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Somehow not a Turkey,
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This review is from: Turkey Shoot (Aka 'Escape 2000') [DVD] (DVD)
This film has all the raw ingredients to be a pile of absolute crap. Infact it would have been a pile of absolute crap, but luckily at a certain point (quite near the start) the people that made it must have got very drunk and told eachother how boring the end result was going to be, and so pretty much gave up any attempt at making a serious film with any kind of serious moral lessons to be learned. The exact moment this happens is probably when they introduce the half-wolf-man-thing in a waistcoat into the picture for no possible reason other than hilarity. The end result is a highly entertaining & ridiculous "prisoners on the run" movie.
The film kicks off with pretty much no budget whatsoever. We get to see various footage of riots from around the world, then two people are randomly arrested and thrown into a van (with someone else) for being "against the state". It is hinted at that there is some kind of rebellion going on "against the state" and that talking about it on the radio is especially likely to get you arrested.
Anyway, they get taken to the worlds least populated prison/concentration camp which is run by a stereotypical power happy warden, a guard (who looks like super-Mario) with a whip and a guard (who looks like a strongman from a Russian circus) with a cockney accent. The guards solely concentrate on the new inmates leaving the limited extras free to stand in the backround doing sod-all pretty much the whole time. There is one other inmate with thick glasses who also gets involved but its obvious from the start that he's going to die.
You gotta love Oz-ploitation films - they make sure they get in a scene with topless women in the shower. While in the shower they get to listen to the rules of the death camp. These are mainly that they are allowed to screw all they like (nobody does) but getting pregnant is punishable by death, while getting someone pregnant will result in "the chop" (access to birth control is not mentioned).
I'm not sure if the director had just seen another film about prisoners being hunted by the wardens but he decides that this is the way to go to spice up the film, so some game hunters are brought in. One of them is a woman who has all different types of arrows (we only get to see exploding ones but it is hinted at that she has other ones). Also a man who drives the worlds smallest bulldozer (with a machine gun turret) who brings along the half-wolf-man-thing in a waistcoat.
Anyway, the "Turkeys" (as it says they are called on the dvd box, I don't remember it being mentioned in the film) get to run around the island being chased by the various people who are there to chase them. The half-wolf-man-thing in a waistcoat gets to rip off someones toe and eat it. The woman who has all different types of arrows gets to fire some (exploding ones) at a tree near to where a Turkey is hiding. The man who drives the worlds smallest bulldozer (with a machine gun turret) gets to drive it (then stand on the machine gun turret) until he gets his head chopped off. The guard (who looks like a strongman from a Russian circus) with a cockney accent gets to drown a Turkey in a rockpool (before they both climb out and are bone-dry seconds later) only to get his hands chopped off. The guard (who looks like super-Mario) with a whip gets his legs chopped off. The stereotypical power happy warden gets his head blown off. Revenge is pretty much had by the Turkeys. Then the film ends and one can only assume that the Turkeys are all killed by the government or just put back in prison for life.
All in all this film is highly entertaining and definitely worth a watch.