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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…
This is a god dream. This is everything.
Did anyone else watch the interview with John Carpenter on the Scream Factory blu-ray of Prince of Darkness? If so, did he get teary eyed at the end of the interview after saying how heartwarming and comforting it is [especially in old age] that people still love his films and want interviews with him for releases all of these years later?!?! I knew it! He's a big softy with a tough exterior, just like me!
I seriously love this guy, I know it seems a bit ridiculous to say that because he's a director who I don't know personally, but from his interviews, actions, films, everything, I feel like I get a pretty good sense of what he's like and…
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…
I've seen Prince of Darkness before but last night is the first time I really felt it. The sense of true dread and heaviness that these scholars can't fully measure. It's safe to say that the collective SOV dream they all have from 1999 is the scariest thing to ever be filmed, and I physically respond to it everytime. I'm actually watching a transmission from the apocalypse, but it's worse than the "apocalypse". Apocalypse is just a word and it can't begin to describe what reality is like under the Anti-God. An eternal dark age, magnetic buzzing that you can feel in your head. A real, physical, gravitational discomfort. I imagine that in this reflection of reality our bodies don't…
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.
Carpenter's big sleeper creeper.
After viewing this for the first time in a couple of years, I still don't regard it to be the underrated masterpiece that some claim, nor is it as plodding as I used to think it was.
There are points that I feel are weaker than they ought to be, but if you can allow yourself to become immersed in the aesthetic you'll have a much better time.
[religion, mysticism, duality, disease]
Generates incredible tension through confident direction and promises much through intriguing world-building elements (Interdimensionality, techno-mysticism, dream communication), but lurches into a sudden and relatively low-key climax. Feels like something is missing from this one.
A movie that features some of John Carpenter's best ideas, without a great execution.
Two words keep me from liking this more: Jameson Parker.
Sarà un caso, sarà sudditanza psicologica, ma guarda caso, il film con titolo (avessi potuto darmi un nome di battesimo da solo..) e poster cinematografico che più amo tra la quasi mille pellicole viste, è anche lo stesso che vanta una delle atmosfere oscure che più amo con tutto me stesso. Non è sicuramente un caso che il regista sia lo stesso di The Thing, non è un caso che faccia parte della ''Trilogia dell'Apocalisse'' carpenteriana come quest'ultimo, non è un caso che la colonna sonora composta da John mi sia entrata nell'anima come ha fatto con Halloween, non è un caso che i miei gusti, la mia personalità e oserei dire il mio inconscio si trovino così galvanizzati dall'azione…
Sólo diré que la música es de lo mejor, la historia te pondrá los pelos de punta y, madre mía con el final.
I've never been much of a fan of these kinds of movies, so if you like over the top, grotesque horror movies, maybe this is better than I'm giving it credit for.
Link below to my podcast - a scene by scene analysis:
Ein Carpenter, den ich noch nicht kannte. Die Effekte und das Finale sind klasse. In der Mitte etwas zäh, aber dennoch sehenswert. Andere Carpenter-Filme stehen bei mir aber deutlich höher im Kurs.
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