Thursday, January 19, 2012

Assault on Precinct 13: Life Imitating Art

I've always had a soft spot for urban paranoia films of the seventies, perhaps because I grew up in Flint during the seventies. This brief scene from John Carpenter's Assault on Precinct 13 has some uncanny parallels with the old hometown. The low-budget thriller's advertising materials do a nice job of summing up the plot: "A cop with a war on his hands. His army of street killers. His only ally...a convicted murderer."

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