Tracker Pixel for Entry

Turkish flix mega mix

by Greg Carlson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | Cinema | October 24th, 2018

design by Raul Gomez

On Thursday, November 15 at the Sanctuary Events Center, Grindflicks will present “Turkish Movie Showcase: A Mega Mix of Turkish Flix.” Tickets for the 21+ event are five dollars at the door, which opens at 7:00 p.m. The movie starts at 8:00 p.m.

HPR film editor Greg Carlson talked to Grindflicks founder and events coordinator Randal Black, who has been bringing the best in exploitation cinema to Fargo audiences since 2010, about the wild allure of unofficial re-imaginings of some durable Hollywood titles.

HPR: When were you introduced to the group of films knows as Turkish Remakesploitation/Turksploitation/Mockbusters?

Randy Black: With no real effort on my part, I've seemed to align myself with people who are into underground film. I was fortunate enough to have a friend at the time who actually collected “Turksploitation” movies. Like most people, I wasn't even aware that such movies existed. Of course, the first one my friend played for me was “The Man Who Saved the World,” better known as “Turkish Star Wars.” I think that would have been around 2002.

HPR: What do you like most about Turkish Remakesploitation?

RB: To me, what separates the Turkish mockbusters apart from other exploitation films is the true anarchic spirit that imbues the movies. While most exploitation films tried to cash in by riffing on the “flavor of the month/year,” Turkish production companies were blatantly ripping off existing movies -- sometimes with little to no understanding of the source material -- and did so without batting an eye. The brazen disregard for Hollywood politics and copyright laws is like a strange form of outlaw cinema. I guess that appeals to me on a certain level.

HPR: As remix culture goes, the Turkish variants on well-known Hollywood exports like “Jaws” and “E.T.” fall somewhere along the copyright spectrum between freely-adapted tribute/homage and blatant cash-grab plagiarism. What does the exploitation connoisseur say to those who would speak against theft of intellectual property and the unauthorized use of another’s music or character, etc.?

RB: Wow, that’s a really good question. I don’t support the theft of intellectual property when it comes to new and upcoming artists; the literal starving artists that spend their last penny to chase their dreams. They need revenue. They need to be able to take numbers back to producers and studio heads and say “Look, people are willing to throw down money for what I do. Support my vision and help me reach out to more people and we can make even more money.” But when it comes to bonafide blockbusters, honestly, I would probably tell critics to relax. These films were rip-offs of extremely popular movies that made a ton of money. It’s not like “Turkish E.T.” and “Turkish Star Wars” took food out of the mouths of Spielberg or Lucas.

HPR: Do you prefer the shot-for-shot remakes or the ones that diverge substantially from the originals?

RB: I prefer the divergent. They present a wild card element that keeps things fresh and interesting. It’s more entertaining to see a version of Spider-Man as a murderous dick than a friendly neighborhood wallcrawler. I would rather have E.T. inexplicably blow smoke out of his stomach than see his chest light up. Personally, I think shot-for-shot remakes are lazy and unimaginative. Except for “Turkish Exorcist.” That’s essentially a shot-for-shot remake but it's solid gold! Sorry, I tend to be a walking contradiction at times.

HPR: How self-aware are these films? Are we laughing at them or with them?

RB: A few of them are self-aware. I think. I hope, anyway. For example, in “Turkish Pink Panther” there’s a point in the film where the main character is actually going about in a pink, panther costume. I mean, it’s either tongue-in-cheek or the best example of how little some Turkish filmmakers knew about their source material. So, to answer your question, generally we’re laughing at them.

HPR: Why did you decide to make a supercut rather than show, say, a complete film like “Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam/The Man Who Saved the World/Turkish Star Wars” (Çetin Inanç, 1982)?

RB: There are a few I probably could have shown in their entirety -- like “Turkish Star Wars” and “Turkish Exorcist” -- but this showcase is more about exposing people to the wider, weirder world of Turksploitation. And, on the flip side, there are so many of these films that would be pretty rough to screen entirely. They have some great moments but are a bit of a slog. I want it to come at the audience so fast and so strange they really won’t have time to process what they’re seeing before the next bizarre image pops on the screen.

HPR: When you were putting the show together, what was the one scene or sequence you knew you had to include?

