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Trailers from Hell and Neil Marshall Go for 'Assault on Precinct 13'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood May 19, 2014 at 12:32PM

Today on Trailers from Hell, director Neil Marshall ("The Descent") talks John Carpenter's low-budget 1976 thriller "Assault on Precinct 13."
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'Assault on Precinct 13'
'Assault on Precinct 13'

Today on Trailers from Hell, director Neil Marshall ("The Descent") talks John Carpenter's low-budget 1976 thriller "Assault on Precinct 13."

John Carpenter’s low, low budget ($100,000) thriller about a gun-happy attack on a police station was inspired in equal parts by "Rio Bravo" and "Night of the Living Dead." After a lackluster stateside release the film gained traction in Europe and its cult status was set in stone by the early eighties (thanks in no small part to Carpenter’s 1978 blockbuster, "Halloween"). Carpenter, whose original screenplay was titled "The Anderson Alamo," was chief cook and bottle washer on the 1976 film, not only directing, writing and editing but composing its score as well (which was recorded in one day).

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.