Turkey Shoot

Turkey Shoot (Brian Trenchard-Smith, 1982) aka Escape 2000, Blood Camp Thatcher; prod. Antony I. Ginnane, William Fayman for Second FGH Film Consortium, wr. Jon George, Neill Hicks, story George Schenck, dp John McLean, music Brian May, design Bernard Hides, ed. Alan Lake; Steve Railsback, Olivia Hussey, Michael Craig, Carmen Duncan, Noel Ferrier, Lynda Stoner, Roger Ward, Michael Petrovich, Gus Mercurio, John Ley, Bill Young, Steve Rackman, John Godden, Oriana Panozzo; Kodak colour, 35mm, 94 min.

This piece of shit includes a scene in which the director allows huge stunt actor Roger Ward to actually beat up some poor little female extra. It also has the worst breast double for Olivia Hussey. I won't go on.

Turkey Shoot (Jon Hewitt, 2014) wr. Jon Hewitt, Belinda McClory, prod. Antony I. Ginnane, exec. prod. Robert Trenchard-Smith; Dominic Purcell, Viva Bianca, Robert Taylor; remake of Turkey Shoot (Brian Trenchard-Smith, 1982) aka Escape 2000, Blood Camp Thatcher; premiere MIFF

This is fun, funny, serious and exceptionally well made, with a power-drill of a score by Cezary Skubiszewski. It's made in Australia by Australians, so the setting in the US is simply a function of the screenplay; judging by its sensibilities, it's very much an Australian film. It certainly doesn't take itself seriously, and has fun with the genre elements. Andrew L. Urban, urbancinefile


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