Turkey Shoot (1982)

aka Escape 2000
Article 2758 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 11-25-2008
Posting Date: 3-2-2009
Directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith
Featuring Steve Railsback, Olivia Hussey, Michael Craig
Country: Australia

In a totalitarian future, nonconformists are taken to a prison camp for “re-education”. The commander of the camp decides to offer five of the inmates a chance for freedom… if they survive an ordeal in which they are the prey in a hunting expedition.

Let’s see here – we have a dystopian near-future prison camp movie crossed with THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME with obvious one-dimensional characters, a helping of nudity, an incredibly large slice of sadistic violence, and one of those plots that you see mapped out for you within two minutes of the movie starting. If you like bloody violence and hate surprises, this is a movie for you. I was easily able to predict most of the plot developments in this movie, including who would live and who would die; the only mistake I made was in the ending, and that’s only because I failed to take into account that we were no longer in the pessimistic seventies when this was made.

I’ve been quite disappointed in recent years to discover that my local Borders bookstores classify science fiction in the action section. It’s movies like this that are the reason why.

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