Escape from New York (1981)

escape from new york

This week, Jared and Clint strap on their eyepatches and impractically-sized Uzis for John Carpenter’s sci-fi action flick Escape from New York!

When the President (Donald Pleasance) crash-lands on the island prison of Manhattan, only one (inexplicably famous) prisoner can save him – Snake Plissken! Equipped with nothing but his wits and a bomb in his neck that will go off in 24 hours, Snake must survive the trash-filled streets of a dystopian New York City that’s just a dumping ground for prisoners.

Between Carpenter’s nitty-gritty aesthetic, the synth score, and Russell’s stripped-down performance, Escape from New York more than earns its cult reputation. Check out our thoughts, along with our custom cocktail and drinking game!

(Thanks to our sponsor Cards Against Humanity as part of the Chicago Podcast Coop!)

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THIS EPISODE’S DRINK:

DRINKING RULES FOR ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK:

  1. Any time someone recognizes Snake Plissken, Celebrity
  2. Every time Snake looks down at his ticking death clock
  3. Whenever you see small, controlled fires in the background

FINISH YOUR DRINK WHEN:

The President shouts “YOU’RE THE DUKE OF NEW YORK A-NUMBER ONE!” after killing Isaac Hayes

Join us next week as we launch into space for the ill-timed kid’s space adventure movie Space Camp!

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About Clint Worthington

Clint Worthington is a Chicago-based film critic and podcaster. A member of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle, you can find his other film work at Consequence of Sound, Crooked Marquee and UPROXX. He is also the co-host of Nathan Rabin's Happy Cast.

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