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  • Actors: Steve Railsback, Olivia Hussey, Lynda Stoner, Michael Craig, Carmen Duncan
  • Directors: Brian Trenchard-Smith
  • Producers: William Fayman, Anthony I. Ginnane
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Mar. 2008
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Z63Z7E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,692 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Brutal, blood-splattered Australian sci-fi exploitation horror set in a dystopian post-holocaust near future, in which anyone who does not conform with the totalitarian government is thrown into a 're-education' camp: a nightmarish place where torture, sadism, rape and murder are carried out on the whim of the psychotic commanding officer, Charles Thatcher (Michael Craig). Steve Railsback, Lynda Stoner and Olivia Hussey star as three spirited individuals who have been newly interred in such a camp. But can they survive the horrific 'Turkey Shoot' - a periodically-held event in which the camp leaders hunt down and kill the inmates for sport?

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By West25 on 14 Nov. 2012
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In the near future, people that are deemed to be "social deviants" are sent to prison camps for re-education and behaviour modification. The film opens with three new arrivals, Paul (Steve Railsback), Chris (Olivia Hussey) and Rita (Lynda Stoner). As soon as they arrive they're met by Chief Guard Ritter (Roger Ward) and later witness him beat a female prisoner into a bloody mess, something that not only seems to be acceptable to Camp Master Charles Thatcher (Michael Craig), but endorsed. After the three put up with several weeks of brutal treatment from Thatcher and his men, they accept Thatcher's invitation to participate in a deadly game of cat and mouse. Thatcher and a few selected others will hunt them down on the island and kill them, but if they survive until sundown they'll be set free. It's obvious there's no way Thatcher will stick to his word, so the prisoners attempt to fight back and kill the hunters.

Steve Railsback is a very likeable lead, something that wasn't too difficult when you consider that almost everyone else at the camp are perfect "love to hate them" characters. He's definitely the main star, and carries the film extremely well. Railsback is a method actor, something that really annoyed Michael Craig in particular. From what several people connected with the film have said, Olivia Hussey was extremely shy, miserable and upset during filming believing that Australia's dangerous wildlife would hurt her. This made shooting her on location very difficult, but it works for the character she was playing. Whenever she looks upset, it looks completely real. Lynda Stoner seems quite disinterested most of the film, she was apparently very difficult on set and looks like she would rather have been anywhere else.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Jonathon T. Beckett on 15 Dec. 2008
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A group of three people(played by Steve Railsback, Olivia Hussey and Lynda Stoner) labelled as deviants by the government, are sent to a notorious prison camp, where the sadistic Charles Thatcher(Michael Craig) and his equally brutal cheif guard Ritter(Roger Ward)preside over the corrupt establishment. The 'deviants' are sent to the camp for re-education and rehabilitation, in other words subjected to numerous tortures and other horrors.
However Thatcher has a special treat for the three new prisoners. He organises regular 'turkey shoots' where prisoners are chosen by various rich thrill seekers to be the prey in their hunt. They are given a head start, then the hunters set off in pursuit-Tito(Michael Petrovich) a pompous colonial with his very own wolf/human mutant in tow, the vicious Jennifer(Carmen Duncan) with her collection of exploding arrows and obnoxious prison official Mallory(Noel Ferrier) who has designs on Hussey's character. Thatcher picks Paul Anders(Railsback) as his target. What follows is a deadly struggle to the death.
This is an extremely gory, exploitative piece of low budget horror/sci-fi. It also happens to be highly entertaining. The film really takes over once the hunt begins, with the unarmed prisoners using all their ingenuity and wits to fight back against the hunters, and this leads to some wonderfully over the top gory set pieces. Somebodies cut in half, another ends with their head sliced in two by a cleaver, another with an exploding dart in their head.
The special effects don't always work, but the cast all give their all, and its an enjoyable piece of 80's sleaze, very much a product of its day. 4 out of 5
Just to mention the excellent Screen entertainment release, with wonderfully crisp picture and sound, far superior to the grainy Vipco release entitled 'Blood Camp Thatcher'. Highly recommended, and an great low price too
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Puzzle box on 22 Jun. 2009
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The original version of this cult Australian film "Escape 2000" was banned in the UK (under the title "Turkey Shoot") as part of the video nasty craze back in the 80's. I gotta say that I got a kick out of Turkey Shoot. It's just the sort of strange hybrid type film that I liked to see come out of the 1980s. Part sci-fi, part horror, part exploitation film - Turkey Shoot pretty much has it all, and somehow blends it all together well without becoming too "heavy-handed" with any specific elements. A bit disjointed and silly at times for as serious as the film seems to take itself, but definitely enjoyable and very entertaining. Turkey Shoot tells the story of a terrible future, where simply questioning a police officer's actions can land you in one of the state's terrible prison camps, as Chris Walters (Olivia Hussey) has found out. Joining two other new prisoners, a radio DJ and freedom fighter named Paul Anders (Steve Railsback) and prostitute Rita Daniels (Lynda Stoner), she finds herself in the inescapable camp run by Warden Charles Thatcher (Michael Craig) and his villainous partner Chief Guard Ritter (Roger Ward) and Red (Gus Mercurio). On occasion, Thatcher runs 'turkey shoots' where he releases defenseless prisoners into the forest surrounding the camp for various heavily armed politicians and socialites to track down and kill. The prisoners reward if they survive...freedom!!. Turkey Shoot was directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith (Dead End Drive Inn), and was an attempt to cash in on the popularity of the Mad Max films (dystopian future). The film was quite gory and violence was over the top and gritty, so if your a gorehound then you might like this. We do get a machete in the head, some severed body parts, a log through the chest, a stake in the eye and a whole host of other gory moments.Read more ›
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