'Turbo Kid' directors pick their five favorite post-apocalyptic movies
If you like BMX bikes, Totall Recall bad guy Michael Ironside, and gore-drenched post-apocalyptic movies (and, really, who doesn’t?) then Aug. 28 is going to be a very good day. Why? Because that’s the date which sees the release of Turbo Kid, a film which features not one, not two, but all three of those things.
Set in a nightmarish, parallel-universe version of 1997, the film stars Munro Chambers as a bicycle-riding scavenger named The Kid who must face off against Ironside’s maniacal villain Zeus after he kidnaps The Kid’s new friend, Apple (Laurence Leboeuf).
The Sundance-screened result is an utterly nuts mash-up of such kiddie-friendly movies as The Goonies and BMX Bandits with any number of hyper-violent, future-wasteland films. But which post-apocalyptic movies would Turbo Kid filmmakers François Simard, Anouk Whissell, and Yoann-Karl Whissell personally recommend?
You can check out their choices (and the trailer for Turbo Kid) below.
1. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981, dir. George Miller)
“The whole franchise is fantastic, but Road Warrior basically created a new genre! From the crazy stunts, the aesthetic, and the story, it’s just the perfect post-apocalyptic movie!”
2. The New Barbarians (1983, dir. Enzo G. Castellari)
“From all the Italian Mad Max rip-offs, this one has a special place in our hearts for the aesthetic, music, and best use of mannequins in stunts. It played a big role in the inspiration of Turbo Kid. It’s our guilty pleasure: heck, no, we fully endorse it!”
3. Escape From New York (1981, dir. John Carpenter)
“For the amazing soundtrack from Carpenter to the bleak look of a New York turned into a prison—and because it showcases the badass character that is Snake Plissken.”
4. The Road (2009, dir. John Hillcoat)
“Even if we love our post-apocalypse with spikes, leather, and sport equipments, in reality, if there was an actual apocalypse, this is most probably the way it would unfold… and the thought of it makes it pretty scary.”
5. 1990: Bronx Warriors (1982, dir. Enzo G. Castellari)
“Yes, we can’t help ourselves, another Enzo Castellari (and featuring Fred The Hammer Williamson again!). Everyone needs a live drummer when having a dramatic showdown between clans.”
You can find out where Turbo Kid is playing at the film’s official website.