Not really a horror film, but one that often comes up during discussions of George Romero's NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968), this early Carpenter movie still holds up as one of the director's best works.
A low-budget and taut update of the classic Howard Hawks western RIO BRAVO, set in modern-day Los Angeles, the story concerns a lengthy siege by a multiracial street gang on a soon-to-be-closed police station. The gang has murdered a young girl, whose father has run to the station for help. He's
is in shock and cannot speak to the lone cop (Stoker) or to the two secretaries (Zimmer and Loomis) waiting for the moving vans to take what's left of the station's fil...