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…
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…
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.
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 was actually pretty scary.
For the final TRICK OR TREAT edition of Two Cents, we celebrate Halloween with John Carpenter's metaphysical Satanic panic. Plus, Alice Cooper!
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John Carpenter likes a good siege but seems to have something against the homeless. In the second of his Apocalypse trilogy, they’re portrayed as demonically possessed psychotics with a penchant for the local insect population.
Gathering a bunch of no-marks and leftovers from his previous flicks led by a tache-sporting charisma-vortex (only Tom Selleck or Ron Burgundy can rock an onscreen moustache), there’s still much to enjoy in the underrated Prince of Darkness’s barmy mix of quantum physics, religion and campy horror; the melodramatic ravings of Donald Pleasence; the scientific babblings of Victor Wong; creepy-crawlies going mental; Satan as a malevolent can of Mountain Dew – all wrapped up with a refreshing lack of irony and his obligatory foreboding 80s…
Points for Jameson Parker's incredible mustache.
A group of scientist discover and unknowningly unleash an ancient evil which they must confront, not only to stay amogst the living but to protect their world from this evil, this is the main plot of Prince of Darkness. It's one of John Carpenter's lesser known horror films and one of most confusing(at first) but once the film gets going, it moves along just find. I think the reason for the slow start is to build tension and a feeling of foreboding and dread.
The atmosphere and score are great and the films ending is something else. Definitely worth checking out if you're a horror fan.
Fascinating mythology that begs for further exploration, a refreshingly diverse cast, a measured, dread-inducing pace, and a sick synth score, but the whole "isolation of a potential catalyst to an all-out apocalypse in a single location by a group of scientists" concept is leaps and bounds more convincing in the freezing Arctic than Downtown Los Angeles.
One of John Carpenter's better films! That's not necessarily a compliment; I don't much consider myself a fan. But this is solid. I think it would make a great double feature with Flatliners, which is also not great, but solid and intriguing.
"Hello? Hello. I've got a message for you, and you're not going to like it. ... Pray for death."
When a priest investigates the death of another priest, he discovers a hidden chamber in an abandoned California church. Known only to an ancient, secret order of priests called the Brotherhood of Sleep, this chamber has housed a terrible artifact for five-hundred years, keeping its existence hidden from the world, and even the Catholic Church itself.
It is pure evil, concentrated, and incredibly ancient. It is Satan, the son of an evil god who walked the Earth before time began. He was contained in this artifact millions of years ago to await a time when he will be unleashed up on…
A very scaring and dark film from John Carpenter about a priest, a professor, and his students trying to uncover the mystery of a canister which might possess the spawn of Satan.
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