Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)

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A Highway Patrol Officer, two criminals and a station secretary defend a defunct Los Angeles precinct office against a siege by a bloodthirsty street gang.


  • Austin Stoker
  • Darwin Joston
  • Laurie Zimmer
  • Martin West
  • Tony Burton
  • Charles Cyphers
  • Nancy Loomis
  • Peter Bruni
  • John Fox
  • Kim Richards

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In combining the dread and survival politics of George Romero and The Night Of The Living Dead with the macho heroics and succinct wit of Howard Hawks, Carpenter found his own voice and changed the course of genre filmmaking.

Metacritic review by Nathan Rabin
Nathan Rabin
The Dissolve

Assault on Precinct 13 is a much more complex film than Mr. Carpenter's Halloween, though it's not really about anything more complicated than a scare down the spine. A lot of its eerie power comes from the kind of unexplained, almost supernatural events one expects to find in a horror movie but not in a melodrama of this sort.

Metacritic review by Vincent Canby
Vincent Canby
The New York Times

As incisive as it is thrilling, Carpenter’s film is also gorgeous. Carpenter’s imagery is a thing of propulsive beauty that both enhances suspense and expresses his characters’ ever-changing relations to one another. It’s a fleet, ferocious piece of genre craftsmanship.

Metacritic review by Nick Schager
Nick Schager
The A.V. Club