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4.0 out of 5 stars Run for your life, 15 Dec. 2008
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This review is from: Turkey Shoot [1982] (uncut) (Widescreen) [DVD] (DVD)
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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