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

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood May 7, 2014 at 4:03PM

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.
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'Escape from New York'
'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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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.