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Trailers from Hell and Neil Marshall ‘Escape From New York’

Trailers from Hell and Neil Marshall 'Escape From New York'

Today on Trailers from Hell, Neil Marshall — director of “The Descent,” one of the best horror movies of the last ten years — takes on John Carpenter’s kick-ass “Escape from New York,” starring Kurt Russell as one-eyed Snake Plissken.

John Carpenter’s 1981 film was conceived as a political parable in the mid-seventies (with Watergate as his inspiration) but the resulting movie dropped most of the social commentary and focused instead on tongue-in-cheek sci-fi thrills with a comically taciturn Kurt Russell (doing his best Clint Eastwood impression) as grizzled anti-hero Snake Plissken. Boosted by its rogue’s gallery of classic character actors like Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine and Donald Pleasance, Carpenter’s film was a good-sized hit, spawning a sequel, “Escape from L.A.,” released in 1996.

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