Written by / 11/06/2011 / No comments / , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

JOHN CARPENTER 'ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13' W/ LAURIE ZIMMER

year: 1976 cast: Austin Stoker, Laurie Zimmer, Kim Richards
JOHN CARPENTER is the renown “Master of Horror,” and his scary films, often mixed with science fiction, followed this '70s low-budget crime/exploitation. And thanks to the Panavision, the gliding camera, and an ominous synthesized score, his latter classics owe a lot to this gritty, urban predecessor.

ASSAULT Rates: ****
Loosely based on Howard Hawks' RIO BRAVO, the plot centers on a nearly vacant police precinct about to be closed as Austin Stoker, a dependable cop, is sent to oversee the transition. Meanwhile, on the streets outside, a gang of bloodletting criminals gun down a little girl played by Kim Richards. Her father kills the leader and runs for shelter at the precinct while the vengeful thugs, like Indians in the Westerns Carpenter grew up watching, surround the precinct.

Shout Factory busy Cover
It’s now the good guys verses the bad guys: yet one of the heroes is a convicted killer, played with slow burn cool by Darwin Joston who, with Stoker and gorgeous yet tough office worker Laurie Zimmer between mousy office girl Nancy Loomis, fight off the antagonists within the darkened, claustrophobic confides.

The first half, setting up the precinct and the city streets… more of a barren wasteland than a lethal metropolis… wields the patented Carpenter long shots with mesmerizing suspense in an intentionally slow manner, far exceeding the last half as the frantic trio battle unseen exterior forces. And while the lead actors have chemistry with each other, their performances are often so low-key and monotone you’ll long to see the goons beyond the precinct walls. But Frank Doubleday, as the gangland sniper setting the entire plot into motion, is the most memorable: reminiscent of the sinister forces Carpenter would use later on.
John Carpenter soon-to-be regulars Charles Cyphers & Nancy Loomis with Laurie Zimmer
Austin Stoker, Laurie Zimmer and Darwin Joston in ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13
Austin Stoker, Laurie Zimmer and Darwin Joston in ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13
A Papillon like poster image of Nancy Loomis and Laurie Zimmer in Assault on Precinct 13
Noir blinds shadowy look in Assault on Precinct 13 w/ Laurie Zimmer and Austin Stoker
Austin Stoker, Laurie Zimmer in ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13
Charles Cyphers and Charles Cyphers in John Carpenter's Assault on Precinct 13
Laurie Zimmer and a tough stroll in John Carpenter's Assault on Precinct 13
Laurie Zimmer with Nancy Loomis in the background in ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13
Laurie Zimmer Assault on Precinct 13 Laurie Zimmer John Carpenter
Halloween's Cute and pointy Nancy Loomis begins her Carpenter's training in Assault on Precinct 13
Frank Doubleday is a backseat driver assassin in Assault on Precinct 13
Escape from New York's Romero in Carpenter's second feature Assault on Precinct 13 Frank Doubleday
Kim Richards enjoys the final flavor
"Why didn't I just stay at Witch Mountain?"
"Why are you on that stupid reality show? See where it got you?"
Share This Post :
Tags : , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.

All Time Popular

Featured Post

LAWRENCE TIERNEY KILLING AS 'DILLINGER' WITH ANNE JEFFREYS

Anne Jeffreys and Lawrence Tierney in DILLINGER Year: 1945 Rating: ****1/2 In the 1930's through to the 1960's and 1970's, befo...

WWW.CULTFILMFREAKS.COM

WWW.CULTFILMFREAKS.COM
Movie Reviews, Interviews, Articles and Pop Culture from White Heat to Blue City

RIP ACTOR KEN HUTCHISON

TOTAL HITS

Popular Trending

FOUNDED BY JAMES M. TATE

FOUNDED BY JAMES M. TATE
RANDOM QUOTE: "Well, I'd rather be a foghorn on Long Island than a nightingale down here." Lawrence Tierney, Kill or Be Killed

FILM NOIR & NEO NOIR CRIME

FAVORITES SHORTLIST

1)OTLEY 2)HELL IS A CITY 3)ROBBERY 4)THE FEARMAKERS 5)VIOLENT SATURDAY 6)CANYON PASSAGE 7)HOT CARS 8)JUNGLE STREET 9)ANATOMY OF A MURDER 10)THE CROWDED SKY 11))THE MAN FROM LARAMIE 12)SHARKS' TREASURE 13)SWEENEY TWO 14)RAIDERS FROM BENEATH THE SEA 15)HARDCORE 16)THE SYSTEM 17)WHITE HEAT 18)AL CAPONE 19)THE SERGEANT 20)FALLEN ANGEL 21)NIGHT CREATURES 22)CURSE OF THE DEMON 23)ASH WEDNESDAY 24)THE BREAK 25)AIR PATROL 26)DUEL IN THE JUNGLE 27)EASY LIVING 28)WILLIAM CONRAD'S BRAINSTORM 29)FRENZY 30)THE ROARING TWENTIES 1)DANA ANDREWS 2)JAMES CAGNEY 3)JACK NICHOLSON 4)MARLON BRANDO 5)STANLEY BAKER 1)VIRGINIA MAYO 2)SUE LYON 3)GENE TIERNEY 4)MERRY ANDERS 5)FAYE DUNAWAY DIRECTORS 1)JACQUES TOURNEUR 2)RICHARD FLEISCHER 3)STANLEY KUBRICK 4)ORSON WELLES 5)OTTO PREMINGER 6)JOHN LANDIS 7)JOHN GUILLERMAN 8)VAL GUEST 9)JOHN CARPENTER 10)MICHAEL WINNER

BRITISH NEW WAVE CINEMA

RARITIES AND EXPLOITATION

HAMMER HORROR & THRILLER

Popular This Month

CHARLES BRONSON CINEMA

CINEMA OF DANA ANDREWS

WESTERN GENRE REVIEWS

PEAKING INTO THE SIXTIES

KICKING IN THE EIGHTIES

TALES AND REFLECTIONS

REVVING THE SEVENTIES

FOR HORROR MOVIE REVIEWS


Reviews for the British series The Sweeney

Most Popular Last Year

RETURN TO THE HOMEPAGE