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Reel Reviews – Assault On Precinct 13

Reel Review #32: “I got this plan. It’s called “Save Ass”. And the way it works is this – I slip outta one of these windows and I run like a bastard!” This film can best be summed up as Rio Bravo meets a 1970’s exploitation flick. John Carpenter puts together a fun film worth checking out. “Why would anybody want to shoot at a police station?” Find out.

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9 Responses to “Reel Reviews – Assault On Precinct 13”


  1. Gravatar Icon 1 Vic Mar 28th, 2005 at 12:50 pm

    Michael- Another great review of one of my fave B-movies. You not only gave a fun recap of the plot but gave out a whole bunch of information about the film & actors that I hadn’t heard before. Good job! Way back in 1977 I published a one shot movie magazine named PHOBOS where I interviewed John Carpenter about his first film DARK STAR and ASSAULT which had just come out. I was so bummed that nobody was making a big deal about this movie. The distributor had a terrible ad campaign and most film fans thought it was just exploitation trash. I had it shown at Loyola Marymount University in southern California and the college students went crazy for it. I’m glad that over the years it has finally been recognized a nicely stylized b-movie that foreshadowed what was to come from the talented John Carpenter.
    Keep reviewing films worth watching-
    -Vic
    PS- For those interested, an audio version of the Carpeter interview mentioned above can be heard on my Podcast- Vix Audio Show #1. Go to my web site for details.

  2. Gravatar Icon 2 Keith Mar 29th, 2005 at 12:18 pm

    Just listened to the cast on AP13. Good stuff. It’s nice to hear some of the background stuff (candy glass, John T. Chance, etc.). I will return.

    BTW, what technology are you using to create the show? Are you micing right into the pc? Minidisc? Just curious. I just bought a minidisc to record my four-year-old daughter (singer/dancer/philosopher). Maybe I could sideline into DJing (the 70s definition, that is: playing music and gabbing). Or whatever.

    Nice work.

    K

  3. Gravatar Icon 3 Michael Mar 29th, 2005 at 12:36 pm

    Vic,

    Wow, that is awesome. Thanks for pointing to your interview from so many years ago. In case anyone want to hear Vic’s interview with John Carpenter form 1977 here is the link.

  4. Gravatar Icon 4 Philo Mar 29th, 2005 at 2:09 pm

    Michael,

    I’ve been enjoying your podcasts for several weeks and went back to your archives as well. I appreciate your point of view and insights. “Bring me the Head of Alfredo Garcia” is high on my Netflix que now.

    I’ve also been a John Carpenter fan for years. If we overlook “The Invisible Man” and some other dreck apparently done to pay the bills, he’s done some pretty fantastic work. As “Assault” was obviously Howard Hawk goes to L.A., I always thought “Halloween” was pure Hitchcock meets slasher. The most effective sceens in “Halloween” are the lingering shots on innocent objects made sinister by context.

    “Escape From New York” stands up well to repeated viewings as well. It also “borrowed” from “Big Jake”, the 1971 John Wayne film directed by George Sherman. Recall the refrain, “I thought you were dead” repeated throughout both.

    Have you considered a ‘cast on “Blade Runner”? Another classic, in my opinion.

    Again, nice job. I look forward to your next podcast.

  5. Gravatar Icon 5 Rick Kunst Mar 30th, 2005 at 7:56 pm

    i am now a regular listener. i found your podcast by random chance a week ago and promptly downloaded everything you have available. very inincisive information from someone who loves movies and knows what he’s talking about. i can’t find enough people to tell about your site. nice work, i hope you continue far into the future, thanks. rick

    p.s. waiting for the seven samurai…

  6. Gravatar Icon 6 Michael Mar 30th, 2005 at 10:01 pm

    Philo,

    Thanks for the comment. Great observations on Halloween. I agree that with Carpenter you must occasionally be willing to overlook some films such as “Ghosts of Mars”. Though I always thought “Vampires” was fun. Of course Blade Runner is on the list. So many good films, so little time.

    Rick,

    Thanks for the kind words. The Seven Samurai will come. It will happen when I have enough free time that I feel that I can do it justice. I’d like to reread some of my Kurosawa books prior to tackling it. In fact, I am just packing for a trip and grabed “The Warriors Camera” for some airplane reading.

    Thanks again.

  7. Gravatar Icon 7 Drew M. Apr 6th, 2005 at 8:36 pm

    Hey Michael Loved the review, and I just wanted to chime in and let you know that I just purchased Assault on Precinct 13 based mainly on your recommendation. Let me Just say that I was not disappointed and I really enjoyed the movie, in fact it just might the best $5.99 I ever spent.
    Thanks a lot for doing what you do. -Drew M.

  8. Gravatar Icon 8 Mobile Truck Advertising Nov 13th, 2007 at 1:33 pm

    I remember when they were filling this movie. I was across the set when they were filming. I spent all day watching them. It was awesome. On a side note, John Carpenter is one of my favorites!

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