Turkey Shoot

Turkey Shoot

Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith

Cast: Brian Trenchard-Smith, Steve Railsback, Olivia Hussey, Mikey Craig

     
 

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This grim, violent Australian production is an artless mishmash incorporating elements of The Road Warrior, 1984 , and The Most Dangerous Game. The story is set in a dystopian future society where all "deviants" (i.e. anyone whose ideas don't jive with those of the government) are interred in nightmarish re-education camps where they are tortured,

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This grim, violent Australian production is an artless mishmash incorporating elements of The Road Warrior, 1984 , and The Most Dangerous Game. The story is set in a dystopian future society where all "deviants" (i.e. anyone whose ideas don't jive with those of the government) are interred in nightmarish re-education camps where they are tortured, beaten, raped and put to death -- mostly on the whim of the psychotic commandant (Michael Craig). Periodically, a handful of particularly defiant inmates will be released unarmed to be hunted down (for the entertainment of the elite) in a free-for-all "Turkey Shoot" (the film's original Australian title). Among the latest batch of potential targets are strong-willed Steve Railsback and Olivia Hussey, who are confronted in the wilderness by the commandant and his goofy mutant cronies -- all of whom carry rocket-launchers, exploding arrows, and flamethrowers. This entire exercise is basically a prolonged excuse for a plethora of cheap, splattery makeup effects, made far more unpleasant by the blatant sadism of the proceedings. Unsuspecting viewers exposed to this film may wish to follow with My Brilliant Career to restore their faith in Australian cinema.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
This excursion into Mad Max-inspired post-apocalyptic brutality isn't the best the genre has to offer, but Escape 2000 sticks out because of its high sleaze quotient. The schlocky script uses its totalitarian future window dressing as an excuse to recycle the plot of The Most Dangerous Game. It goes heavy on the sadism and sexiness, which is a favor to the audience because the wafer-thin characterizations, haphazard plotting, and wooden dialogue would have trouble sustaining anyone's interest on their own. Director Brian Trenchard-Smith's work is hampered by the lame script and an obviously limited budget, but he gives the film a surprisingly slick comic-book style, using John McLean's impressive widescreen lensing to give the movie some scope and playing the premise for all the action it can muster. Thankfully, the cast is pretty decent: Steve Railsback and Olivia Hussey don't have much chemistry, but they both give the limited hero roles their all and the villains have a good time with their slimy characterizations (future soap opera star Carmen Duncan, in particular, has a lot of fun as a bloodthirsty huntress who seems to be a futuristic clone of Joan Collins). The end result is neither great art nor great schlock, but it's rarely dull. To sum up, exploitation fans might enjoy the cheap thrills on display here, but most viewers will find Escape 2000's cocktail of goofy sci-fi and exploitation schlock too much to swallow.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/08/2015
UPC:
0663390007556
Original Release:
1981
Source:
Severin
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Wide Screen, Color]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:33:00
Sales rank:
40,055

Special Features

The Ozploitation Renaissance - Roundtable discussion with Brian Trenchard-Smith, Antony I. Ginnae & Vincent Monton; Blood & Thunder Memories - featurette with actors Michael Craig, Lynda Stoner and Roger Ward; Brian Trenchard-Smith Interview; Not Quite Hollywood - Extended Interviews with Brian Trenchard-Smith, Antony I. Ginnae, Steve Railsback, Lynda Stoner, Roger Ward, Gus Mercurio and Bob McCarron; Audio Commentary with Brian Trenchard-Smith; Turkey Shoot Theatrical Trailer; Escape 2000 Alternate Title Sequence

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steve Railsback Paul Anders
Olivia Hussey Chris Walters
Mikey Craig Charles Thatcher
Carmen Duncan Jennifer
Noel Ferrier Mallory
Lynda Stoner Rita Daniels
Roger Ward Ritter
Michael Petrovich Tito
Gus Mercurio Red
John Ley Dodge
Bill Young Griff
Steve Rackman Alph
Marina Finaly Melinda
Mark Gregory Actor
Henry Silva Actor
John Godden Andy

Technical Credits
Brian Trenchard-Smith Director
John Daly Executive Producer
William Fayman Producer
Jon George Screenwriter
Antony I. Ginnane Producer
David Hemmings Executive Producer
Neill Hicks Screenwriter
Bernard Hides Production Designer
Aphrodite Kondos Costumes/Costume Designer
Alan Lake Editor
Brian May Score Composer
John McLean Cinematographer
George Schenck Original Story
John Stears Special Effects

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Turkey Shoot
1. Opening Titles/Arrests [5:08]
2. Welcome To Camp 47 [5:47]
3. Freedom Is Obedience [5:07]
4. Survival Lessons [6:10]
5. Target Selection [4:06]
6. Thatcher's Ball Game [4:46]
7. A Little Sport [1:31]
8. The Hunt Begins [5:11]
9. In Pursuit [5:52]
10. Attack Is The Best Form Of Defense [4:45]
11. Dodge, Meet Alph [4:43]
12. Ritter On The Prowl [4:37]
13. Things Get Serious [4:24]
14. Turning The Tables [1:38]
15. Battle On The Beach [5:44]
16. Open Season [4:47]
17. The Great Escape [3:50]
18. Wipeout/Closing Titles [4:39]
19. Chapter 19 [6:00]

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