“I staggered through my career and came out the other end alive. I made some films that meant something to me. In my opinion, they weren’t all great, and they weren’t all successful, but they sure were ‘me’. And this is what I was going through or thinking or feeling as a director at the time, and I’m very proud of them. A lot of great directors just never had the chance to have their work appreciated and celebrated and watched all these years after they were made. So, man, what do you want out of life? It’s great!” – John Carpenter


The shot-for-shot symmetry of Escape From New York and Escape From L.A.

Separated by 15 years, John Carpenter’s two films following antihero Snake Plissken’s missions into the futuristic hellscapes of New York and Los Angeles are technically sequential. But anyone that’s seen the movies knows that Escape From L.A. follows more than just the story arc of the original Escape From New York, and even recreates many of the original shots. Now, a new side-by-side comparison video from director Pablo Fernández Eyre shows the lengths to which Carpenter went to duplicate the first film with the second.

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John Carpenter’s Escape series previews from the film director tribute art show, Imagined Worlds II. Opens October 17th, 2014, at the Hero Complex Gallery / Facebook.

Escape From New York by Adam Juresko / Tumblr / Store

Escape From New York/L.A by Mike Whiskey

Escape From L.A. by La Fabrique de Posters