"This is the future. The world as we know it is gone. This is the year...1997."
Post-apocalyptic primary-coloured blood-spattered retro-tastic gorefest "Turbo Kid" premiered this week, and it's like a Saturday morning cartoon version of "Escape from New York" made by Nintendo. It's like the bad guys from "Mad Max" raiding "Jem and the Holograms" and chopping everyone's heads off. It's...look, just watch this:
"Turbo Kid" stars youngsters Munro Chambers and Laurence Leboeuf with genre veteran Michael Ironside from "Total Recall", "Starship Troopers" and video game "Splinter Cell". Chambers is The Kid, a comic book-obsessed outcast roaming the wasteland of a post-apocalyptic future wielding an ancient turbocharged weapon against bounty hunters, extreme arm wrestlers and a masked villain called Skeletron. This is Skeletron:
Backed by a suitably synth-heavy score from Le Matos, the film is conceived to look and feel like a lost 80s classic, only just unearthed. Shot in Quebec in 2014, "Turbo Kid" is a Canada and New Zealand co-production and expands on the short "T is for Turbo", originally conceived for the bonkers horror anthology film "The ABCs of Death". Here's another glimpse of the 1980s look:
The film is written and directed by Anouk Whissell, François Simard and Yoann-Karl Whissell -- also known as the RKSS Collective. They cite Ozploitation classics "BMX Bandits" and "Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior" as influences, as well as Italian post-apocalyptic films and Peter Jackson's comically gory "Braindead".
"Turbo Kid" premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah this week. Release details are yet to be confirmed, but I imagine it's heading for a video-on-demand service near you at the speed of a furiously pedalled BMX.