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Assault on Precinct 13

Assault on Precinct 13
Action, Thriller, Crime, Cult classic | 1976 | R. 1hr 31min
CAST: Austin Stoker, Darwin Joston, Laurie Zimmer DIRECTOR: John Carpenter WEIRD ELEPHANT | MAR 3 & 4, 2023

Written, directed, scored, and edited by John Carpenter two years prior to HALLOWEEN, ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 combines the template of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD with the spirit of RIO BRAVO to forge a movie like no other. The story follows a group of police offers (including the mighty Austin Stoker) and convicts as they join forces inside a soon-to-be-closed L.A. police station. The reason? They must defend themselves against Street Thunder, a vicious gang who have taken a blood oath to kill someone trapped inside the precinct. Combining gritty action with arthouse style, ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 features powerful Cinemascope compositions, a pulsing synth score, and an immersive mood that only Carpenter can deliver.

"A joy to behold: a taut, aesthetic blast of violence."
Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"Mr. Carpenter is an extremely resourceful director whose ability to construct films entirely out of action and movement suggests that he may one day be a director to rank with Don Siegel."
Vincent Canby, New York Times
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