HEAVY MIDNITES: Escape From New York

Live Set from DJ Quiz Kid Donnie Smith

The world’s greatest leader is a hostage in the most dangerous place on Earth. Now only the deadliest man alive can save him. John Carpenter’s pulse-pounding action smasher is the pinnacle of big screen badassery, a timeless cult classic of defiant anti-hero cool that helped usher in a flawless decade of film perfection for the genre auteur. And Kurt Russell’s Snake Plissken is cinema’s supreme symbol of renegade radness, an eye-patched outlaw equally adept at cracking skulls and cracking wise. There’s no doubt about it, Escape From New York is the ultimate post-apocalyptic jolt, a breakneck thrill ride that’s equal parts style, energy, and attitude, made by a team firing on all cylinders. It’s got a blazing soundtrack from Carpenter & Alan Howarth, stunning scope cinematography by Dean Cundey, and the manliest supporting cast ever assembled: Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence, Isaac Hayes, Harry Dean Stanton & Tom frickin’ Atkins! It’s a must-see for midnight maniacs!

Dir. John Carpenter, 1981, 35mm, 99 min.

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