Double feature: Escape from New York + Prince of Darkness
Two newly 4K-restored cult classics from the master of horror John Carpenter.
Escape from New York - 6.00pm; 1980, M, 105 mins
Manhattan in 1997 is a maximum security prison for 3 million criminals. When the US president (Donald Pleasence) crash lands into the city, convicted bank robber Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) is hired to break in and rescue him.
‘The movie proudly wears its affection for crusty Sergio Leone archetypes and countdown-clock suspense sequences; Carpenter was Tarantino long before Tarantino was’ – Time Out
Prince of Darkness - 8.00pm; 1987, MA15+, 103 mins
In this claustrophobic thriller, scientists find an ancient canister in an abandoned church in suburban LA. When they open it, a liquid is unleashed that releases the most unspeakable of horrors.
‘Close to a decade's experience in horror pays off, with Carpenter working the audience with jump-scares and revolting demises like an old pro’ - The Guardian
‘The claustrophobic terror generated by fluid camerawork and striking angles is reinforced by a narrative which builds slowly but surely towards a heart-racing climax’ – Time Out
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