Thursday, March 5, 2009

No Turkey

One of the added benefits of Mark Hartley's superb documentary Not Quite Hollywood (my review) was that it gave me a really good excuse to finally getting around to see movies such as Brian Trenchard-Smith's notorious Turkey Shoot (aka Escape 2000 and Blood Camp Thatcher for some of you international folk.) Routinely named one of this country's worst ever films "back in the day", time has most definitely been kind to it and now stands as one of the most important and vital films we ever made. Suck on that Lynda Stoner!

This film really is a hoot. There is copious amount of blood, bad acting, absurd graphics and even a hilarious horse-riding bow and arrow-slinging lesbian in the form of the fantastic Carmen Duncan. It's nigh on impossible to imagine a film of this kind being made today. Even crazier still when you realise that Turkey Shoot is rated M. M! This would be slapped so fast with an R18+ rating today that it's not even funny. I also liked that for a genre film it is to delightfully expansive, which is unlike the scary films of today which are relegated to small patches of outback or forest. And, maybe it's just me, but there's just something about watching Juliet shooting an automatic machine gun at Michael Craig that fills me with glee. B+

Oh Olivia Hussey. You're so funny. You barely speak a word in the movie and you look like Starr from season one of Project Runway. Whatever would we have done without you?

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