Directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith
In a dystopian future, a group of prisoners become targets in a state-sponsored hunting game called a “turkey shoot”, where they’ll be preyed upon by evil gun-toting government officials quicker on the draw than Dick Cheney. If the prisoners survive, they’ll be set free. But the prisoners don’t want to take that chance, and soon the totalitarian rulers find themselves with targets on their backs. One of Ozploitation horror king Brian Trenchard-Smith’s greatest films, TURKEY SHOOT is a fun, frightening ride with lasting influence in things like THE HUNGER GAMES. Contains strong language, violence and gore.
In a dystopian future, prisoners become targets in a state-sponsored hunting game.
Cast: Steve Railsback, Olivia Hussey, Michael Craig
As an Aussie I cringe at this - cheesy and horrid. But their budget was cut badly from an investor pulling out so almost understandable. I watched this in the 80's and later lived in Far North Qld where this was filmed, so it was a little nostalgic for me. Would recommend as long as you aren't expecting much from Australian film making in the 80's xx
Ok, this is undercooked and hardboiled all at once and a perfect beast of its times so any rating given is done on a curve. Turkey Shoot is fun but oh so bad, in comparison, the quasi-remake Elimination Game had a budget and no excuses for being so damn lame. Odd note but please notice that all the deviants locked up are white. There are obvious questions here I feel were probably never asked when this was originally released. Parts of this film are clearly echoed in later cult classics. Love the overall casting.
Fantastic movie for it's time. 1982 and it's better than half the stuff on Shudder. 4/5. Gun effects and gun play is a bit lame but it was made in 1982 so if you can put it aside a great watch. Ending was kinda weak but overall really cool movie.
Ok, a bit cheesy but a bit of fun.
I'll start off with the fact that I'm giving this three stars simply from the soapbox standpoint that most of these 'kill shots' wouldn't actually kill someone. Sorry if that's a bit of a spoiler, but I can't be the only one who easily notices that. Overall it's also not very exciting, although I must admit that the practical effects aren't bad, and even though the chase scenes seem slow it's more like a series of slow burns than a movie that actually just drags on. Love Olivia Hussey; I've started a new series for my Facebook page YouTube channel ZiZi doing my makeup and talking about movies, and I chose Turkey Shoot and it's modernized reworking Elimination Game on T U B I for free for the first episode. Saturday I'm doing the Black Christmas 'trilogy' so I guess it's Olivia Hussey week for me. :D