In a near future totalitarian state, people known as “deviants” are imprisoned in re-education camps. One of these is ruled by Charles Thatcher (Micheal Craig), who with his rumoured-to-be-castrated guards, exerts the will of the Great Society upon the inmates. Three new arrivals, persistant trouble-maker Paul Anders (Steve Railsbeck), suspected prostitute Rita (Lynda Stoner) and innocent young shop-worker Chris (Olivia Hussey), witness the barbarity of the camp first hand as one of the guards, Ritter (Roger Ward) beats a young woman half to death, and an escapee is burned alive. That is not all that Thatcher has in store, however, as he offers them their freedom if they engage in a hunt. A hunt in which they are the prey.
Given no real option, the prisoners will be at the mercy of their hunters, which include sadistic bisexual horse-rider Jennifer (Carmen Duncan), and Tito (Michael Petrovitch), who’s weapon of choice is a waistcoat-wearing wrestling wolfman called Alph (Steve Rackman). With the odds stacked against them, Paul Anders sees an opportunity for revolution, and seizes it…
Turkey Shoot (aka Escape 2000, aka Blood Camp Thatcher) was written by Jon George and Neill D Hicks, and directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith. It had a rather bumpy ride to the screen, having its filming time cut from 44 days to a mere 28, and losing almost half its budget. The producers saw fit to try and recoup some of their lost funds by taking what money they had down to the horse-track and betting on a big win. Trenchard-Smith and executive producer/2nd unit director David Hemmings did not get along.
In Not Quite Hollywood producer Antony Ginanne hints that star Steve Railsbeck was under the influence of either drugs or alcohol at the time of the filming. Read the rest!