We're about half way through the Underrated Series and have finally reached one of the big genres. I'm expecting lots…
Prince of Darkness
Before man walked the earth...it slept for centuries. It is evil. It is real. It is awakening.
A research team finds a mysterious cylinder in a deserted church. If opened, it could mean the end of the world.
Finally, John Carpenter’s most underrated and atmospheric film is now available in high-definition. The long and patient wait for a Blu-Ray release was worth it as not only is The Scream Factory’s release excellent but the film is as wonderfully creepy as it ever has been.
Prince of Darkness is Carpenter’s unjustly forgotten minor-classic. Produced in-between the delightfully batty duo of Big Trouble in Little China and They Live, this moody horror film is closer in style to his earlier attention-grabbing genre hits. Only now beginning to receive the attention it deserves, this eerie throwback (a strange amalgamation of Carpenter’s own cinematic obsessions) is a wonderful blend of horror and science-fiction as religion and science come together to repel the…
Whenever I hear the synth-heavy compositions of Carpenter it always feels like meeting an old friend. One you, more often than not, get along with really well.
Prince of Darkness is an odd beast of a horror film and, after this rewatch with a gap of some 15 years preceding it, one I can easily rank among Carpenter's best. This film's scope is a lot bigger than I'm used to from him and it actually has a very clever script, deftly touching upon some quasi philosophical issues without getting heavy handed or making an ass out of itself.
In a film that expertly uses the tropes of both the slasher and the zombie genre, Carpenter pits science versus religion, but…
Director: John Carpenter (Final Film)
First and foremost, Prince of Darkness is very, very good. The score as usual is sublime and, with me resisting the urge to heap excessive praise on the film, manages to be comfortably among (of what I've seen) Carpenter's best.
Many preconceived notions of what many consider the criteria which make a great film involve, and include that it have great characters. This film doesn't have particularly interesting characters, nor are they really memorable. But what it does have is memorable ideas and a protean aesthetic with a heavy atmosphere and a strong enough screenplay (most of the time) in which to carry this atmosphere, with these aspects, the film manages to be…
Simon without the Major. Dr. Loomis in a robe. Some of Jack's friends. That damn x-ray tech. What's her name again? Alice Cooper and his bicycle. The beautiful Lisa Blount (R.I.P.). One of the Horror Master's best and by far underrated films. Another reason why Carpenter is king.
80s hairstyle, synth-music, old school effects, a ghost story, an episode of Scooby Doo, end of the world, jump scares, false alarms, zombie-like people staring and shit... these are the kind of stuff one can expect to find in usual 80s horror flicks and these are the things that we notice at first. But only few Horror masters like John Carpenter know how to amalgamate all these cliches into a delicious concoction resulting into a fascinating, thrilling, atmospheric, creepy and extremely entertaining movie. And it's really awesome how sexy a Priest can look while holding an axe!
Whilst the film had a very mediocre beginning, hysterical performances, some annoying science mumbo jumbo and a particularly irritating Chinese dude who was…
John Carpenter is a people person.
He likes the camaraderie of a big group. He likes to isolate these groups in a large singular environment where they can bond and grow as people and as friends.
Then he likes to turn the lights off, crank up the volume of his choral synth keyboards and scare the fuck right out of them.
It took a good 45 minutes if not more for Prince of Darkness to convince me it was a great Carpenter flick. The group here is too vast to begin with. They were more like speakers of exposition than actual characters but finally, once the villain of the piece (some green spinning goo) starts possessing their bodies, it becomes an entertaining, frightfully fun 80's horror movie in that joyous throwback way that only John Carpenter can make work.
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This movie was a typical 80's low budget pile of poo.
Viewed on DVD
I finally got to see Carpenter's Prince Of Darkness.
Why this film wasn't on my radar until becoming an avid Letterboxd user and seeing all of the praise it receives, I don't know.
It's a little kooky like most of Carpenter's work and has his wonderful music.
I must admit I had a little trouble getting into it at first but the ending is so compelling and well done.
I can't wait for the rewatch.
Prince of Darkness (1987)
My Rating: B+
Prince of Darkness marked the end of John Carpenter being at the peak of his powers IMO although In The Mouth of Madness and Vampires are strong. Amazing score, original plot, good acting, and atmosphere carry this movie and make it a fun ride from beginning to end.
6/10: One of Carpenter's most under-rated film, but not as good as The Thing. Slow start but it slowly but surely creeps into you.
One of my faves I can literally watch back-to-back!!!!
The Devil is an alien life form and his son is flubber, mix in a classic John Carpenter score and this movie should have been scarier or more entertaining. Its alright, but a little disappointing considering he had it in him to make They Live at the same time.
Although his films were not always successful, John Carpenter is a very adventurous filmmaker who is never content to make the same movie twice. "Prince of Darkness" is very ambitious, but it fails to follow through on the promise of the nifty set-up making it one of the few of his film misfires.
The first half is a whole lot of talk, some of it theological mumbo jumbo and some of it scientific mumbo jumbo, but I was admittedly intrigued by the basic premise. What I could understand of it, that is. I was fascinated as the two separate story lines converged into one as Carpenter's masterful score portends of something ominous to come.
But unfortunately, the movie doesn't have…
Le chat de Schrödinger rencontre Satan qui rencontre Alice Cooper qui rencontre des dialogues sans queue ni tête.
Encore une trame sonore réussie.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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