In this episode of the The Liberal Dead’s John Carpenter Retrospective Series Jeff Konopka and Shawn Savage tackle the movie that Plisskin made or Escape from New York. This is a fan favorite to be certain. The second collaboration between John Carpenter yields much fruit and continues the mounting successes of Mr. Carpenter that will continue throughout the rest of the 1980’s
In this podcast the guys will walk you through some of the finer plot points of Escape from New York. Jeff and Shawn put the film into the context of the career of Carpenter in its infancy while and point out some of the tell-tale Carpenter moments. It’s one of the crew’s mutual favorite Carpenter films so this nerd out is definitely worth paying attention to.
Beyond Kurt Russell, champion of the eye patch, you’ll find Charles Cyphers on board as well as Nick Castle and Adrienne Barbeau and Donald Pleasance too. Carpenter sure does like to work with the same folks over and over again. Just imagine what might have happened if Charles Bronson had gotten the lead as the studio execs wanted. Escape from Death Wish. The Carpenter star system prevails.
This movie helped to inspire many of the post-apocalyptic films of the 80’s setting the stage for Blade Runner, the film release of 1984 (even though it was written nearly 40 year’s earlier) and other P.A. genre pieces to follow. Snake Plissken remains as one of the most memorable characters in all of cinema history. The film is obviously ahead of its time although it occurs in 1997. Suspend your disbelief indefinitely. Are we really terribly far off from Manhattan being a prison island with the Statue of Liberty as a command base? Guard the bridges and send in the right bad ass for the job. Despite being over thirty years old Escape from New York doesn’t feel all that dated.
One of the most important things the guys talk about in this episode is the difference between various versions of the DVD/Blu Ray release. Consider this an abridged buying guide cast. Your viewing experience and education in all things Carpenter depends on it.
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Stay tuned to the Liberal Dead for the next installment of the John Carpenter Retrospective and later this year, a retrospective look at the sequel Escape from L.A. If you’re bored, we strongly encourage you to examine the connection between the character of Snake Plissken and a certain video game super star, commando… can you guess his name?