Fresh off the heels of its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, a trailer has been released for Turbo Kid, the post-apocalyptic throwback from Anouk Whissell, François Simard and Yoann-Karl Whissell. What started as a short film (T Is For Turbo) that was submitted for the first ABCs Of Death anthology, is now a full length homage to Eighties kitsch. Our very own Dylan Griffin wrote a very positive review calling it a “a blast from the gory and campy past with a terrific sense of humour.”
Here’s the synopsis from Sundance:
It’s 1997. In a ruined post-apocalyptic world, the orphaned Kid survives on his own through drought-ridden nuclear winter, traversing the Wasteland on his BMX, scavenging for scraps to trade for a scant supply of water. When his perpetually chipper, pink-haired new best friend Apple is kidnapped by a minion of evil overlord Zeus, the Kid summons the courage of his comic book hero and prepares to deliver turbocharged justice to Zeus, his buzzsaw-handed sidekick Skeletron, and their vicious masked army.
Bolstered by a pitch-perfect synth score, and clever and cheeky period details, co-directors François Simard, Anouk Whissell, and Yoann-Karl Whissell create a raucous retro-futuristic action comedy that pays homage to ’80s movies great and small, while adding their own flair with inventive and exuberant violence and gore (prepare for disemboweling by exercycle). Sci-fi legend Michael Ironside delivers with malevolence and glee as the larger-than-life Zeus, a despicable villain with joie de vivre.
No word yet on an official release date.