Escape from New York

Escape from New York ★★★★

Having just seen my first Carpenter film in October, The Thing, I wasn’t sure if I had sat down in the wrong theater when the credits began. I breathed a sigh of relief when the words “Escape from New York” showed. That stark black and white introduction with the synth score works just as well for this film, though, too.

Seeing this with an audience definitely enhanced the experience. We laughed at a lot of lines that probably weren’t meant to be funny but came across as such forty years on.

As usual you can’t take your eyes off Kurt Russell and he’s surrounded here by a delightful supporting cast from the ultimate character actor Harry Dean Stanton to the Soul Man himself, Isaac Hayes.

Feels a little like a companion film to Abel Ferrara’s King of New York, which The Duke and his cronies could have fit right in with.