In the future, crime is out of control and New York City is a maximum security prison. Grabbing a bargaining chip right out of the air, convicts bring down the President’s plane in bad old Gotham. Snake Plissken, a one-eyed lone warrior new to prison life, is coerced into bringing the President, and his cargo, out of this land of undesirables. Mayhem ensues.
Conversations about major big budget genre filmmakers of the ’70s and ’80s tend to center around George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, with Stanley Kubrick usually thrown into the mix, but John Carpenter deserves a spot in those talks as well, even if he typically worked with a much smaller budget than those guys. Look at Halloween, The Fog, The Thing, Big Trouble In Little China, They Live, and this article’s subject, 1981’s Escape From New York: That’s quite a run of films that are well remembered by many fans today, even if they didn’t all set the box office ablaze.
Speaking of blazes: Escape From New York is a fun film to revisit if you grew up during this era. Sure, the central premise that crime is so bad Manhattan has become a prison is pretty silly, and the special effects by Roger Corman’s crew aren’t quite up to par with what ILM was doing back then, but it’s one of those films that seems to be giving its audience a nod and wink with every plot turn, as if to say, “Buckle up and enjoy the ride, folks.” It’s hard not to think fondly of such a movie.
Today, one of our favorite YouTubers, Oliver Harper, has released yet another epic retrospective, this time looking back at this fan favorite flick. Check out some insightful commentary, little known facts, behind-the-scenes footage and other things any Carpenter fan should enjoy immensely.
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