BLOOD CAMP THATCHER; ESCAPE 2000
However, any serious political message that Turkey Shoot might aspire to present is completely offset by the campy overacting of the pursuing hunters and an often incongruously tongue-in-cheek approach. The prison film/totalitarian future background is only an excuse for a gore film and director Brian Trenchard-Smith takes great delight in serving up machetes in heads, sundry hands and toes chopped and bitten off, torso decapitation by bulldozer blade, rapes, people being burned alive and the intriguing effect of seeing one victim torn in half by machine-gun fire. (This high gore content had Turkey Shoot cut considerably in almost all international releases).
The sum total of political commentary runs to naming the camps totalitarian commandant Thatcher. (There is debate about whether this was intentional or not but the satire did not go amiss in England where the film was retitled Blood Camp Thatcher). Brian Trenchard-Smith directs at a slow-moving pace the gore does not come snappy enough to be entertaining the way it is in say The Evil Dead (1982) or Re-Animator (1985). Characters run to predictable one-dimensional arcs for this genre. A much better gorily over-the-top futuristic prison film was the Hong Kong effort Story of Ricky (1991). A poll once named Turkey Shoot the worst Australian film ever made.
The film was later badly remade as Turkey Shoot (2014) with Antony I. Ginnane and Brian Trenchard-Smith serving as executive producers. There the concept was turned into a reality tv show.
Turkey Shoot was the first genre film from Australian director Brian Trenchard-Smith who had previously made a number of action entries in the Australian exploitation genre, most notably the popular The Man from Hong Kong (1975). In between the likes of BMX Bandits (1983) and episodes of Australian-shot US tv series like Mission: Impossible, Time Trax and Flipper, Trenchard-Smith went onto make two quite good films, the sharp and witty Dead-End Drive-In (1986), another (much better) future prison movie about youth being corralled into a prison disguised as a drive-in theatre that is everything that Turkey Shoot should have been, and the worthwhile Aboriginal childrens ghost story Frog Dreaming/The Quest (1986), as well as the purportedly terrible astral horror Out of the Body (1989). Trenchard-Smith subsequently moved to the US where he has been occupied in making some excruciatingly bad tongue-in-cheek horror films Night of the Demons 2 (1994), Leprechaun 3 (1995), Leprechaun 4: Leprechaun in Space (1996) as well as the Christian End of the World film Megiddo (2001), the monster movie Tyrranosaurus Azteca (2007) and various tv movies including the alien abduction film Official Denial (1994), the meteor collision film Doomsday Rock (1997), Atomic Dog (1998) about a mutant dog, the haunted house film Sightings: Heartland Ghost (2002), the plague film The Paradise Virus (2003) and Arctic Blast (2010) about a new Ice Age. Trenchard-Smith has also produced the monster movie Blood Tide (1982), Demonstone (1990) and Malibu Shark Attack (2009).
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