Reviews Review: Turbo Kid Has the “Splatstick” Humour of Early Peter Jackson Published 2 years ago on February 3, 2017 By Gareth Paterson Share Tweet The 2010’s has seen a rise in nostalgic postmodern love letters to 80’s cinema both in music and film. Turbo Kid is a wonderful welcome addition to this synth soaked craze, combining the fun cartoonishness of Kung Fury with the genuine heart of coming-of-age films like Kamikaze Girls. Set in an alternate post-apocalyptic 1997 it follows a comic book obsessed teenager (Munro Chambers) who reluctantly befriends a quirky/seemingly mad girl named Apple. Together they ride a BMX through a gorily violent wasteland, learning more about each other while doing battle with Mad Max inspired raiders. Starship Troopers star Michael Ironside plays the raider chief Zeus. Just him being there gives the film a genuine 80’s feel. He doesn’t seem to have aged since Total Recall and just his presence reminds us of all those great Verhoeven movies made 30 years ago. The impressive gore effects have the “splatstick” humour of early Peter Jackson and the brutal detail of Hatchet. Praise should be given to the costume and makeup designers. Their decision to present the two leads in bright colours (in contrast to the bleak wasteland) is not only in keeping with the nostalgic nature of the film but also gives them an innocent likeability. Turbo Kid himself, Aaron Jeffery’s cowboy and the entire cast are fantastic but Laurence Leboeuf steals the show as Apple. She’s a manic pixie dream girl who uses a garden gnome as a bludgeoning weapon. What’s not to love? It’s hilarious watching Turbo Kid flinch every time her eyes dart enthusiastically. There’s a lot of eye work in her performance. So much so it becomes integral to the plot. This film is perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy a quirky soup containing Hobo With a Shotgun, the soundtrack of “Stranger Things”, the blood gushing humour of Bad Taste and then have someone accidentally drop an innocent 80’s kids movie into the mix. Related Topics:Aaron JefferyFrançois SimardLaurence LeboeufMichael IronsideMunro ChambersTurbo Kid Up Next Review: Wolf House Shares Stylistic Similarities With REC and The Descent Don't Miss Review: Attack of the Killer Shrews! Certainly Feels Like a Troma Movie Continue Reading Advertisement You may like Click to comment Facebook Advertisement Dark Universe Presents https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0T8C3JIJLA&t=22s Twitter Follow @DUHDNews Advertisement Latest Popular Videos Blu-Ray & DVD19 hours ago ‘Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh’ to Get a Slasher Classics Collection (UK) Blu-Ray Via 88 Films News2 days ago Barbara Crampton “Would Love” to Return to ‘Re-Animator’ in a New Re-Imagining or TV Series News3 days ago Michael Myers Hangs Out With Mannequins in New Behind-the-Scenes Photos from ‘Halloween’ Reviews3 days ago Review: Leprechaun Returns is a Great Horror Throwback, Full of Fun Blood and Guts News4 days ago NECA Presents New 7″ Pennywise: The “Dancing Clown” Figure, Releasing 2019 News2 weeks ago Epic Behind-the-Scenes Photos from ‘Halloween’ Show Off the Mask and Gruesome Props News4 weeks ago Gruesome Behind-the-Scenes Photos from ‘Halloween’ Show Michael’s Deformed Hand News3 weeks ago New Line Cinema’s Third ‘Annabelle’ Film Gets an Official Synopsis News4 weeks ago New Trailer and Poster for ‘Lifechanger’ Will Drain the Life Out of You Blu-Ray & DVD4 weeks ago Soska Sisters’ ‘Rabid’ Remake is Now Up for Pre-Order on (UK) Blu-Ray Advertisement Trending Horror Lists3 years ago The Many Different Michael Myers Masks Used In Halloween: H20 News2 years ago Todd McFarlane Makes An Announcement on His ‘Spawn’ Script News2 years ago Photo of Doug Bradley Back in Pinhead Makeup for First Time in 12 Years! News2 years ago George A. Romero to Bring ‘Pint of the Living Dead’ to Ottawa ComicCon Blu-Ray & DVD2 years ago Arrow Video Bringing J.S. Cardone’s 1982 Slasher ‘The Slayer’ to Blu-Ray! News2 years ago Official “Friday the 13th: The Game” Release Date Finally Announced! News2 years ago New Photos From Adam Ripp’s Demonic Horror Flick ‘Devil’s Whisper’ News2 years ago Spike’s “The Mist” New Series Trailer Features Gore and Scares!