Turkey Shoot

Year: 1982
Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith
Cast: Steve Railsback, Lynda Stoner, Olivia Hussey, Carmen Duncan, Noel Ferrier, Gus Mercurio
A late 1970's Australian answer to a production budget. Done several times since in everything from Fortress (ironically also shot here) to Escape from Absolom.

A prison of the near future is starting to get full, so the visiting governor convinces the pragmatic warden to select a few of the inmates and set them free to be hunted down by the guards and staff.

It's not exactly hi tech, and had ideas way above its station, but what it lacks in sci-fi and thrills it makes up for in blood. The gleefully gruesome effects are all that's keeping the film alive after so long; if it had been a straight thriller it would be forgotten in history.

The gore is in this case however not quite enough to lift it into camp territory and it takes itself a little too seriously to land in the so-bad-it's-good zone, so the bloodshed is often a respite when boredom starts slinking in.

It also had the curious practice of depicting Australian women with broad English accents, possibly to make them seem classier than the kind of sheila cinemagoers knew of in Australia at the time.

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