In 1981, John Carpenter imagined a post-apocaliptic Manhattan, turned into a prision for the most vile offenders of America. Now, more than three decades later, many of the visions that Carpenter had are becoming a reality. Was he really predicting the post-9/11 paranoid world that his country would become? Escape from New York not only raises a big wall, it raises lots of questions about the politics of fear nowadays.