Moviedrome Mondays: Escape from New York (1981)

Since Halloween fell on a Saturday this year, my post on my favorite horror films ever made may get offset by my traditional Moviedrome Monday entry. To prevent that from happening, click on this first link here and that will take you to my blog entry regarding my favorite horror films of all-time.

Once again, I could not find a youtube video link to Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox introduction to legendary director John Carpenter’s 1981 cult futuristic action thriller Escape from New York, so readers will have to rely on Cox’s intro transcript (read here). The episode’s original airdate was July 12, 1992 (read here). In regards to Escape from New York, I disagree completely with Cox’s opinion of the film. I truly believe that Carpenter made the most of it’s low-budget and location – two aspects that Cox seems to take issue with here. If any of you readers are interested, here is a link to my favorite John Carpenter films (read here).

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s first original theatrical trailer, which may be a teaser trailer, but I am not 100% sure

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s second trailer, which plays out more like a traditional original theatrical trailer

Here is a youtube video link to what may be either a longer version of the film’s second original theatrical trailer or the film’s third original theatrical trailer

11 thoughts on “Moviedrome Mondays: Escape from New York (1981)

  1. Like you, I will have to take issue with Alex Cox here. I like Escape From New York . Some might say the special effects are a little ropey but I don’t care, especially when the cast is chock full of great actors. Oh and Kurt Russell is the epitome of cool here. β€œCall me Snake.

  2. Along with James Cameron’s The Terminator (the 1984 original), John Carpenter’s Escape from New York is B level filmmaking at it’s finest. Anyway, thanks for dropping by πŸ™‚

  3. A theater experience for me too. SO much fun. And for me, of course, Kurt Russell at his most adorable. It was obviously low budget: what do people expect? Cameron made lemonade out of lemons. Maybe not very sweet…but good enough, lol.
    (Kurt Russell was also still adorable and very funny in Captain Ron over a decade later) πŸ™‚

  4. I rewatched Escape From New York earlier this year and it holds up beautifully. This is such a fun action -adventure film and the suspense just builds and builds. The cast was great and Kurt Russell broke out of his Disney shell once and for all with Snake Plissken…..this is one Carpenter’s top 3 films.

  5. I think you mean “Carpenter made lemonade out of lemons” not “Cameron”. As for Kurt Russell, he is great as always and aside from Captain Ron, do not forget Big Trouble in Little China πŸ™‚ Anyway, thanks for dropping by πŸ™‚

  6. Agree with you on everything except that I believe Kurt Russell “broke out of his Disney shell once and for all” a year earlier with that 1980 Robert Zemeckis comedy Used Cars. Anyway, thanks for dropping by πŸ™‚

  7. Oops, yeah, Carpenter.
    And Big Trouble…I could never forget it and never will, lol !!

  8. It’s all round brilliance. Lamp shades for car lights, Borgnine throwing molotov cocktails, Harry Dean Stanton!!! Kurt perfection as Snake Plissken, Carpenters score oh my days and there’s just something! actually two things about Adrienne Barbeau! I just wish I could put my finger “hand” on it “them!”…..
    Such a great film.
    I did once do a review if you don’t mind me dropping it here πŸ™‚
    https://wolfmanscultfilmclub.wordpress.com/2020/01/26/escape-from-new-york-1981-kurt-russell-is-snake-plissken-the-coolest-80s-sci-fi-hero-of-all-time/

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