Reviews Review: Turbo Kid Has the “Splatstick” Humour of Early Peter Jackson Published 3 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 Advertisement You may like Comments Advertisement Facebook Featured Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UoSqJFMS-A&t=20s Advertisement Latest Popular Videos Blu-Ray & DVD1 day ago Nucleus Films Releasing ‘Death Ship’ Extended Special Edition Blu-Ray in the UK This July Editorials2 days ago Bruce Markusen Looks Back at Six Horror Films from (1980) News4 days ago ‘Halloween Kills’ Director Teases Seriously Violent Michael Myers Murder Scene News4 days ago Todd McFarlane’s ‘Spawn’ Reboot in Very Active Development at Blumhouse Blu-Ray & DVD5 days ago ‘The Invisible Man’ Getting Uncut 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray in the UK This June News3 weeks ago New Details Revealed on ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ Reboot News4 days ago ‘Halloween Kills’ Director Teases Seriously Violent Michael Myers Murder Scene News3 weeks ago ‘Halloween’ Watch Party With Jamie Lee Curtis and More Taking Place This Saturday Music2 weeks ago ‘Halloween Kills’ Update: David Gordon Green Provides More Details During Twitter Watch Party News3 weeks ago Another Official Still from ‘Terrifier 2’ Shows a Bloody Art the Clown Videos3 weeks ago [Video] Watch Tommy Lee Wallace Convert a Captain Kirk Mask into Michael Myers! News2 months ago [Video] Greg Nicotero Teases Giant Spider for “Creepshow” Season Two News2 months ago [Trailer] ‘Gremlins’ Star Zach Galligan Takes on Dolls, Clowns and Leprechauns in ‘Evil Little Things’ News3 months ago [Video] New Footage from the Set of ‘Halloween Kills’ Shows Michael Myers Walking the Streets News3 months ago [Trailer] Nia DaCosta and Jordan Peele’s ‘Candyman’ Dares You to Repeat His Name Five Times Trending Editorials4 years ago The Many Different Michael Myers Masks Used In Halloween: H20 News3 years ago Todd McFarlane Makes An Announcement on His ‘Spawn’ Script News3 years ago Photo of Doug Bradley Back in Pinhead Makeup for First Time in 12 Years! Blu-Ray & DVD3 years ago Arrow Video Bringing J.S. Cardone’s 1982 Slasher ‘The Slayer’ to Blu-Ray! News3 years ago George A. Romero to Bring ‘Pint of the Living Dead’ to Ottawa ComicCon News3 years ago Official “Friday the 13th: The Game” Release Date Finally Announced! News3 years ago New Photos From Adam Ripp’s Demonic Horror Flick ‘Devil’s Whisper’ News3 years ago Spike’s “The Mist” New Series Trailer Features Gore and Scares!