Saturday, June 4, 2016

Weekend Movie Suggestions, or The Proto-Zombie Scenarios in Assault on Precinct 13

Let’s establish first of all that I’m talking about John Carpenter’s Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) NOT the odious 2005 remake, which followed the original plot and yet failed, as always, to recapture the spirit, the intensity or even the fun levels of the first one.  It features a classic Carpenter synth-pop soundtrack, economical editing, cheap bloody effects and an underlying 60’s distrust of authority.
A handful of cops, along with their prisoners, spend the night defending their decommissioned precinct against an endless horde of gang members trying to get in.  John Carpenter wanted to make an urban western with cops and robbers instead of cowboys and Indians in a siege setting, and ended up making a proto-zombie movie, simply because he’s more comfortable in the horror genre, even though this was two years before he made the movie that would change his life, Halloween (1978). 
The cops and robbers do all the classic zombie siege tropes; boarding up windows, barricading doors and of course, bickering amongst themselves.  It’s the internal power struggles that are always the bigger threat than whatever’s outside trying to break through the doors.  And as for the anonymous gang members, they stay hidden in the shadows as they reach through the windows, acting just like a zombies threat.



my first novel? thanks for asking:) I wrote a 4 book supernatural martial arts series concerning the ongoing feud between a group of kung-fu killer witches in san francsico’s chinatown.