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Master of horror John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing) directs this terrifying battle between mankind and the ultimate evil.
A group of graduate students and scientists uncover an ancient canister in an abandoned church, but when they open it, they inadvertently unleash a strange liquid and an evil force on all of humanity. As the liquid turns their co-workers into zombies, the remaining members realize they have released the most unspeakable horror of them all. Terror mounts as the team must fight to save the world from a devilish fury that has been contained for over seven million years.
Starring Donald Pleasence (Halloween), Jameson Parker (Simon & Simon), Lisa Blount (Needful Things), rock icon Alice Cooper (Roadie) and Victor Wong and Dennis Dun (both from Carpenters Big Trouble In Little China), this ingenious twist on classical occultism (Science Fiction, Horror And Fantasy Film Review) will scare you witless!
Though regarded by many as one of writer-director John Carpenter's lesser efforts, Scream Factory gives Prince of Darkness the deluxe treatment with this Blu-ray presentation. As with previous releases from the Shout! Factory imprint, the supplemental features on Prince of Darkness are a mix of new material recorded specifically for the disc and extras from previous DVD releases. Chief among the latter is a commentary track featuring Carpenter and veteran character actor Peter Jason (Deadwood), who made his first of seven eventual collaborations with the director on this picture. Carpenter is typically phlegmatic if informative, discussing in detail the initial concepts for the film, as well as its locations, special effects, and his score with Alan Howarth. Carpenter is also quite frank in his opinion of Darkness, which he seems to regard (like many viewers) as somewhat incomprehensible (despite the fact that he wrote it as Martin Quatermass). But his rapport with Jason is enjoyable, and Carpenter provides even more detail on the film's inception and execution in the ten-plus-minute interview segment Sympathy for the Devil, which features, among other comments, the scientific and philosophical origins of the project, as well as his interest in retaining greater control over his work. Rocker Alice Cooper, whose involvement with the film came through his manager, executive producer Shep Gordon (whose company, Alive Films, co-funded the picture as well as Carpenter's They Live and Village of the Damned), is front and center in a lively nine-minute interview piece that focuses on his love for horror movies and his brief acting turn in the picture. Co-composer Alan Howarth gets the spotlight in a ten-minute interview that provides some insight into his musical collaborations with Carpenter, while actor/special effects supervisor Robert Grasmere, who played the doubtful member of the investigative team while also wrangling the massive canister, which apparently leaked on a regular basis, earns his own interview. A segment of Horror's Hallowed Grounds has host Sean Clark revisiting many of the film's locations, including the church and control center (now a movie theater).
The rest of the extras are an interesting mixed bag of promotional material--numerous advertisements and promotional stills, as well as a radio spot and theatrical trailer--and a pair of rare items: the alternate opening from the TV broadcast version, which intimates (in a very obtuse manner) that the events in the film might be a dream, and an Easter Egg (easily found on the bonus menu) that reveals a Q&A session with Carpenter about the picture at a 2012 screening at Screamfest. --Paul Gaita
Sympathy For The Devil: An all-new Interview with Writer/Director John Carpenter
Alice at the Apocalypse: An all-new interview with Actor & Rock Legend Alice Cooper
The Messenger: All-new interview with Actor & Special Visual Effects Supervisor Robert Grasmere
Hell On Earth: A look at the film’s score with Co-Composer Alan Howarth
Horror’s Hallowed Grounds with host Sean Clark
Alternate Opening from TV Version
Original Theatrical Trailer
I'm a big fan of horror movies and have a special place for John Carpenter. He has directed some of my favorite movies including Big Trouble in Little China and Escape from New... Read morePublished 20 hours ago by R. Freiberger
I actually missed this gem of a film until now and I think it is a near masterpiece for an apocalypse film. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dr. Oceanfront
This film has always been one of my top favorite films by John Carpenter. Very eerie and creepy film about the coming of the devil! Read morePublished 1 month ago by specialkrp
the movie is great, i will let others review that, This is for those who've already seen the movie and want to know if the bluray is worth the buy. I would say yes. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mingxia Marquez
This is a hugely underrated film. Since its first release it has developed a cult following. Oct 28,2015 there will be a screening of this film at the church in LA that was where... Read morePublished 1 month ago by C. Sprague