Prince of Darkness
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Deep within the sanctuary of a run down church lies a dirty little secret few know about. The Prince of Darkness, son of the devil himself, is being held captive in liquid form, and is guarded by only a few lucky priests and nuns. However, the time has come for the Prince to awaken and bring forth his father to wreak havoc. As the Prince, and thus his father, gains his strength, many of the more weak-minded are turned to do the biding of the dark lord. The zombie and bug counts rise as the plot thickens, and this group of science professors and students are in a race against time to stop the forces of evil from inflicting their ill will on the unsuspecting public.
Unfortunately, this film tends to be hidden in the shadows behind Carpenter's more famous "Halloween" and "The Thing." However, that does make this film all that much more of a gem. This is truly one of his great cinematic accomplishments, complete with his own score, a great cast, and stellar effects for the time. The characters are fairly well developed, yet Carpenter manages to accomplish this without dwelling on this aspect of the film.Read more ›
Not surprisingly this film tanked at the box office when released way back in 1987. It's script, a heady mix of quantum physics, religious doctrine, and questions about the origins of Christ and Satan, challenges everything viewers think they know about God, the Devil, and Man. But true horror film fans will appreciate it's intelligent script about Satan's return to earth and his attempts to bring along something even worse than him.
What could possibly be worse than Satan? Buy the movie and find out. You won't be dissappointed.
At its core, "Prince" is an old-fashioned horror film. A group of people, in this case, college grad students, their professor, and an emotionally shattered priest, are trapped in an old spooky place(a church) with something horrible. But the script's deft mix of science and secret scripture lifts it above cliche. Carpenter's skillfull direction creates a sense of claustrophobic tension that makes you feel as if you're in the movie.
There are few directors who can create this sense of menace even in daylight scenes but Carpenter pulls it off. The film's first scene establishes a sense of escalating dread that spirals into full blown terror by the movie's final moments.
You'll also be thinking about the film's bone-chilling last scene long after you've hit the rewind button.
Consider "Prince of Darkness" as a fine Carpenterian wine (a merlot, of course---a deep *red* merlot), well aged---after all, 1987 was a good year, and this film is a fine vintage. The bouquet? Rich and heady, a fine distillation of "Assault on Precinct 13" and "The Thing." With that in mind, let's pop the cork on "Prince of Darkness".
When the last, venerable priest of an ancient and mysterious Catholic order dies, Father Loomis (played with aplomb by the great Donald Pleasence---possibly playing the brother of Mike Myer's shrink?), sent to gather the priest's effects and secure his crumbling parish church, discovers something green, liquid and nasty bottled up in the church basement, and it's not detergent.
Father Loomis calls in a team of physics students and linguistic researchers, who begin to suspect something Evil is afoot in the church basement, and It has plans of its own. Let the Smackdown commence!
In this corner: A team of physics grad students led by Parker Jameson (A.J. Simon from the TV series "Simon and Simon, of course!) and veteran character actor Victor Wong (from Carpenter's other camp classic "Big Trouble in Little China", here hamming it up and chewing scenery with furious abandon and with the help of a spooky eye), and of course with Pleasence bringing in the ecclesiastical heavy weapons.
AND in this Corner: Evil, incarnate as puke-green liquid encased in a translucent cylinder in the base of a decrepit L.A.Read more ›
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A Brilliant film from the 80's. The more educated I've become of physics. The brighter this old film shinesPublished 9 days ago by Eric Jones
One of my favorites from john Carpenter. Rent it once & you'll be hooked. Horror, thriller, a bit of sci-fi. Donald Pleasence plus Alice Cooper win win. Read morePublished 1 month ago by K. Saiz
Great edition of a not-so great film. The concept is brilliant, the execution a misfire, but well worth watching for any Carpenter fan (or Donald Pleasance afficionado).Published 1 month ago by Footnotes F.
I have always thought that John Carpenter's Prince Of Darkness (1987) is one of his least appreciated works, even by cult movie standards. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael
I ORIGONALLY BOUGHT THIS BECAUSE MY FRIEND ALICE COOPER IS IN IT. BUT THIS IS WELL MADE AND IT WILL SCARE/CREEP YOU OUT. JUST AWSUMMMM...Published 2 months ago by joseph weinshenker
An excellent horror film, with just enough story and enough scares to keep you interested. The only thing i didn't like is when professor birak states that fruit rotts, we grow... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Justin Moore
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