What a good night for horror film buffs. Tonight at the Aero Theater on Montana they will be presenting “Escape from LA” and “Escape from New York” with a discussion with John Carpenter between films! For those of you who have been living under a rock, John Carpenter is one of the most well known and enjoyed horror film writers and directors of our time. He wrote and directed both films being played tonight as well as “Village of the Damned,” “Halloween,” and “Big Trouble in Little China.”
- ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, 1981, Avco Embassy, 99 min. Dir. John Carpenter. Kurt Russell delivers one of his most memorable performances as ornery, one-eyed Snake Plissken, a sentenced-to-die anti-hero sent into maximum security prison in a Manhattan of the future to rescue U.S. President Donald Pleasence from villain Isaac Hayes. A highly entertaining tall tale with influences ranging from comic books to apocalyptic science fiction to spaghetti westerns! With Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Harry Dean Stanton, Adrienne Barbeau.
- ESCAPE FROM L.A., 1996, Paramount, 101 min. Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) returns in a savagely funny satire of political extremism in late 20th-century America. After an earthquake devastates Los Angeles, the city separates from the rest of the country and becomes an island for violent outcasts. Yet in John Carpenter’s vision, the warring gangs are hardly more dangerous than a culturally conservative president (played to perfection by a wry Cliff Robertson) who exploits his constituents’ fear and ignorance to rise to power. The only man who stands above it all is iconoclast Plissken, sent to LA by the president to save the world – a world that the movie implies is hardly worth saving, a point made both funnier and more frightening by how closely Carpenter’s future world now resembles our own. Discussion in between films with director John Carpenter.