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John Carpenter’s ‘Escape from L.A.’ Turns 21 Today

John Carpenter’s Escape from L.A. was no Escape from New York. In fact, there are a solid number of Carpenter fans who like to point to this film and declare it Carpenter’s bottom of the barrel effort. As far as I’m concerned, it’s a messy blast of a ride with some delightfully outrageous scenes (how ‘bout them waves, eh?) and priceless dialog.

Whether you’re big on Escape from L.A. or not, it’s celebrating a 21st birthday today!

The film arrived on August 9th, 1996 and it failed to wow audiences, opening in the number three position at the box office with a $8.9 million opening weekend. The film topped out at $25 million domestically without any significant international push.

While the movie certainly isn’t Carpenter’s finest, I’d implore anyone who enjoys the man’s work to – at the very least – give this one a once over!

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1 Comment on John Carpenter’s ‘Escape from L.A.’ Turns 21 Today

  1. massimo manganelli // August 10, 2017 at 11:02 am // Reply

    I enjoyed the whole movie and still think it was damn good… and had priceless dialogue, too. To me, master Carpenter’s bottom is that thing about the invisible man.


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