Assault on Precinct 13 [1976]

The film begins with a news clip warning Los Angeles residents of the dangerous  gang, ‘street thunder’, whom recently stole numerous automatic guns from local law enforcement.  A shootout which claims the lives of six street thunder members causes the remaining members to make a blood oath known, as a ‘cholo’ to avenge their fallen brothers.  Meanwhile precinct 13 of the LAPD is in the process of relocation, in effect leaving the station vulnerable to attack.  ‘Street Thunder’ see this as an opportune time to carry out their plans for revenge.  The result is a deadly shoot out between the gang and Lieutenant Ethan Bishop, who is forced to enlist the help from two inmates being held in custody.  The scenario is similar to Night of the Living Dead, in that a small handful of survivors are trapped and must defend themselves with a limited amount of resources.  Out numbered and outgunned, Bishop and company must find a way to outwit the gang if they wish to survive and safely escape.  This film contains many high paced action packed sequences accompanied by an awesome soundtrack, which Carpenter also composed.

Written and Directed by:  John Carpenter


The Ward [2010]

The ward tells the tale of a group of women in a mental institution who are terrorized by a ghost residing with in the hospital halls.  A newly admitted woman, begins to notice a series of strange happenings within the connfines of the ward.  After questioning the other four about events, it soon becomes apparent that the girls are hiding a deep dark secret.  Once their secret is revealed the plot thickens  and a strange twist occured which completely caught me off guard taking the film into a darker setting.  The film uses unique techniques and excellent use of music in creating a frightening atmosphere.  Overall I enjoyed this film, the story itself seemed a little lacking, however the technical aspects of this film made it an enjoyable watch, along with the fact that I really enjoyed watching almost all of Carpenter’s previous films.

Director:  John Carpenter   Written By:  Michael & Shawn Rasmussen