RB: Man, you ask the tough questions. Definitely the flying scenes from “Turkish Superman.” Definitely.

HPR: What Turkish Remakesploitation movie are you most excited to watch that you have not seen yet?

RB: While I was hunting for Turkish movies, I stumbled upon “Turkish Snow White.” Unfortunately, I just haven’t made time to sit down and watch it but I’m certainly intrigued.

HPR: What can newcomers to the Grindflicks experience expect when they come to see the Turkish Movie Showcase?

RB: I think that newcomers aren’t used to the kind of cheering and jeering we encourage at our screenings. Grindflicks screenings are movie parties, equal amounts of movie and party. But, newcomer or regular, if you’ve never seen Turksploitation, it’s going to be a unique experience. And, in all honesty, even I never know what to expect at our screenings.


Turkish movie showcase

Thursday, November 15, 8-10:30pm

Sanctuary Events Center, 670 4th Ave. N, Fargo

Recently in:


​Man and the moon

by C.S. Hagen

VALLEY CITY – Lowell Busching shuffled into The Vault, pointed to the staff-less counter featuring self-serve sandwiches, Kuchen, and coffee before launching into a history of the building, once a bank. Books and magazines are…

You probably won’t be connecting an Ethernet cable to your smartphone anytime soon. But it’s usually worth running Ethernet cables to the devices that matter, if you can—gaming and media PCs (or consoles), backup devices, and…

Thursday, July 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m.Zandbroz, 420 N Broadway, FargoAuthor Sarah Coomber will be making an appearance at Zandbroz for a reading and signing of her recently released memoir, "The Same Moon." Recently wed and soon…

It’s no secret Theodore Roosevelt loved North Dakota. It’s also no secret North Dakotans love Teddy. He left us with a legendary legacy and it’s no wonder that the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library will be in the…



by Ed Raymond

There Seems To Be A Lot Of Confusion About What Freedom Is!At a recent conference of the evangelical Christian’s Faith and Freedom Coalition, Chairman Ralph Reed, long a hard worker for the Moral Majority’s Jerry Falwell, had…

To say that this year’s Bartenders Battle was the best display of talent in the six years since its creation would be an understatement and a disservice to not only the bartenders who made it into the competition, but also the…

By Teresa Farrelltara.Ekren@essentiahealth.orgLove it or hate it, it’s rhubarb season! Rhubarb brings back good memories for me.Growing up on the family farm, my siblings and I would head outside with a bowl of sugar, snap off…

High Plains Reader had the opportunity to catch up with Sarah Shook, front woman of the North Carolina based punk country band Sarah Shook and the Disarmers. We had a chance to talk about life and love from the road, where she…

Legendary British skipper Tracy Edwards, who in 1989 led the first all-female crew of sailors to compete in the tough-as-nails, 33,000-mile Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race, makes for a convincing heroine in filmmaker Alex…


‘Local American epics’

by Sabrina Hornung

The US Postal Service recently released a set of stamps celebrating the New Deal era post office murals that were federally commissioned during the Roosevelt administration, though the mural that graces the walls of the New…

The annual mainstage summer musical, produced by Trollwood Performing Arts School and sponsored by Bell Bank, opens Thursday, July 11. This year’s performance is Disney’s “Freaky Friday.” Trollwood Performing Arts…

Stand-up comedy is traditionally a one-way exchange. Outside of the odd question addressed to a random audience member, the limit of the spectators’ contribution to the conversation is their laughter at the comedy stylings being…

If you’re from the region you may have sipped, sampled or caught word of a libation often referred to as “red eye” or “wedding whiskey” at some point. In fact some of our friends of German Russia descent swear by it. If…


Yoga on the Farm

by Ryan Janke

Every Thursday evening during the month of June, Mara Solberg is inviting people to come out and try Yoga on the Farm. It is a unique yoga experience that was born from an idea that was proposed to Solberg.“I’ve been with Red…

by Devin Joubertdevinlillianjoubert@gmail.comIt’s that beautiful time of the year that’s filled with seasonal decorations, sparkly lights, warm family gatherings, and delicious feasts. I love everything about this time of the…

Woman is born free and lives equal to man in her rights…The purpose of any political association is the conservation of the natural and imprescriptible rights of woman and man; these rights are liberty, property, security, and…