Escape from New York
DIRECTOR: JOHN CARPENTER
CAST: KURT RUSSELL, ISAAC HAYES
John Carpenter’s 1981 vision of a dystopian 1997, where Manhattan has been turned into an anarchic maximum security prison ruled by Isaac Hayes’ diabolical Duke. When an Air Force One crash strands the president on the lawless island, only mercenary Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell, in his most iconic role) can get him out alive. The only film in the series shot outside of NYC, the film stands as a quintessential imagined vision of New York, as fun as it is terrifying.