What's So Great About Escape From New York?

Man, everything!

Game-wise, the film's protagonist Snake Plissken inspired the character of Snake from Metal Gear Solid, and even, to an extent, the vibe and look of the games. (Realise that MGS was also inspired by a huge number of other movies as well.)

Escape from New York's director John Carpenter is involved in upcoming video game F.3.A.R. Time to go back and look at what makes John Carpenter so great.

Assault on Precinct 13

Not the recent, crappy release, but the 1976. Influenced by Howard Hawks' Western Rio Bravo and George Romero's zombie classic Night of the Living Dead, Assault on Precinct 13 told the story of urban warfare and gangs run amuck. Carpenter had originally hoped to make a Western, but wasn't able to secure enough funding — hence, the modern setting. Carpenter did edit the film under the pseudonym John T. Chance, the name of John Wayne's character in Rio Bravo.


Halloween not only features the debut of Jamie Lee Curtis, the daughter of stars Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh, but it also spawned a slew of slasher films in the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s. Filmed in summer on a low budget, the crew had to carry around a bag of dried leaves to scatter in the background to give the appearance of fall. Halloween was a smash hit at the box office. That iconic score? Director John Carpenter wrote it as well as co-writing the script.

The Thing

Another Howard Hawks inspired film, The Thing is a remake of The Thing From Another World, a 1951 picture with a directing credit by first-timer Christian Nyby. (Howard Hawks actually directed the film, however.) That film was an adaptation of a 1938 novel Who Goes There? Unlike Carpenter's previous films, he did not do the score — Ennio Morricone did. The Thing, with its storyline of alien life, was pitted against E.T. and Blade Runner in theatres. It lost. The movie got a video game sequel in 2002 with survival horror game The Thing.


I remember seeing Starman in theatres when I was 6 years-old. It wasn't what I was expecting from Carpenter. It probably wasn't what anyone was expecting. That's what makes it so great. Jeff Bridges was nominated for an Oscar for his performance of an alien who landed on Earth.

Big Trouble In Little China

John Carpenter reunited with his Escape from New York star Kurt Russell for this funny, action-packed special effect-laden yarn. There is a lot more going underneath the surface of this film than film references, a John Wayne hat-tip and Chinese dark magic. The movie, however, was a box office bomb, and made it hard for Carpenter to get projects off the ground for several years following its release. The film has since developed well-warranted cult status. Highly quotable dialogue!


    Escape from New York has to be one of my favorite movies.

      Ohhh yes Escape From New York is on my top 10 SciFi Action movie list, it is without a doubt a cult hit.
      As a pre-teen it left quite an impression on me.

      The music, the anti hero who only cared about himself, everything had so much character.

      Ever since then I couldn't get enough of John Carpenter, The Thing is also up there in my top 10 list.

      I didn't care for E.T. and very few people saw The Thing in the cinema, because of E.T. getting so much attention.

      Only years later when it was released on VHS (Video Home System) did it become a growing hit and is now of cult status.

      Scientists are still attempting to figure out what went wrong with Escape From LA.
      That was a kick in the teeth to all the fans.

      All you young readers out there who probably have never heard of any of these movies, I urge you please take the time to check out these classic movies.

    Escape from New York (I only saw it for the first time about 32 years ago) reminded me alot of condemned 1.

    The Thing was so awesome aswell.

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    The Thing and Escape from New York are two of my favorite movies of all time.

    is escape from new york the one where he rescues the american president who for some reason spoke with a british accent?

    John Carpenter is easily one of my favourite all time directors. Even beyond the films mentioned above, you've got incredible cult classics like They Live ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L86AAGZ9BBg ) and Prince of Darkness ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5I3Lt8PwyQ ) He's a B-movie legend.

      They Live: I can't beleive this didn't get a mention it is the most obvious for inspiration Duke Nukem.

      Also "In the Mouth of Madness" has to be my all time fav Horror movie.

      And yes his soundtracks rule!!!

      P.S: Lets forget to mention "Ghosts of Mars" shall we???

    Also, anyone who has seen In the Mouth of Madness(awesome, weird movie), might find elements of the plot of Alan Wake sounding familiar.

    Don't forget Dark Star! http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0069945/

    Escape from New York is good, besides that it was clearly NOT filmed in Manhattan, or any other part of New York City. Great story and characters though.

      What do you mean? That makes it even better. I am still convinced it looks like New York in the future 1999(not that I've ever been there).

    Big Trouble in Little China is one of my all time favourite films. Escape from New York is great too. Big fan of John Carpenter.

    I would kill for a good Escape from New York game! But then people would stupidly claim that it ripped off Metal Gear Solid. *sigh*

    The Thing, Escape from New York and Big Trouble in Little China.

    Three of my favourite movies, And I now want to check out Assualt on Precinct 13.

    Such a shame I can't find these movies in a video store.

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