MeFi Horror Club: Turbo Kid
January 29, 2016 11:02 AM - Subscribe

Let's get weird, MeFi Horror. The critic's fave/emerging cult hit Turbo Kid is a dystopian sci-fi/comedy/gorefest. It's a bloody, but affectionate movie to kids' movies of yore that has as much love for BMX Bandits as it does for Mad Max. Discussion goes live, Friday, February 5th.

Set in a post apocalyptic year of 1997, this retro-futuristic and nostalgic tribute to 80's action-adventure films follows an orphaned teenager who goes on an adventure to save his female-robot companion from the hands of an evil warlord who controls the only water supply.
If this trailer doesn't make you want to see the movie, I do not understand you at all.

Streaming on Netflix, various digital rental options.

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posted by DirtyOldTown (6 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Such a weird movie for something that feels so familiar -- it's equal parts Road Warrior, '80s teen coming of age film, and Takashi Miike. Does it work? I'm not sure! But it's fun and I'm looking forward to the conversation about it. An interesting point of comparison might be House of the Devil, which performs a similar trick of mirroring films from approximately the same era -- but very different films, and (I think) to a very different effect.
posted by kittens for breakfast at 10:57 AM on January 30, 2016

This is a really fun film. One point of possible discussion? The manic pixie dream girl is a literal OBJECT.
posted by brundlefly at 12:27 AM on January 31, 2016

If this trailer doesn't make you want to see the movie, I do not understand you at all.

I made it about fifteen minutes into the movie and got bored. All the 1980s signifiers were funny for a few minutes but quickly felt too precious for me. At heart, I guess I like my dystopias gritty, not zany.
posted by Dip Flash at 6:32 AM on January 31, 2016

So is this basically Kung Fury for Mad Max?
posted by Pope Guilty at 7:39 PM on January 31, 2016

I don't want to encourage discussing the movie here instead of waiting for the proper FF thread. But nah, it's a lot better than Kung Fury. There are characters in it and stuff.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:42 AM on February 1, 2016

It's BMX Bandits meets Mad Max Beyond the Thunderdome meets Hobo with a Shotgun meets Cherry 2000 meets Solarbabies with a grindhouse aesthetic.

It's fun!
posted by P.o.B. at 10:42 AM on February 3, 2016 [2 favorites]

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