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Assault on Precinct 13


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Two years before he changed the horror movie genre ,John Carpenter set the tone for his career with this explosive, paranoid action thriller. In South Central LA the vicious (but very inclusive) Street Thunder gang have acquired a cache of high-powered weaponry. The mission: get revenge on the LAPD for the death of six gang members. The plan: launch an all-out assault on the skeleton crew of the soon to be decommissioned Anderson police precinct, and kill anyone who gets in their way. Cut off from outside help the staff, prisoners and civilians inside the precinct will have to band together if they want to survive.

Why You Should See This Film

Assault on Precinct 13 was written, directed, scored, and edited by Carpenter (go off, king). He drew inspiration from American classic siege films like Rio Bravo and Night of the Living Dead, filtered through a lens of late-70s societal malaise and distrust of authority— a densely populated city where nobody wants to get involved becomes just as isolated and alienating as the desolate high plains. Grimly humanistic, filled with moments still genuinely shocking in their sudden violence and featuring one of his most pulsating synth scores, this is the film that announced Carpenter as a talent to watch.

John Carpenter
Austin Stoker, Darwin Joston, Laurie Zimmer, Martin West, Tony Burton
91 minutes

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