Assault On Precinct 13


John Carpenter’s low-budget homage to Howard Hawks’ Rio Bravo relocates the action to a derelict LA police station where a lone black cop (Austin Stoker) and a couple of convicted killers en route to Death Row are beseiged by a heavily armed street gang. Carpenter’s economical narrative, prowling camerawork, fast cutting and pitch-black humour ensured that this seminal exploitation item became a major influence on the likes of Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez and John Woo.


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