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Assault on Precinct 13
L.A.'s deadliest street gang just declared war on the cops.
The lone inhabitants of an abandoned police station are under attack by the overwhelming numbers of a seemingly unstoppable street gang.
John Carpenter is the best director of all time.
An interracial gang wages an all-out assault on a police station. In their way is a street smart cop, a hottie with a nice rack, and a con who really wants a smoke. A blood-oath. An ice cream truck. A Real Housewife of Beverly Hills's last scoop of vanilla. A father's swift justice with a twist. Being marked for death by Che and the gang. A dispatcher's last call. A save-ass plan. A game of hot potato seals Snow White's fate. Backseat peek-a-boo. Having to wing it. Not arguing with a confident man. The ultimate last stand. Wilson finally gets that smoke. Carpenter's Mona Lisa.
Carpenter's fascination with group adventures and siege movies has fed through his entire filmography - culminating in the vastly underrated Ghosts of Mars - but Assault on Precinct 13 is the original Hawksian blueprint distilled and revamped. It's a credit to Carpenter and the cast and crew involved that the entire experience feels effortless in spite of how meticulous the construction is. There's incredible character work, a defined time and place (Carpenter's score helps considerably), dedicated moments of tension, explosive set-pieces of violence and horror; and it's all in the course of 90 fucking minutes. Truly spellbinding exploitation, transforming human faces into modern zombies and introducing wave after wave within stark widescreen frames. Can't wait to make a double feature with this and Green Room, if only to observe the influential power of Carpenter's work to this very day.
A dynamic blend of kinetic direction, relentless action & energetic performances, Assault on Precinct 13 is a severely underrated action thriller that grabs the viewers' attention from its opening moments & never lets go until the very end. Written, directed, edited & scored by John Carpenter, it is one of the finest works of his career & arguably the most transparent reflection of this director's filmmaking style.
Set in a crime-infested ghetto in South Central Los Angeles, Assault on Precinct 13 covers a series of events taking place within the same day & begins with covering three plot lines which later merge into one. On a superficial level, it tells the story of a police officer who, with the help of convicted prisoners, defends a…
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Look at that, two cops wishing me luck. I'm doomed.
It's obvious from looking at this film that even at this point in his career Carpenter had some sort of obsession with the mechanics of the old westerns. A strange mix of Rio Bravo and Night of the Living Dead, this low-budget exploitation flick is a shining example of Carpenter's style. A group of heroes against an overwhelming force set to an empty and enigmatic background is an outline that can fit into a hell of a lot of his films, and yet, none of them are exactly alike. Comparing Assault on Precinct 13 to Ghosts of Mars (which was made 25 years…
Dun dun-dun-dun-dun. Dun dun-dun-dun-dun. Dun dun-dun-dun-dun.
I always seem to forget just how catchy that theme tune is. In fact, I think out of all the John Carpenter themes (and soundtracks, for that matter) the one for Assault On Precinct 13 is my favourite. It's also a soundtrack that does for the atmosphere of this film at its key moments the kind of job that ALL soundtracks are supposed to do.
In fact, as I was commenting to my wife last night, when I first saw Assault On Precinct 13 as a 13 year old as part of a Moviedrome series I actually recognised the theme tune even though I had definitely never seen the film before. Not sure where…
Typical likable Carpenter characters. A lot of fun
Exhilarating watch. The perfect 70's feel accompanied by a great score from the master himself. Rocky around the edges here and there but that's to be expected. Regardless I enjoyed this and it's definitely better than the remake.
If you ignore Dark Star, and I like you can because it was not intended to be a feature film, this is one of the great directorial debuts.
Carpenter's career hits the ground running with this tense base under siege thriller that sees a cop, a civilian worker and two prisoners holed up in a defunct police station, protecting a man from a relentless onslaught from a gang without knowing why they're doing it, except that it's the right thing.
Ostensibly a take on Rio Bravo, this is an improvement, jettisoning the jarringly ridiculous romantic aspects of that film, even if it is replaced by something only slightly less far fetched but immeasurably more subtle.
The unlikely support from a…
The action is limited, and the social commentary is too obvious--in that way it feels more like a George Romero film than a John Carpenter one (come at me). But the nuts-and-bolts storytelling is refined. It was so refreshing to go along with a movie for the first forty-five minutes without knowing exactly how the pieces would fit together. You can see Carpenter's strings--oh really, what exact time will the phones cut off?--but he respects the viewer.
"It would be a privilege if you'd walk outside with me."
"I know it would."
A western set in gang filled 1970's Los Angeles.
Alright now to the great era of John Carpenter. As much as I personally like Dark Star, I understand that it's basically just a student film.
This film though, Assault on Precint 13, is pretty close to flawless. Action packed all the way through, thoroughly entertaining, funny, suspenseful, and even a little haunting.
It's a very basic film, but something like this doesn't need to be anything more than that. It does exactly what it needs to do in a very tight, solid manner, that never lets the audience go.
John Carpenter is the motherfucking man. Great siege film that has Carpenter finding his visual and musical style early in his career. Nobody elevates "B" movies to such fantastic levels as JC.
John Carpenter makes haunted house thrillers like no one else. Although I didn't get into this one as much as some of his other films, the music, Wilson the prisoner, and the general premise were enough to hold my attention for the majority of the movie. I would have rather develop the characters more or gone straight into the action portion. I feel that Carpenter devoted either too much or not enough time to the characters. What results is an unhappy medium where I care a little about most of the characters, but not really, and there isn't enough time left for tension to form properly. Something about the pacing felt off. But really, it probably just felt that way because I'm tired and I watched David Lynch's Rabbits today as well, which could put anyone in a haze. Maybe it's the heat. Yeah, I'll blame the heat. My AC sucks
Frank Doubleday is part of one of the most brutal and ridiculous scenes carp ever did . Fun , fast and as always top notch addicting score.
Assault on Precinct 13 fits right in with the rest of John Carpenter's filmography, using simple dynamics and strong visual storytelling to make moody and atmospheric pictures that disturb as much as they frighten. This style does make some of Carpenters films difficult to connect with in my experience, though; His efficiency is a blessing as well as a bit of a hindrance from time to time.
Movies that are slightly off.
Great 60-90 min films (for those days when you just don't have the energy to watch a 3 hour masterpiece)
Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of hight quality "short" films. Easy…