I have to admit that when I first heard about this movie, I thought that this was a horror movie… The reason of course being that this movie was directed by non other then legendary horror movie director, ‘John Carpenter’ (Halloween)… Boy was I wrong!
In this case it is not a bad thing, the reason that I thought this was that is that with the exception of a few Sci-Fi movies that I had seen that Mr Carpenter had created, the only other genre that I had seen him do was Horror movies, (and in this movie he even used some of the people from his Halloween movie series)!
The truth is though, is that it is an amazing good time of a movie, the visuals are eerie and creepy (and can keep you on the edge of your seat), this movie also has an amazing soundtrack that Mr. Carpenter himself helped create, that really set the whole tone for the movie, and in it had a great story (that I think was at least part of the inspiration for Walter Hill’s (The Driver) & The Warriors (1979)).
I also thought that this movie had an amazing cast (a cast which some would go on to work together with Mr. Carpenter on other future films, including:
1. Charles Cyphers (Dead Calling) who besides being in this movie, would also go on to work with Mr. Carpenter on such films as, Halloween (1978), Someone Is Watching Me! (1978), The Fog (1980), Halloween 2 (1981), and Escape From New York (1981)
2. Nancy Kyes (The Sea Gypsies) who would also go on to work in such Carpenter classics as, Halloween (1978), The Fog (1980), Halloween 2 (1981) and Halloween 3: The Season Of The Witches (1982).
3. Darwin Joston (Eraser Head) is another one who would go on to re-join some of his cast mates from this movie in, The Fog (1980)!
4. Well this wasn’t a direct connect to other Carpenter classics, but Kim Richards sister, ‘Kyle Richards’ as it turns out would go on to play, ‘Lindsay Wallace’ in Halloween (1978).
Now as far as the story goes: This movie was both written and Directed by: John Carpenter, and starred: Austin Stoker (Horror High), Darwin Joston, Laurie Zimmer (American Raspberry), Martin West (Hellhole), Tony Burton (Rocky), Charles Cyphers and Nancy Kyes…
This movies tells the story of how one of the LAPDs most wanted gangs goes after a family man who kills one of their guys after they kill his daughter (after his daughter witnesses one of them kill his daughter). In an attempt to escape them, this family man sees a Police Station and decides to high tale it to the station to gain shelter and protection from these wackos!
After this goes down, a Prison bus pulls in to the same station to get aid for one of their more sick prisoners…
The only problem though you see, is that this Station (in precinct 13) is a station that is being moved to another location, and with the exception of a Highway Patrolman by the name of, ‘Ethan Bishop’ who has been ordered to protect the place for the night (until the rest of the station has been moved…
The other people there are a couple of Secretaries as well…
So now with the gang laying siege to the place, it will be up to the Lawmen still there and the criminals to set aside their differences, if either Highway Patrol, or convict is going to get out alive!
In the end folks, this movie truly is a legend, and if you haven’t seen it yet, then if you get a chance, try it out, you might find that you really like it!