On this day, July 10th, in 1981, the world was introduced to Snake Plissken.
Immediately following on his box office success The Fog, Carpenter gave the world Escape From New York. For the lead role, he cast young actor he had recently met while directing the TV movie Elvis. That actor's name was Kurt Russel, and the rest is glorious, wonderful history.
Some random facts about one of my favorite movies:
-After searching the country "looking for the worst city in America", they settled on East St. Louis for the majority of location shooting.
-In New York itself, they were the first ever film crew to film on Liberty Island at night.
-Certain matte paintings were rendered by James Cameron who was at the time a special effects artist with Roger Corman's New World Pictures.
"We were buddies, Harold. You, me, and Fresno Bob. You know what they did to Bob, huh?"