Turkey Shoot (1982)Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith
Starring: Steve Railsback, Olivia Hussey, Michael Craig, Linda Stoner, Roger Ward, Gus Mecurio
Tagline: Not as bad as the Hostel movies
Based on the old "A Most Dangerous Game" chestnut, the story is not as important as the violence, action and gore in the movie. Yes, it is terrible and some of the actors don't want to have anything to do with it, but that is part of its charm.
One of the things I like about Australian directors is that they will still put their name on a movie, no matter how it turns out and take responsibility for it. Not everything you work on will be genius, sometimes you have to work to pay the bills and there is nothing else around. I am suspicious of directors who only work on their own projects and don't have the working experience of directing a load of different stuff.
I would like Quentin Tarantino to direct under another name and go off and direct a few more films working as a jobbing director like the other people he admires. Being a journeyman is a lot harder than it seems.
This movie would be great for playing drinking games with also if you have seen it a few times. There are just so many stupid scenes in it and they are very fun to watch. Extra points for yelling out "Do you want to buy the Big Rancher!" whenever Gus Mecurio is on screen.
I did meet Brian Trenchard-Smith and Roger Ward and got them to sign my copy of this movie on DVD so I am biased towards it. Roger Ward looks pretty much the same as he did in the 80s and I hope he gets more work soon.
Brian Trenchard-Smith should do more kids movies, as there is a great series of books by John Marsden that needs the option bought for it.
You're not watching this movie to see a masterpiece, just enjoy it for what it is and you should be fine.