailer would get the same treatment for years, but never quite set the table for it.

However, he finally confirmed production earlier this year. Filming primarily took place in Port Perry, a small town north of Oshawa, and Hamilton. Dempsey joined the cast as the sheriff assigned to hunt down “John Carver” an axe-wielding maniac dressed as a pilgrim.

Roth told MovieWeb, that this will be the first time Dempsey used his real accent for the role. When Dempsey learned the film was set in his native Maine, he asked Roth , “Should I do a New England accent?”

Roth, a Massachusetts man himself, was not enthusiastic about the idea noting, “‘Well, one of my pet peeves, I hate movies where someone tries to do a Boston accent and fails. It ruins the movie for me.’ And he goes, ‘No, no, I grew up in Maine. I got like a light accent.’ And I’m like, ‘Are you? That’s perfect.’ He goes, ‘I had to lose that accent when I became an actor.’ This is the first time Patrick Dempsey ever used his real accent in a film. He really talks like that.”

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