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||IMDB Rating: 7.4/10 from 29,192 votes
||Release: 11 May 1978 (Netherlands) /
||Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
||Director: John Carpenter,
||Stars: Alan Koss, Austin Stoker, Charles Cyphers, Darwin Joston, Frank Doubleday, Gilbert De la Pena, Henry Brandon, John J. Fox, Kim Richards, Laurie Zimmer, Marc Ross, Martin West, Nancy Kyes, Peter Bruni, Tony Burton
||Synopsis: Police ambush and kill several gang members in Los Angeles. Gang members make a pact of blood to strike back at police, and conduct a siege on the police station which is almost abandoned and due to be closed. Staff of the closing precinct and the criminals being held there while in transit must work together to fight off the attacking gang members. Written by Scott McKenna <email@example.com>
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John Carpenter is one of few directors who can successfully transform their
movies into giant roller coaster rides without insulting the audience. James
Cameron does this, sometimes, but usually adds more plot to his stories.
Carpenter just takes simple premises, throws some characters together, and
lets everything evolve and unwind on their own. "Assault on Precinct 13"
deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as "Dawn of the Dead," or
perhaps the overrated "Texas Chainsaw Massacre," as a very low-budget
horror/thriller that takes a cast of unknowns, places them together, doesn't
really delve into their backgrounds, but lets everything just work itself
out like clockwork. There's an eager new cop, an infamous death row
murderer, and a relocating precinct, all stuffed together into a movie about
a vicious gang assault. It's brilliant in a very subtle way; a sign of
things to come for a director who has implemented some of the most oft-used
camera tricks in the horror world.
He pioneered the first-person killer perspective in "Halloween" - an effect
sorely missed on full screen TV and VHS versions, to once again be savored
on the wide screen DVD presentation. Carpenter received quite a number of
critical jabs in 1978 for his use of the POV technique, explained to be too
voyeuristic and potentially dangerous to be shown in a mainstream motion
picture. Hitchcock used the POV technique very subtly in "Psycho's" famous
shower sequence, but in "Halloween" it was far blunter, resulting in an
uproar of moral complaints.
No matter. "Halloween" became movie horror legend, casting a spell over its
viewers, inspiring major knock-offs such as the "Friday the 13th" series
(which has overall made more money than the "Halloween" franchise due to
more sequels than "Police Academy").
"Assault on Precinct 13" was one of Carpenter's very first efforts at
directing. It shows. The movie is flawed, imperfect, both technically and
otherwise (some of the dialogue in particular could have used fixing, and
the acting is nothing incredible by any means). But it still has an
addictive sense of urgency and frantic pacing that makes the movie feel like
one long, non-stop, brutal assault - even though the setup for the film
takes over forty minutes. It may not be a flawless film but it is one of my
It's about a new cop named Bishop (Austin Stoker) who is put in charge of a
transferring L.A. police precinct - number thirteen. As equipment is carried
out of the building and last-minute closings are made, far away a bus load
of convicts, including notorious murderer Wilson (Darwin Joston), decide to
stop at precinct 13 due to the fact that one of the criminals seems to be
coming down with a harsh cough. And downtown, a young girl is shot by a
ruthless gang member. Her father shoots the killer, and then flees to
precinct thirteen, hunted by the gang members, who eventually begin to siege
the precinct in a suicide raid. Trapped with two killers, a few cops and a
jail warden, Bishop and company try to think of a way out of the place
without getting shot by the vicious gang outside.
That's basically it - people stuck inside a police station trying to get out
without dying in the process. The movie is only ninety minutes long, give or
take, which is a good thing, because if it had been any longer it might have
lost some of its pacing and become tiring. Instead, there isn't a single
scene in "Assault on Precinct 13" that I think should have been cut. I'm
sure there are some that could have been tossed onto the editing room floor,
but I'm glad that the movie is the way it is - it flows smoothly and we
don't ever feel like a scene has gone on too long or too short. In that
sense, it's just about perfect.
Carpenter has had one of the most successful careers of all time, followed
by a legion of cult fans. His "Halloween" is one of the greatest horror
films of all time, and one of the most influential. He occasionally makes
his duds, like any director, but in this case, the good far outweighs the
bad. "Assault on Precinct 13" is an utterly refreshing film experience that
manages to maintain a fast speed but never appears to be cheating its target
audience, or treating them stupid. The movie is being remade in 2005, with a
considerably higher budget, bigger names, and probably worse directing. I
don't really look forward to this remake because I can almost guarantee
that, given the age it is being made in, there will be many pointless plot
explanations, worse dialogue and bad direction. "Assault on Precinct 13"
does not really need to be made again because the first one works so well.
History has taught us that most remakes are not at all on the same level as
their influences - just look at Hitchcock's "Psycho," then Van Sant's. If it
isn't broken, don't fix it. "Assault on Precinct 13" is not broken and it
does not need to be fixed.
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, Austin Stoker
, Charles Cyphers
, Darwin Joston
, Frank Doubleday
, Gilbert De la Pena
, Henry Brandon
, John J. Fox
, Kim Richards
, Laurie Zimmer
, Marc Ross
, Martin West
, Nancy Kyes
, Peter Bruni
, Tony Burton
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