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HBO TV Special

Behind The Scenes (6:47)

Description: Official Site Featurette

Behind The Scenes Spot 1 (MTV) (2:30)

Description: Original "Behind The Scenes" promotional spot for Escape From L.A. featuring Kurt Russell, John Carpenter, and host John Sencio.

Behind The Scenes Spot 2 (MTV) (2:30)

Description: Original "Behind The Scenes" promotional spot for Escape From L.A. featuring Kurt Russell, John Carpenter, and host John Sencio.

Behind The Scenes Spot 3 (MTV) (2:30)

Description: Original "Behind The Scenes" promotional spot for Escape From L.A. featuring Kurt Russell, John Carpenter, and host John Sencio.

Entertainment Tonight (2:08)

Description: On set interview with Kurt Russell.

Moving Pictures (#7.5) (BBC 2/May 14/1996) (12:00)

On set interviews with John Carpenter, Debra Hill and Kurt Russell.

Movie Magic (#4.11)
(French Broadcast) (30:00)

Visual Effects Supervisor Michael Lessa and his team at Buena Vista Visual Effects use a combination of miniatures and computer generated imagery to create an apocalyptic earthquake in John Carpenter's Escape From L.A.

Videos (Grauman's Chinese Theatre/Aug 07/1996)

Description: Getty Images Videos

Various Media Coverage (22:02)

Description: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (
 (Aug 09/1996), Entertainment Tonight, TV Spots...

Entertainment Tonight (2:52)

Description: An Interview with Kurt Russell

Charlie Rose
(#8.13) (Aug 27/1996) (22:47)

Description: Kurt Russell who was signed as a child by Walt Disney himself shares his new film, Escape From L.A., a sequel to Escape From New York.

Charlie Rose
(#9.5) (Sep 09/1996) (8:55)

Description: John Carpenter on his film, Escape From L.A., the sequel to Escape From New York.

Le Journal Du Cinéma
(Deauville Film Festival (Aug 09/1996) (2:44)

Description: John Carpenter, Kurt Russell & George Corraface promoting Escape From L.A. at the Deauville Film Festival, France.

Unknown TV Program (3:35)

Description: Interviews with John Carpenter, Kurt Russell, Steve Buscemi and Pam Grier.

VHS Promo Video
(1997) (2:36)

Description: Sent to video stores ahead of the VHS release of the movie.

John Carpenter Escape From New York & Escape From L.A. Q&A (Grauman's Chinese Theatre/Sep 17/2010) (39:17) (N/A)

Description: American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre Presents... Escape Artist: A Tribute to John Carpenter In Person!


Original Trailer (1:28)

TV Spot 1

TV Spot 2 (0:30)

TV Spot 3 (0:30)

TV Spot 4 (1:00)

Foxtel Movies Action TV Trailer (2015) (0:30)

Music Videos

White Zombie - The One (3:35)

Gravity Kills - Blame (L.A. Remix) (3:53)


Siskel & Ebert
(#10.48) (Aug 10/1996) (MP4) (9.91 MB) (3:40)

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(#2.41) (Feb 12/1999) (French Broadcast) (58:36)

A profile of John Carpenter, includes clips from the films Assault on Precinct 13 (1976), Halloween (1978) and Escape From New York (1981). Also; comments from Jamie Lee Curtis; Kurt Russell; and Carpenter's ex-wife, actress Adrienne Barbeau.

John Carpenter: Fear Is Just The Beginning... The Man And His Movies (2004) (59:58)

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Big John (2006) (75:32)

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Fan Movies (Selected)

Escape Big Trouble In New Jersey (2006) (24:57)


Description: After escaping New York, Snake Plissken, stuck in Jersey, decides to go for a beer and just relax. Little does he know, that big trouble isn't too far behind. Moments after Snake arrives in the bar, Jack Burton enters after a long haul cross-country. He takes a seat at the bar next to Snake and orders a beer of his own. As the two begin to awkwardly converse, Dredeye (the Duke's younger brother) enters the bar with his gang. Dredeye, who was tipped off by the cops, is looking for the man who killed his brother. While Snake tries to blend in, Jack instantly mouths off at Dredeye. Sure enough, all hell breaks loose as Jack and Snake are forced to team up as they now have to escape big trouble in New Jersey.

A Word From Chris: What the hell can I say? It's the meeting of the mullets. This film has got to be the most fun I've ever had making a movie. My equipment was great, my actors were great and the stunts were eye popping. I've never really had such a consistent level of professionalism when making my other films. And I don't think I've ever done anything on such a large scale. We had so many different locations, props, costumes etc. But some how, everything got done. I really have a great feeling about this movie. It was a labor of love and I think it shows in final product. I only hope all of you will embrace it like I have.

Directed By: Chris .R. Notarile

Part 1 (13:16) Official HD Trailer (0:50) Bloopers (4:47)


Escape From New Jersey Part 1

Description: Picking up right where John Carpenter's Escape From New York ended, we find Snake Plissken stuck in New Jersey with nowhere to go and nothing to do, except get drunk. But the Garden State gets put into a state of panic when the Crazies blast their way through the Holland Tunnel and the tri-state area is put on Marshal Lockdown. Can a wounded Snake survive this new challenge, but more importantly, can he escape from New Jersey?

