Mr. DuLac’s review published on Letterboxd :
"Got a smoke?"
There's a fairly large amount of the movie viewing public that know the name John Carpenter but have never seen any of his films from the 70s or 80s. If you're like me then you're now thinking "What's the point of knowing who he is then?"
This movie is a huge example of how brilliant Carpenter is when he wants to. This film was done for something around $100,000.00. It was filmed in 20 days. He wrote the score in like 3 days. One of the leads had never done anything on camera before. The film? It's brilliant. It's part western and part horror movie but neither at the same time.
The story was influenced by Rio Bravo and Night of the Living Dead. It's obvious when you watch the film too. Here's the thing though; the film doesn't take place in the old west and is by no means a horror movie, but the entire thing works perfectly.
The cast is actually great. You have an African-American in the lead of a 1976 film and it's not a blaxploitation movie. You also have a strong female lead that isn't there as a love interest. Then to top it off you have Napoleon Wilson which I can't help but see as the first in staple Carpenter characters like Jack Burton from Big Trouble in Little China.
Forget most of the films that Carpenter's done in the last two decades, it's because of movies like this that he has such a strong following and rightfully so.