“The gang swore a blood oath to destroy Precinct 13… and every cop in it !”
Director John Carpenter followed his debut sci-fi film Dark Star (1974) with the action thriller Assault on Precinct 13. Carpenter had originally hoped to create a Howard Hawks style western, but when the $100k budget organised by his producer friends Joseph Kaufman and J. Stein Kaplan prohibited the kinds of sets and production design needed, he retooled the script to work in a modern day setting. The film failed to make much impact in terms of box office takings or critical reception on its original American release in 1976, but when the film was shown at the 1977 Cannes Film Festival it received very favourable reviews from several critics, particularly those from Britain. After being invited to show the film at the 1977 London Film Festival, Carpenter was delighted by the positive critical and audience reaction. Derek Malcolm, the then film critic of the Guardian newspaper (whose quote graces this poster), reported that the film’s screening was greeted with deafening applause. Any paper for this classic cult movie is scarce with the British UK quad style being the most coveted making this original 1976 film poster for “Assault on Precinct 13” highly prized. Originally rolled (as issued) this scarce piece presents in excellent original unrestored condition with stylish design, dark unfaded colours and with a deep unfaded black background. A very hard to find poster in such high grade investment condition that represents hugely collectable & desirable original film memorabilia from one of the greatest and most influential director’s ever working in the sci-fi / horror / action genre.
TRIVIA: The ‘award-winning’ line refers to the fact that Carpenter won the 1978 annual British Film Institute award for the “originality and achievement of his first two films”, Dark Star and Assault on Precinct 13, at the 1977 London Film Festival.
UK Quad (30" x 40") Single Sided
British / UK
Near Mint minus -Very Fine plus; originally rolled (as issued)
Austin Stoker, Charles Cyphers, Darwin Joston, Laurie Zimmer, Martin West, Nancy Kyes, Tony Burton