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  1. Bob's rating of the film Assault on Precinct 13

    Magnificent opening that sets inception for foreshadowed avalanche of action and violence brings the best out of low budget - controversial murder scene and rich personalities, while simplicity, tension and music create an unique atmosphere that gives a flavor of horror in a form of the exploitation action-thriller. Thanks to its mixture, it's the kind of cult classic that hardly feels dated even by today's standards

  2. Stian Gledje Bekkvik's rating of the film Assault on Precinct 13

    3.5 One could suspect Carpenter of making his beginnings in the silent era...

  3. Levi Miah's rating of the film Assault on Precinct 13

    Proto-80s-Carpenter missing out on what the 80s brought (mainly neons), but edges itself into the era (way before) with heavy synths and high contrast cinematography. It plays around with horde horror tropes, although Carpenter's usual reliance on motiveless villainy doesn't particularly work well in the case of this film's realism, giving it a weird surrealistic thread that's left hanging. Worth revisiting though.

  4. Andre Flickatina's rating of the film Assault on Precinct 13

    how can we make these bad guys REALLY bad?...how about they kill a sweet little kid that just wants ice cream? ... bingo

  5. Scorpio Velvet's rating of the film Assault on Precinct 13

    A good beginning for Carpenter into the action stuff as well Hawks' RIO BRAVO served as a major inspiration for it. Love the music & story, well done.

  6. Il secondo maestro del revolver's rating of the film Assault on Precinct 13

  7. DenoResandono's rating of the film Assault on Precinct 13

    John Carpenter's second work as director is a thrilling, fun, exciting, and bloody action-thriller. He mixed the theme from Howard Hawks western - Rio Bravo and George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead into a fun-ride movie. Not to mention for its infamous "ice cream" gunshot scene...

  8. Dada Kubin's rating of the film Assault on Precinct 13

    Carpenter’s “urban Rio bravo” is like a mixture of socially conscious action film and a zombie tale. The attackers despite being alive and armed with fireguns act as simpleminded and get slaughtered like the undead, which gives an extra dimension to the fear of violent gangs. And then there’s the music: a classic of electronic music without which the film wouldn’t be as good as it is.

  9. giovanni's rating of the film Assault on Precinct 13

  10. strange_alive's rating of the film Assault on Precinct 13

  11. Sarika Joglekar's rating of the film Assault on Precinct 13

    favorite Carpenter after The Thing

  12. Enrico Cioni's rating of the film Assault on Precinct 13

    Though I can't say it blew my mind, there's something supremely likeable about this film.

  13. Michael Zyx MH Claes's rating of the film Assault on Precinct 13

    Rio Bravo story, Carpenter version. Crime & heroism have elastic boundaries in his 2nd feature film, he directed at the age of 27, with $100 000. Unsuccessful movie in the US, yet acclaimed in Europe. ===== 2ème long métrage de CARPENTER réalisé à l'âge de 27 ans avec 100.000 $. Film boudé aux USA mais encensé en Europe. Le crime et l'héroisme ont des frontières élastiques dans cette histoire de siège & de huis-clos.

  14. James Mackin's rating of the film Assault on Precinct 13

    Just some badasses acting in a badass manner.

  15. ionosonde's rating of the film Assault on Precinct 13

    pretty cool. a small group of people trying to survive against a silent, continuous, arbitrary assault on their lives. like going to war with a colony of bees. carpenter's synth tracks are always a treat and the other elements of the film carried the action along just fine.

  16. Christopher Morgan's rating of the film Assault on Precinct 13

    John carpenters got style. From the bumpin' soundtrack to the shots of skittering gang members illuminated by street lights, and the too cool for school cigarette smoking convict. Everything culminates into an above average seige movie.

  17. smndvdcl's rating of the film Assault on Precinct 13

    A great quote cited by MUBI, said by Carpenter: “In France, I'm an auteur; in Germany, a filmmaker; in Britain, a genre film director; and, in the USA, a bum.” I guess that makes me French then!

  18. Jim Fear's rating of the film Assault on Precinct 13

  19. Ethan's rating of the film Assault on Precinct 13

    Movies don't get more badass than this. This film is like a more tactical version of Rio Bravo. With one of the first great scores from John Carpenter he gives a haunting action packed film that echoes that of Night of the Living Dead but with living people. Didn't much care for the remake because it just lacked a certain cool that this film had.

  20. Duncan Gray's rating of the film Assault on Precinct 13

    John Carpenter set out to make a Western, and instead summoned a vision of apocalyptic post-punk L.A., creating the single clearest bridge between Hollywood-at-the-OK-Corral and 80s action bonanzas. Carpenter never excelled at wit or chemistry like Howard Hawks, and Precinct 13 is in dire need of an actor as charismatic as Kurt Russell, let alone John Wayne. But the siege is terrific, the faceless menace iconic.

  21. Log Lady's rating of the film Assault on Precinct 13

    Watching this in a movie theatre with a bunch of like-minded people was pure gold. Well, actually, I'm not that familiar with 70s action flicks, but I can definitely appreciate creeping tension, shrewd dialogue, classic action scenes, fantastic editing, and awesome control of space. Carpenter handles all this with amazing precision, and the final scene of smoke and confused faces is just great.

  22. Beatriz Ourique's rating of the film Assault on Precinct 13

  23. animalcalls's rating of the film Assault on Precinct 13

    Doesn't get much better than this.

  24. Jack's rating of the film Assault on Precinct 13

    Good film. I'd rather watch Night of the Living Dead though.

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