Complete list of the films Guillermo del Toro has recommended on twitter. Click the 'Read notes' button to see his…
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…
This is a god dream. This is everything.
Assault on Diocese 13
As far as love letters to Nigel Kneale go, I think Lifeforce is more on point, but this Stone Tape meets Demons high concept gory 80s satanic panic is a fun twist on the faith vs. science/rational vs. irrational conflict at the heart of so many similar UK stories: here faith and science share equal footing! Carpenter has a well worn bag of tricks at this point in his career and sometimes it works great (when is a bunch of creepers staring in through a window not going to be creepy?), and other times it just seems out of place (slasher beats in the middle of cosmic metaphysical chaos). It's so slick that one can get…
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…
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.
For me, this is the culmination of Carpenter's career-long vision. It's also the apex of horror, a configuration of histories and patterns that amounts to nothing less than a monumental statement on the genre as a whole. Hyperbolic? Sure, but how else can I talk about my favorite film of all time? Prince of Darkness is the central focus of my master's thesis in-progress; I can't wait to continue visiting, revisiting, studying, and analyzing it throughout the next year.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Let's call it science-horror.
PRINCE OF DARKNESS, John Carpenter's pitch-black tone poem about a team of quantum physicists examining an ancient artifact in the basement if an abandoned church, never entirely makes sense, and I believe that's exactly as the gifted auteur intended. The story pits its protagonists against a resurgent cosmic power they can't begin to comprehend; perhaps it's appropriate that we can't, either.
Carpenter mainstay Donald Pleasance (who is always so very good that we tend to forget how good he is) stars as a high ranking Catholic priest dispatched to Los Angeles, to work alongside a crew of academics investigating ... what, exactly? The mystery involves ancient manuscripts, a canister of swirling green liquid, and a growing…
So perfectly paced, so perfectly written, so perfectly framed. John Carpenter's left one hell of a first impression on me.
science and mysticism, technology and antiquity, wrangling and clashing for control over the environment, the characters caught in the crossfire and buried in their own confusion. definitely one of the best science fiction films ever made. im going to have to give this several rewatches.
When the genre reaches its apex, when perfect harmony is found between aesthetic and narrative, when there is a full balance between emotion and texture, perhaps then we will look back at Prince of Darkness and realize that it provides a blueprint of genre do's-and-dont's and acts as the voice of an apocalypse unrealized.
sean's vhs, his bed, in the fluffy zone.
So boring but had some genuine scary parts. Great music obvs.
More than any other Carpenter-movie, this feels like a Carpenter-music-movie. I like the ideas and the mood, but was not really pulled in.
Discussed by myself and Casey Pletcher onThe Gory Details Horror Show Podcast
I should love this movie: you've got John Carpenter in his 80's prime, showcasing great scope cinematography, atmospheric lighting, minimalistic synth score, and an overall great handling of genres.
Too bad the pacing is way off. The first two acts are all build up, without any real explanation as to what it's building up to. The final act starts off promising, with things going on left and right, but it quickly settles back in to taking its time: most of the characters are holding up in a room, with another one holding up in a closet that shares a wall with their room. The climax is confusing and…
Definitely not caca.
since I'm in a complete Assayas mood, here are his favourite films that I've taken from a couple sources (top…
Another year, another personal list. These are my favorites, ranked and sorted.