|release date||November 5 1976|
|starring||Austin Stoker, Darwin Joston, Laurie Zimmer|
SynopsisThe lone inhabitants of an abandoned police station are under attack by the overwhelming numbers of a seemingly unstoppable street gang.
While Dark Star is technically John Carpenter’s first film, Assault on Precinct 13 is his first solo directing gig and the first to really feel like a Carpenter film. The glorious widescreen, the confined space, the dark humor, the blue-collar badass – all of the elements he’ll frequently revisit are there. Not to mention how incredibly assured the entire film is. With Precinct 13, Carpenter skipped the amateur phase of filmmaking and stepped right into the “master” class. While it may not be as synonymous with Carpenter as Halloween or The Thing, this low-budget love letter to Hawks’ Rio Bravo and Romero’s Night of the Living Dead stands as one of his best (and personally, one of my favorite films of all time, so pardon me if I gush a bit over this Blu-ray). …Read More