Set in the near future, several people, including Paul (Steve Railsback) and Chris (Olivia Hussey), refuse to submit and conform to the New World Order. Captured, they are taken to a correction camp and labelled as deviants. This small group of people are about to enter a brutal camp and experience. With maximum security surrounding them, there is no chance of anyone ever escaping, and many who are captured are either tortured or don’t survive the camp.
Seeking new fun, the key leaders and owners of the camp decide to launch a new round of Turkey Shoot. Turkey Shoot is a game that allows hunters to track down their desired targets and murder them as they please. Soon Paul and Chris find themselves part of this new, dangerous game that could end in blood, gore and ultimately their death. Perhaps if they use their wits and team up, the hunters will become the hunted instead. Can Paul and Chris survive the game?
For those who are not aware, Turkey Shoot is a wild film. It’s also a film filled with gore, blood, guts, explosions, and over-the-top violence. It’s an Australian film that doesn’t please all movie lovers, but those who enjoy such outrageous elements will generally have a great time no matter what.
While seeing people being hunted in a film is nothing new, the style certainly is. Not only that, but this film was pushing the limits of extreme, bloody violence for its time. While watching this film for the first time on Blu-ray, I was surprised at how well the practical effects held up and the shocking violence.
Pacing, for the most part, is ok, with a slow start. Once the hunt began, and the blood began to spill, I found the entertainment level of the film increased. The film does what many would expect, which is delivering a fun and brainless time. My only major issue doesn’t relate to the violence but to some of the key performances, which were truly painful to watch. Poor line delivery and completely emotionless characters made it challenging to care for the characters. But with such a violent plot, will viewers watch a movie like this to care for its characters? Goodness no.
Overall, this film will certainly please you if you’re seeking an Australian classic that contains gore, blood, guts, explosions, and loads of over-the-top violence. It’s a film that pushed the limits with violence, and I was surprised to see how the practical effects still hold up. The film is cheesy and brainless with leading characters who have moments of being slightly annoying, but people who watch this film will not be interested in its characters. Break out the popcorn, relive some outrageous cinema and be prepared to be shocked multiple times. Turkey Shoot (1982) is Now Available on Blu-ray & DVD!