Saturday, December 25, 2010
ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (1981)
"I don't give a fuck about your war... or your president."
John Carpenter was one of the best directors throughout the 1980's. It's too bad the quality of his movies went on a pretty sharp decline as that decade ended. This one was made right in his best period and although it's not a horror film it's still one of my favs. I've seen it at least 10 times now and I always find it entertaining. There's not a whole lot of other action type films I could say that about. The strength is in the amazing cast. Of course you have Kurt Russell doing his cool mother-fucker anti-hero act, Donald Pleasence as the president, Isaac Hayes as the bad-ass bad guy, plus Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Tom Atkins and Adrienne Barbeau's awesome cleavage! On top of that you have a simplistic but highly effective soundtrack by Carpenter. If you forget the crappy sequel I think this one still holds up, especially when compared to the sorry excuses for entertainment that current action films are.