Sometimes Superhero Schlock turns into Let’s See Which Other Crappy Remakes Were Made In Turkey and tonight is one of such nights as we present “Aysecik ve Sihirli Cüceler Rüyalar Ülkesinde” (a.k.a. Aysecik and the Bewitched Dwarfs in Dreamland or Turkish Wizard of Oz). Yes, in 1971 the Turkish cinemagoers were ready to see their homemade version of The Wizard of Oz and was it good? Erm, next question.
The Turkish version of Dorothy didn’t look so much like Dorothy, but was more of a cross between Snow White and a porn actress. Mind you, we’re not complaining.
As most of you will know, Dorothy ends up in Oz when a tornado hits her way. Expensive special effects there, so how would a Turkish no-budget movie solve this? Simply, by making a cartoon version of that scene. Noone will ever know, especially not if you also turn that into the credit scene. Then it’ll look normal and professional. Sort of. Okay. Not then.
Then there’s the extra characters: add some people in funny costumes, add some midgets (read: take all the midgets you can find, nevermind if the costumes look good on them) and you’re one step closer to making a box office hit.
Oh yeah, a soundtrack: we need that too. While taking songs of the original soundtrack may be too expensive (you could just steal some songs, but that would cost you dearly if you’re caught), there’s always a German movie you can steal a soundtrack from. Noone will ever find out! Honestly!
Good… now we need a talking skull. Well, it’s the Wizard in disguise, but we can’t use the Wizard because his costume isn’t ready. So a talking skull… well, that sounds tricky: how can you get a skull to talk? Oh, I know, you don’t, let’s just put a skull on top of a table and let the other characters listen to it, and noone will notice the skull isn’t moving its mouth when it’s talking. Cinema magic!
I did mention the wonderful third-rate costumes before, but a special thanks should go to the Tin Man (now that costume really doesn’t fit) and the Witch (a wonderful use of extra bits of make-up and costumes you couldn’t use for characters). The Wizard isn’t in this video, so I’ll mention him later, but again, wonderful costume there!
Right, okay, actors, costumes, no ideas, stolen soundtrack… I think we’re ready for Turkish Wizard of Oz! Sadly, the video isn’t available any longer on YouTube, but one user set some scenes to music, so at least we can enjoy that.
For more info: http://www.thewavemag.com/pagegen.php?pagename=article&articleid=22477
(The Wave Magazine’s review of Turkish Wizard of Oz, complete with some pictures. Including one of the Wizard. That’s the one with the pointy head.)