Turkey Shoot (1982)

Genres - Science Fiction, Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Action Thriller, Sci-Fi Action  |   Run Time - 80 min.  |   Countries - Australia   |   MPAA Rating - R
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This excursion into Mad Max-inspired post-apocalyptic brutality isn't the best the genre has to offer, but Escape 2000 sticks out because of its high sleaze quotient. The schlocky script uses its totalitarian future window dressing as an excuse to recycle the plot of The Most Dangerous Game. It goes heavy on the sadism and sexiness, which is a favor to the audience because the wafer-thin characterizations, haphazard plotting, and wooden dialogue would have trouble sustaining anyone's interest on their own. Director Brian Trenchard-Smith's work is hampered by the lame script and an obviously limited budget, but he gives the film a surprisingly slick comic-book style, using John McLean's impressive widescreen lensing to give the movie some scope and playing the premise for all the action it can muster. Thankfully, the cast is pretty decent: Steve Railsback and Olivia Hussey don't have much chemistry, but they both give the limited hero roles their all and the villains have a good time with their slimy characterizations (future soap opera star Carmen Duncan, in particular, has a lot of fun as a bloodthirsty huntress who seems to be a futuristic clone of Joan Collins). The end result is neither great art nor great schlock, but it's rarely dull. To sum up, exploitation fans might enjoy the cheap thrills on display here, but most viewers will find Escape 2000's cocktail of goofy sci-fi and exploitation schlock too much to swallow.