Escape from New York

Escape from New York ★★★★½

Carpenter Filmography 5

So much of this just shouldn’t work, which, of course, it doesn’t for some people. 

Highlights include the spectacular production and costume design, the brutalist action set pieces, the cinematography from Cundey, and the synth brilliance of Carpenter’s score. 

A retro apocalypse flavored by Reagan era patriotism, a love for the old stoic westerns of yore, radical political commentary, and just classic action filmmaking.

I also just think the funniest possible thing about this film is that the Briton Donald Pleasance plays the President of the United States and barely gets rid of his accent. 

Carpenter rapidly climbing up my favorite filmmakers list.