ESCAPE BIG TROUBLE IN NEW JERSEY
A FILM BY CHRIS NOTARILE & BLINKY PRODUCTIONS
ESCAPE BIG TROUBLE IN NEW JERSEY- This film by Director Chris Notarile and
Blinky Productions is a Fan Film featuring two of Director John Carpenter's greatest cult heroes, Snake Plissken ( From "Escape
From New York,Escape From LA") and Jack Burton (From "Big Trouble In Little China"). The film takes place right after Carpenter's
film "Escape From New York "where Snake managed to rescue The President Of The United States from the clutches of The
Duke and His gang. Snake is once again a free Man. And what does a free Man want more than anything after gaining His freedom?
An ice cold Beer of course!
Snake ends up in New Jersey and stops by a local bar for a cold one. just when He's starting
to enjoy His drink in walks Jack Burton, the wise crackin', ego maniacal trucker featured in Carpenter's film "Big Trouble
In Little China". Jack has just gotten back from a long road trip and takes a seat next to snake at the bar. Jack glances
over at Snake and recognizes Him. Snake is less than thrilled to meet Jack and tries His best to ignore Him, just then in
walks even more trouble...Dredeye, son of the slain Duke and His Gang, have just entered the Bar demanding that the killer
of His Father to step forward. Because of Jack's big mouth Snake is outed as the Duke's killer and a crazy Bar brawl
ensues. When the smoke clears Dredeye and His Gand manage to get away, and they also decide to steal Jack's Rig. Jack wants
vengeance,nobody messes with His Rig. Jack wants to team up with Snake to track down the gang but Snake has other plans first.
Snake, with Jack tagging along, heads to the home of Smart Guy, an old associate of His turned rat. After convincing
Smart Guy that He means business, Snake stocks up on weapons hidden in smart Guys closet. Now armed to the teeth Snake heads
out with Jack who is trying to convince Snake that they should join forces and head to Dredeye's hideout for some payback.
a disagreement ends up with Jack and Snake going toe to toe. after the fight Jack is suddenly kidnapped after a van full of
Dredeye's Gang snatch Him up right in front of Snake. Now Snake has no choice, It's payback time!
Since We don't give away endings here at FBT, it's time to discusss what worked, and what didn't
in this film. Fans of Carpenter's work should really get a kick out of seeing these two Anti-Heroes side by side, especially
since both characters are played by the same actor in the original films, Kurt Russell. Airon Armstrong does a fantastic job
as Jack Burton. He talks like Jack, walks like Jack, and He even nails the facial expressions. You can tell that Director
Chris Notarile has a genuine love of these characters, and films, because the lines they deliver are exactly like something
the characters would say. If You've seen the ,You'll know what I'm talking about. Mar Omega, who stars as Snake Plissken in
the film, defintely looks the part, but I have one complaint with His preformance...He needed to work on the characters voice.
Omega's vocal delivery was almost there, but needed just a little more to get it right. Overall though He gave a great performance
and looked just like Snake, with the help of Notarile's awesome costume work. Chris even managed to score a pair of boots,
and Tank Top, exactly like the one's Jack Burton wears in "Big Trouble In Little China".
Other things to note in the film include a standout performance by Ian McGrady, who stars as
the eccentric character, Smart Guy. Smart Guy is an original character that Notarile created who didn't appear in either of
the original Carpenter films, and serves as some great comedic relief in this short. Alfred Rutherford, who stars as the films
main Villain Dredeye, also gives a noteable perfromance as the bald headed bad ass. Like Smart Guy, Dredeye is another original
character created by Notarile. To add to the authenticity of this Carpenter tribute Notarile uses actual tracks from
the original films soundtracks, along with some cleverly edited clips from, Escape From New York at the beginning of
the film. Notarile also has a couple of scenes featuring animated versions of Jack and Snake (done by Notarile Himself) which
are very well done, and serve as nice transition pieces between certain scenes in the film.
Lastly, I'd like to give some additional credit to Airon Armstrong who also serves as the
films fight choreographer. The film features some fast moving, shoot em' up action scenes similar to those the original
films. Overall this is not Notarile's best film to date, but it is definitley enjoyable, and a must see for fans of John Carpenter's
work. Hopefully Mr. Carpenter will get to check out this film, I'm sure He'll dig it. Nice work everyone! to see this film
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