Sundance kicked off last week featuring midnight releases of horror, thriller and sci-fi films. The midnight block will include the debut of TURBO KID which is pegged as a “lost crazy kids movie from an alternate 1980s that’s somehow has just been rediscovered.” Check out a new clip below along with a few stills from executive producer Jason Eisner (Hobo with a Shotgun.)
Decades after the apocalypse, the world has been left in a permanent nuclear winter. A lonely young orphan called THE KID roams the wasteland scavenging for comic books and paraphernalia from the 80s. He trades knick-knacks with the dodgy bar keep BAGU at the nearby trading post for fresh water, the most valuable commodity in this land forsaken by toxins. After bumping into arm-wrestling champion FREDERICK, the Kid sees a glimpse of the exciting world he’s been hiding from all these years. His routine existence is disrupted when he runs into the mysterious (and highly excitable) APPLE. Just as Apple starts to bring The Kid out of his isolated world with unflappable humour and goofy behaviour, their relationship is forever changed when she is kidnapped by a BOUNTY HUNTER working for ZEUS; the sadistic and overly-garrulous leader of the Wasteland.
Armed with little more than blind faith and an ancient turbocharged weapon, THE KID must confront his fears and embark on an incredible journey with Frederick to rid the Wasteland of evil and to save the girl of his dreams.
We always wanted TURBO KID to be like some lost crazy kids movie from an alternate 1980s that’s somehow has just been rediscovered.
We conceived a love story to be surrounded by the exploitation elements we grew up with; the post-apocalyptic scenario, the over-the-top gore, the turbo explosions and BMX tricks for good measure. We were going for a retro inspired aesthetic, not just from the overall visual presentation but how the narrative unfolds. We wanted TURBO KID to appeal to a whole new generation of warped kids (and adults).
Our main influences for TURBO KID come from: “BMX Bandits” – primarily for it’s costumes, the plastic-like colour palette and its friendship story; “The Road Warrior” – for it’s landscapes, action and post- apocalyptic scenario; “Cherry 2000” – for it’s sweet cheesiness and love story; Peter Jackson’s “Braindead” – for it’s slapstick practical gore effects; and the ridiculousness of Italian post- apocalyptic films. To all of this we added our own signature of dark humour and action sequences filled with our style and rhythm.
SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION
WORLD PREMIERE SCREENING TIMES:
Monday, January 26, 11:59pm
Egyptian Theatre, Park City
328 Main St., Park City, UT
Tuesday, January 27, 9:30 p.m. – TURBO27RN
Redstone Cinema 1, Park City
6030 Market St.,, Park City, UT
Thursday, January 29, noon – TURBO29YD
Yarrow Hotel Theatre, Park City
1800 Park Ave., Park City, UT
Saturday, January 31, 6:00 p.m. – TURBO31WE
Tower Theatre, Salt Lake City
876 E. 900 South, Salt Lake City, UT