Sunday, February 8, 2009

Netflix Fix -- Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)

No, this isn't the one with Laurence Fishburne and Ja Rule. It's the far-superior original, from the brain of the great John Carpenter.

Loving this poster.

I'm opting to just post an awesome clip this time, rather to write an endless stream-of-thought about the flick. It must be said, though, that this is one I've waited far too long to check out, and it now completes my "John Carpenter catalog" domination.

And it's a very-enjoyably barbaric, chest-thumping, fearless action shoot-'em-up-like-heroin show from an era of synth-heavy soundtracks and glowing-red blood spurts. The best of times, in other words. Nobody (for my $$$) has ever used unconventional music in films as amazingly as Carpenter has. This Assault on Precinct 13 clip backs me up:

[What makes this scene so effective is the way that Carpenter sets this little girl character up. The couple of scenes she's in prior to this one feel totally random and unnecessary for the plot's sake, talking with her father in a car about pointless shit. Seasoned viewers should be able to sense that something bad is in her future, however, despite her mundane presence]

Goes to show....just be happy with your basic vanilla cone, kids.

Full Assault on Precinct 13 trailer:

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