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Fanbase Feature: 40th Anniversary Retrospective on ‘Escape from New York’ (1981)

As a special feature of The Fanbase Weekly podcast, the Fanbase Feature focuses on and celebrates a specific element of geek culture.

In this Fanbase Feature, The Fanbase Weekly co-host Bryant Dillon is joined by special guests Erica Harrell (writer – Fanbase Press’ Nuclear Power, Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead: Michonne) and Erik Amaya (co-host, Tread Perilously) to participate in a thorough discussion regarding Escape from New York (1981) in light of the film’s 40th anniversary, with topics including the film’s depiction of the post-apocalyptic, how the John Carpenter flick was inspired by the events of Watergate, what makes Kurt Russell’s Snake Plissken an iconic genre character, and more. (Beware: SPOILERS for Escape from New York abound in this panel discussion!)

Cast members
: Erica Harrell (writer – Fanbase Press’ Nuclear Power, Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead: Michonne), Erik Amaya (co-host, Tread Perilously), and Bryant Dillon (Fanbase Press President / writer – Identity Thief, Something Animal)

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The Fanbase Weekly
Theme Song Written and Performed by
: Adam WarRock

The Fanbase Weekly Theme Song Produced by: Mikal kHill

Episode Photo by: Bryant Dillon

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