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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…
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.
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…
Hey, guys. Remember when I said I was going to watch only one horror film from each country and that I would only watch all new stuff?
"That's right, Steve, you did!"
Well, I've had trouble fitting stuff in and plus I thought it would be cool to end the month revisiting a couple of my all time favourites and seeing if they still stood up. There have been a lot of great reviews flying round for Prince Of Darkness recently, so I couldn't help myself, really. I'm REALLY glad that I made that decision because I think this viewing may have made it my…
Backgrounded it again while editing music video.
An old catholic prophecy manifests itself into an apocalyptic setting towards the end times as the prince of darkness reveals himself and makes an attempt to walk the earth.
Pretty much everything about this movie is perfect. It explores some unusual ideas, plays upon your imagination by using loose association. plot devices work and aren't hokey. Has an absolutely killer JC synthy ambient-sounding soundtrack. Has a good build up, fantastic ending and denoument. It's creepy and at times scary, but it's not a slasher or a jump out of your seat type horror. My friends however thought it was boring and not scary at all. It's not You're Next.
5 stars hands down in my book. I would be excited…
First of all, I really loved the style of music, even though it was strongly overused. But without it the movie wouldn't be half as good, so that's pretty much the only reason I gave it a 3 star rating instead of a 2.5. It has it's shocking moments, but just as many silly or illogical ones. It's way inferior to the other two parts of the trilogy, but still watchable. Just don't expect too much.
'Prince of Darkness' is John Carpenter's most ambitious film to date, and probably his most eerie.
Blending together 'Assault on Precinct 13' with 'The Thing', 'Prince of Darkness' is much more character and dialogue driven than many other films of its type. After a couple of films within the studio system, with varied success, Carpenter went back to basics and back to what he knew best, working with a smaller budget. Not that the lack of budget showed at all. The acting is very good, on the most part anyway, there are a couple of wooden moments and Dennis Dun was just plain annoying.
The writing is strong, albeit a few cheesy moments, but you could probably have put that down to is not ages that well, and "being of the time"
A little slow in the beginning, but a strong third act propels this to the next level. 'Prince of Darkness' is perhaps Carpenter's most underappreciated film.
Quite an awkward John Carpenter movie to get hold of and I'm glad I decided to make the effort. However, it really isn't one of Carpenter's best, nor is it terribly good. It contains some interesting imagery and similar themes to John Carpenter's far superior "In The Mouth Of Madness". The character's are set up pretty well, but the guy we are expected to think of as the male lead starts off (unintentionally) creepy and there are few points where the characters seem to have a rather bizarre sense of humour.
What is most impressive about this movie is just how absurd and ridiculous the underlying premise is. Sure, I went in with an open mind, but when a horror…
excellently potty Carpenter movie that for some reason I had never got round to seeing. A slow burner that is very creepy in places. Some fantastic images and ideas throughout and certainly an underrated part of his canon.
"I have a question, and I know you all have it, too: What is up Satan's ass?! All he wants to do is fuck us up, the dick-licker!" - Mr. Show with Bob & David.
Not as scary as The Thing and more ponderous and slowly-paced than In The Mouths Of Madness, this is the difficult second chapter of John Carpenter's apocalypse trilogy. It takes place at an unusual intersection between religion and science, with shades of Nigel Kneale for good measure.
The staggered opening credits scenes are symptomatic of a film that takes its time over an interesting take on Christian mythology but outside of the director's usual great effects and music, is no more than a solidly regular demonic possession flick.
More than most of Carpenter's films, this has just got better and better with age. Poorly received by critics at the time, Prince of Darkness is nightmarish and smart. It manages to marry up science and religion that seems plausible and forces both priest and scientists in the film to accept their limitations.
The limitations of the film - few locations and simple effects are used brilliantly. This is carpenter reining it in after Big Trouble in Little China and what a joy it is.
The Exorcist for atheists.
Backgrounded while revising Schrodinger's Vampire. VHS.
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