Forgotten Action Cinema: Escape 2000

Man, 1995 is going to suck. If you’re worried about what the future is going to be like in the 90’s, I would advise steering clear of “Leprechaun 3” and “Silk Stalkings” director Brian Trenchard-Smith’s goofy dystopian effort “Escape 2000” (aka “Turkey Shoot”). Steve “Private Wars” Railsback and Olivia “Ice Cream Man” Hussey, who would later reunite for the 1994 erotic thriller “Save Me”, star as a pair of inmates at a re-education camp for moral degenerates. And, in true “prison in the middle of nowhere” fashion, most of the in-house activities include torture, humiliation, and rape. Just when you think life on the inside couldn’t possibly get any worse for these poor bastards, our heroes are soon thrust into a cheesy “Most Dangerous Game”-style scenario by a group of eccentric hunters, one of which employs the services of a freak he liberated from a sideshow. Yes, it’s that kind of movie, folks. Railsback is somewhat convincing as a tough-as-nails rebel who refuses to give into the institutions numerous rules and regulations. Hussey, meanwhile, spends the majority of the flick looking sheepish, helpless, and/or horrified; her inability to convincingly operate a mounted machine gun without looking woefully miscast is easily the highlight of the entire feature. “Escape 2000” also comes equipped with a score from “Queen” guitarist Brian May, which should, in theory, be a cause for excitement. Unfortunately, his synth-heavy score is seriously underwhelming. In fact, unless you just have a soft spot for primitive electro, chances are it will properly annoy the hell out of you by the end of the picture. That having been said, “Escape 2000″ is a fun and frequently violent Ozploitation outing worthy of investigation by anyone who loves women in prison/”Most Dangerous Game” hybrids which shamelessly quote the author they’re ripping off. I know you’re out there. Somewhere.