Favorite Non-Horror John Carpenter Movie?

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  1. Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)

    15.4%
  2. Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

    27.7%
  3. Escape from New York (1981)

    30.8%
  4. They Live (1988)

    15.4%
  5. Elvis (1979)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. Starman (1984)

    4.6%
  7. Dark Star (1974)

    3.1%
  8. Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992)

    1.5%
  9. Escape from L.A. (1996)

    1.5%
  1. Hellbilly

    Hellbilly Active Member

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    After watching Escape from New York on Blu-ray last night I felt the need to do this poll. Vote!
     
  2. Erick H.

    Erick H. Well-Known Member

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    ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK ,just edging ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 and BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA.
     
  3. Katatonia

    Katatonia Hellbound Heart

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    Big Trouble in Little China, followed closely by Escape from New York
     
  4. Marshall Crist

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    DARK STAR is my favorite Carpenter film, period. Although the THE THING is quite the masterpiece.
     
  5. bigdaddyhorse

    bigdaddyhorse Detroit Hi-on

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    Escape from New York, narrowly over Big Trouble and They Live
     
  6. Copyboy

    Copyboy Well-Known Member

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    I went with Assault on Precinct 13. As much as I love Escape from New York, Assault absolutely blew me away the first time I saw it. Even now it's still got a creepy, horror movie feel to it and how can you resist Kim Richards' phenomenal ice cream scene?
     
  7. buck135

    buck135 Kanamit

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    Great poll. Hard to decide between Escape From New York and Big Trouble, but Snake won out.
     
  8. MacReady

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    Dark Star i just love that silly movie.
     
  10. jcannon

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    Big Trouble in Little China, but Escape from New York is a close second.
     
  11. MoonGirl84

    MoonGirl84 Guest

    We can vote for only one?

    My vote:

    Dark Star!

    I wish the polls could show who voted!
     
  12. j tea

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    Big Trouble followed by Escape from NY. Big Trouble is way more watchable and engaging. Im sorry, but They Live is really bad. It feels like a TV movie. The message is so ham-fisted. The camp of it is fine but it just doesn't stand up to what are actually a couple of decent movies in Big Trouble and Escape from NY.
     
  13. MoonGirl84

    MoonGirl84 Guest

    Ok, I'm still learning this forum. It does show who voted!
     
  14. satans-sadists

    satans-sadists Ghost

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    My favorite is Escape From New York, followed by They Live and Big Trouble in Little China. Love them all however.
     
  15. Mutilated Prey

    Mutilated Prey Soul Stealer

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    I'll give some love to They Live. Dood, Dark Star is a terrible terrible movie :lol:
     
  16. j tea

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    I am sure youre right MP, that was his first movie though, wasnt it? I am not a big fan of his in general, The Thing is really the only thing I am truly enamored of.
     
  17. rhett

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    Looking at that list, I think I like his non-horror better than his horror. My vote is for ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13, no question. It's my favorite Carpenter and one of my favorite films of all time. For such a lean, mean film, the characters are all drawn so rich, the use of the scope frame is masterful and the dialogue is so very memorable. Napoleon Wilson has to be the greatest anti-hero of all time. And you have to love Austin Stoker's retort when he's being offered some coffee:

    "Black?"

    "For thirty years!"

    Next on the list would probably be the underrated LA, then the touching road movie STARMAN, then Kurt doing John Wayne in BIG TROUBLE, the gritty first ESCAPE, the legendary fight sequence in THEY LIVE, the goofy and not really Carpenter-esque DARK STAR and MEMOIRS bringing up the big stinky rear. Still haven't seen ELVIS...
     
  18. fceurich39

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    escape from new york followed closely by assault and they live
     
  19. MoonGirl84

    MoonGirl84 Guest

    What was it you didn't like about Dark Star, MP?
     
  20. Katatonia

    Katatonia Hellbound Heart

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    I just received the new Dark Star 2-DVD set the other day. I haven't seen the movie in at least 12 years or more, so it'll be good to revisit it.
     

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