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
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.