Most Horror fans would never argue about the perfection of HALLOWEEN + THE THING. They're undisputed kings. However, I feel like ASSAULT is in its own way just as perfect. It's low budget, but Carpenter works wonders with what he has; masterfully creating a mood of escalating tension and dread. It's always thought of as Carpenter's riff on RIO BRAVO, but it owes even more to Romero's NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD.
The extended ice cream truck sequence, infamously climaxing with the shocking death of adorable Kim Richards, is as master class as anything Carpenter would ever do.
Austin Stoker is a great hero. Darwin Jostin's Napoleon Wilson is awesomely proto-Snake. And Laurie Zimmer is smoldering Bacall cool. And of course Tony Burton rules!
"The very least of our problems is that we're out of time."
"It's an old story with me. I was born out of time."
"It would be a privilege if you'd walk outside with me."
[deadpan] "I know it would."
[smiles] "You're pretty fancy, Wilson."
[smiles] "I have moments."
God, so fuckin' cool.