A Word From Chris: Escape From New Jersey is my second attempt at making a Snake Plissken fan film. My previous version Escape Big Trouble in New Jersey, which teamed Snake up with Jack Burton (another role played by Kurt Russell). Unfortunately the fan film was a disaster and I openly still admit to this day it's the worst thing I ever made. I think in part by the sizable egos that I teamed up with when making it. It was just one of those experiences that looked better on paper and the end result was not something I was ever totally pleased with.

But enough dwelling on the past. After five years, I finally decided to take another crack at good ol' Snake and give him the fan film he deserved. In step Hector De La Rosa, quite possibly the biggest Snake Plissken fan - EVER! This guy not only loves the character, he has actually transformed himself into Snake. Paying attention to every notable detail, Hector has managed to recreate virtually every memorable Escape prop from Snake's attire. This includes a life size replica of both of his guns, his wrist locator and homing device. And I haven't even gotten to the actual costume yet. Needless to say, Hector has dedicated his life to embodying his favorite character, right down to 5 o'clock shadow.

I truly believe it was this amount of dedication to the character that inspired me to want to have a second go at a Snake movie. Once Hector and I joined forces, the script sort of wrote itself. I tried to stay within the guidelines set by the first two movies as well as the mini-comic series. My goal was to just make a sensible story that would answer that old question, "What the hell did he do after he escaped New York?"

All in all it was a LONG and tedious experience, but in the end it was truly worth it. I think I finally made something that would please any Escape fan. The story is logical, the character development is understandable and it has that classic Carpenter feel but with a hint of my own style as well."

Directed By: Chris .R. Notarile

Part 2 (10:27) Teaser Trailer (0:57)

Escape From New Jersey Part 2 (2010)

Waking up on the side of the Jersey Turnpike, Snake Plissken once again finds himself stuck with a new ultimatum - to retrieve the two billion dollars in stolen creds (that originally got him arrested and deported to New York) and re-steal them once more before the king pin of New Jersey, Armando Barone, personally kills him. Surly and starving, Snake makes his way into town to complete his mission and once and for all be left alone..... or so he thinks.

Directed By: Chris .R. Notarile

Escape From New Jersey Part 3 (2010) (9:07)

Description: After escaping custody from the bounty hunter duo- Carjack Malone & Texas Mike O'Shay, Snake heads to Hoboken to visit an old friend to help me re-steal the money he owes the Kingpin of New Jersey, Armando Barone.

Directed By: Chris .R. Notarile

Escape From New Jersey Part 4 (2010) (10:58)

Description: The 4th and final chapter in the Escape From New Jersey series, put Snake right in the lion's den. Trapped in Armando's torture room with Carjack Malone and Texas Mike O'Shay bound by his side, Snake faces the diabolical Sayerville Surgeon. Will he survive this hellish experience? Will he finally get his release papers back? Watch and find out!

Directed By: Chris .R. Notarile

The Escape Agenda (2012) (9:05)

Description: After rescuing the president, Snake wakes up and learns that he has been charged with treason. The President is on his way back to Liberty Island to carry out his execution. Will Snake escape once more?

Directed By: Hector De La Rosa

The Escape Agenda 2 (2014) (21:22)

Description: Snake Plissken is Back! Snake deals with the ghosts from his past, betrayal, and the loss of his friend Taylor. He then realizes his path and his next mission.

Directed By: Hector De La Rosa

The Escape Agenda 3 Teaser Trailer (2016) (1:15)

Description: The U.S.P.F. has been on Snake's tail. They finally catch uptown him and think they have a controlled situation...they were dead wrong.

Directed By: Hector De La Rosa

The Escape Agenda 3 (2017) (18:33)

Description: After Snake gets knocked out cold at a biker bar, he recalls his ordeal on Liberty Island just before he enters the New York Maximum Security Penitentiary.

Directed By: Hector De La Rosa

Jake West's Escape From London (2011) (8:08)

A Word from Jake West: "Like most genre filmmakers of my generation I was undeniably influenced by director John Carpenter, and I particularly loved the character of Snake Plissken, the ultimate anti-authoritarian-anti-hero that so impacted and warped my teenage psyche it made me want to "stick it to the man" and make my own crazy flicks... and even wear an eyepatch! So in tribute to the maestro, Plissken, FrightFest and the best festival audience in the world... this year from within the walls of our festival prison I invite you to have some twisted fun and briefly Escape from London."

Directed By: Jake West

Lucy Clements - FrightFest 2011 (Film-News/Aug 25/2011) By Claudia A

E 2019 (2015)

Description: Escape From Earth Teaser

Directed By: Vincent Lecrocq

Escape From Las Vegas (2018) (18:09)

Description: In the year 2001, Las Vegas has been scheduled for one final implosion event to wipe the entire city off the face of the earth. An underground crime syndicate, led by the ruthless King of Las Vegas, has kidnapped the president's daughter, and is holding her for ransom somewhere inside the crumbling remains of Sin City. One man has been sent in to find her and get her out before it's too late. But the odds are against him, and in Vegas, the house always wins. Escape From Las Vegas - a Snake Plissken fan film, is an homage to the 1980's, the legendary director John Carpenter, and the iconic movie star Kurt Russell.

Directed By: Jake Bass

Escape From Leningrad (2018) (47:47)

Description: The youth of Snake Plissken in the WW3 against Russia, in 1988.

Directed By: Guillaume Bouiges