STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE was the first theatrical adventure for the crew of the Starship Enterprise, right? Wrong. Six years before Robert Wise’s 1979 film brought Captain Kirk out of retirement, there was another film – TURIST ÖMER UZAY YOLUNDA.
ÖMER THE TOURIST IN STAR TREK is the eighth entry in a (culturally) popular series of films about a tramp played by Sadri Alışık who constantly finds himself over his head in strange locals. In 1973, writer/director Hulki Saner took the character on a trip to the final frontier in a completely unauthorized crossover with the Star Trek universe. Loosely adapting the original series episode “The Man Trap”, TURKISH STAR TREK (as it’s popularly referred to) takes a relatively faithful adaption of Star Trek lore and throws in a bumbling hobo. The results are, well ... strange is a good word.
Join Video Hate Squad this May for VHS screenings of TURKISH STAR TREK – a movie made by a country completely unafraid of international copyright laws. Unauthorized use of Star Trek footage and music; just slightly compressible plots; bizarre monsters; and muscled, oiled robots that will have you questioning your sexuality – TURKISH STAR TREK has it all. Oh, did I mention it’s in Turkish without any English subtitles or dubbing?
This is a unique trip through the bowels of video hell – a journey through strange landscapes and murky motivations. You’ll sit in a trance as salt vampires and yellow-shirted Mister Spocks cavort across the big screen in glorious video quality transfers. We may even have to break out the tracking a couple of times during the screening.
Video Hate Squad is a new series in Houston, curated by the team of programmers in Austin. Dedicated to preserving that most fragile of film formats, Video Hate Squad shines a spotlight on films that are otherwise completely unavailable to audiences. These are movies without 35mm prints, DVDs or Blu-rays – films that have been orphaned by the digital ages. Rather than let these movies be lost to the sands of time, we’re preserving them and presenting them for your viewing enjoyment.
Join us this May for TURKISH STAR TREK and remember those long lost Saturday nights spent exploring the local video store in search of a hidden treasure. Before Netflix and even before Blockbuster, there used to be a sense of mystery and intrigue associated with home entertainment. Video Hate Squad is 100 percent dedicated to defrosting that VHS danger and putting it where it never dared dream to dwell - on the big screen. Join us. Join us. Join us!