Prep for the Assault on Precinct 13 Blu-ray Release by Counting Down the Top 10 John Carpenter Films

Prep for the Assault on Precinct 13 Blu-ray Release by Counting Down the Top 10 John Carpenter FilmsPrince of Darkness (1987)

Prince of Darkness is the second film in a trio Carpenter called his "Apocalypse Trilogy," the first being The Thing and the third being In the Mouth of Madness. They all featured bleak endings for the characters and were dark, sinister tales. Prince of Darkness featured Carpenter regulars Donald Pleasence, Peter Jason and Victor Wong as well as an Alice Cooper appearance. Cooper also wrote a song entitled "Prince of Darkness" for the soundtrack. Which leaves one to ask, how is it possible that Alice Cooper didn't already have a song entitled "Prince of Darkness" on his credits by 1987? Parts of the film were inspired by fictitious professor Bernard Quartermass, created by writer Nigel Kneale for BBC Television.

Escape From New York (1981)

"The name's Plissken". In Escape From New York Carpenter created the man who may very well be the coolest goddamn hero ever to hit the silver screen, Snake Plissken. It was Carpenter's second film with Kurt Russell, as the two previously teamed up for a television movie entitled Elvis wherein Russell played Presley (and was nominated for an Emmy Award for his performance) two years earlier. Of course, in Escape From New York Manhattan has become a maximum security prison, and as luck would have it, the prisoners of Manhattan have captured the President after a crash of Air Force One and are holding him somewhere inside their prison home. It's up to Snake Plissken to find him. Nick Castle, who played Michael Myers in the original Halloween, co-wrote the film with Carpenter. Escape From New York was another box office success for Carpenter, bringing in over $25 million just at the domestic box office. Not a bad haul for 1981.

The Thing (1982)

Is there any better film collaboration than John Carpenter and Kurt Russell creating Escape From New York and The Thing? And amazingly, the two movies came out less than one year apart with Escape being released in July of 1981 and The Thing arriving in June of '82. Unfortunately for The Thing, another more positive film about an alien life form was released in theaters two weeks earlier - E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, which was dominating the box office on its way to becoming the highest-grossing film of all time (a title it would hold for 10 years until relinquishing it to Jurassic Park). The Thing was incredibly underappreciated during its theatrical run. Thankfully it would later garner all the love it deserved. It's claustrophobic. It's filled with paranoia and real fear. Based on John W. Campbell, Jr.'s, novel Who Goes There? (adapted first in 1951 as The Thing from Another World), The Thing certainly goes down as one of the most beloved horror/sci-fi films of all time.

Halloween (1978)

And, of course, Halloween. Not only did John Carpenter create one of the most successful independent horror films of all time, he helped to set the groundwork for the slasher sub-genre of horror that would become so prevalent in the 80's and beyond. Haddonfield, Dr. Loomis, Laurie Strode and Michael Myers - all staples of the horror genre and beloved by the subculture - were born in this movie. Halloween, and all its tie-ins to Psycho, launched Carpenter into stardom and got him going on a run of incredible films he created in the late 70's and early 80's that are still loved by viewers today. The legend that is John Carpenter began to grow as soon as Michael Myers escaped that mental institution and began his trek back to Haddonfield. And fans of horror cannot thank him enough for bringing us along for the ride.

Assault on Precinct 13 Collector's Blu-ray/DVD Release Details:
Delivering more terrifying perils and action suspense, John Carpenter’s acclaimed pre-Halloween thriller ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 all-new Collector’s Edition Blu-ray/DVD combo pack hits home entertainment shelves everywhere on November 19 from Scream Factory. This definitive edition release of ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 boasts a bounty of all-new special bonus content, a collectible cover featuring newly rendered retro-style artwork, a reversible wrap with original theatrical key art, and much more!

Assault on Precinct 13 Special Features

  • Audio Commentary with writer/director John Carpenter
  • NEW Audio Commentary with Art Director and Sound Effects Editor Tommy Lee Wallace
  • NEW interview with actress Nancy Loomis Kyes
  • NEW interview with actor Austin Stoker
  • Interview with John Carpenter and Austin Stoker
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Radio Spots

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    nazo's picture

    I haven't seen everything he's done, but...

    1. Big Trouble In Little China
    2. The Thing
    3. They Live
    4. Escape From New York
    5. Halloween
    6. Assault on Precinct 13
    7. Christine
    8. The Fog
    9. Prince Of Darkness
    10. In The Mouth Of Madness

    Submitted by nazo on Thu, 11/21/2013 - 1:06pm.
    kiddcapone's picture

    Just because I love lists:

    1: Escape from New York
    2: Halloween
    3: Big Trouble in Little China
    4: The Thing
    5: They Live
    6: Prince of Darkness
    7: The Fog
    8: Vampires
    9: In the Mouth of Madness
    10: Assault on Precinct 13

    Submitted by kiddcapone on Wed, 11/20/2013 - 10:56am.
    GODFLESH69's picture

    my top 10 Carpenter films in this order how Vampires made this top 10 is beyond me?; but to each their own STARMAN is a classic sci fi as well .


    Submitted by GODFLESH69 on Mon, 11/18/2013 - 11:23pm.
    frank_dracman's picture

    Mouth of Madness above Big Trouble?! Here I thought I was the only one who loves that movie. This is why I hate top 10 lists. I can name my 10 favorite movies, but it's damn near impossible for me to put one above another. It all depends on my mood, and it just so happens that Carpenter has a movie for every occasion. I can, however, put Ghosts of Mars on the bottom of the list. That movie just plain sucked.

    Submitted by frank_dracman on Wed, 11/20/2013 - 4:49pm.
    MonsterMash's picture

    I hate top ten lists too. For the same reasons. Here's mine: I love John Carpenter. The End.

    Submitted by MonsterMash on Wed, 11/20/2013 - 7:31pm.

    Big Trouble in Little China is one of my favourite movies.. I have a huge poster of it and a Pork Chop Express T-shirt. I have seen it probably more than any other film, except maybe Aliens.

    I'd say Assault on Precinct 13, Escape From New York (I *love* the dark synth themes for both those two) and Big Trouble are my favourite Carpenter movies, although I obviously love Halloween a lot and, well, pretty much everything on this list is great stuff - Prince of Darkness is just fucking weird, but spooky weird.

    Submitted by Chernobyl Kinsman on Mon, 11/18/2013 - 10:13pm.
    GODFLESH69's picture

    I was lucky enough to be able to catch most of Carpenters classics in the theater could always count on a new flick coming from him every couple years i miss those days!!!

    Submitted by GODFLESH69 on Mon, 11/18/2013 - 9:38pm.

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