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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…
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…
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…
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.
To see where i've ranked it in Carpenter's filmography, click
"I've got a message for you, and you're not going to like it."
One of the most common stories in cinema are about good vs evil, is the basic thesis of most films, there is nothing wrong with that besides that is been done so many times that doesn't have the weight that it should, but give this basic premise to John Carpenter and you get something unique, interesting and engaging like Prince of Darkness.
This could be even consider a story about Religion vs Science. Carpenter wanted complete control and it's for the…
The obfuscation of logic and morality at the subatomic level. Evil as a material thing, as the dark matter webbed between everything and as reverse entropy, rather than metaphysical construct. The way the distinction between theology and science smears into a similar Schrödinger-esque super-state at certain scales. The grotesque illusion of autonomy revealed when cells become beetles. The assertion that the objects of our fears are real, physical objects, occupying a space we can't properly quantify. The proximity of the homeless, the irony of their dispossession, suggesting in unstable ways that material evil is capital. Above and through all this, there is little in the film more gorgeous or malevolent than Carpenter's pulsing and insistent score.
I liked the set-up, including the ten minute opening credits sequence, but in the end Prince of Darkness is completely incomprehensible and only moderately suspenseful.
Another strong John Carpenter effort that was broadly overlooked at the time of release. It is certainly a film that gets better through the number of rewatches as more is revealed to the keen eye. There are some great musings on logic and belief whilst also attacking organised religion. Very adult themes for a time when the industry was more interested in providing fodder for the teen demographic. There is so much great imagery that is well suited to the blu ray format. Seeing it in the original aspect ratio. The whole story is accentuated by another fantastic yet simple Carpenter score that concludes with an amazing good vs evil ending.
One of John Carpenter's most underrated films, Prince Of Darkness takes a heck of a lot of patience to get through the first half, including enduring what I would call the worst opening credit sequence in the history of film, lasting twelve minutes due to the continuous intercutting of three or four title cards in between several minutes of film. But once it gets going, beneath the cheesy acting, the characters' endless pseudo-scientific, religious babbling, the awkward line readings from Donald Pleasence, and the occasional resemblance of a poor-man's version of The Thing with all the body-inhabiting shenanigans, Prince Of Darkness proves to be a rather intense, imaginative little horror film, masking a truly anarchic spirit in its tale of…
John Carpenter is the Prince of Atmosphere. (See what I did there?) Some parts of this film are truly unsettling, and I mean that in the best way. Carpenter's synth score oozes through the film and helps inject a growing dread that I could feel in my core.
Prince of Darkness is scary and fun, relying on mood to produce goosebumps rather than an overuse of jumps scares, all on top of a cool and pulpy plot.
The devil is alive! And he's coming to prey on mortals! Or so the plot goes in John Carpenter's Prince of Darkness, the second entry in his apocalypse trilogy. With its black humor, minimalist synth score, and dogged commitment to claustrophobic atmosphere, this film is a prime example of the style Carpenter is known for. Still I had a sneaking feeling the film, though very entertaining, was a bit slight; another great example of what Carpenter can accomplish using the core of his style but not a particularly revelatory use of them.
After a group of physicists and other scientists are brought into a church for a weekend, strange events begin immediately. Homeless people stand outside the church and stare--Alice…
Dorks vs Liquid Satan.
Subject matter owns, quantum physics and shit vs religion or are they both the same? There's something about a church full of huge scientific machinery that makes for a great image. I love paranormal movies that have these scientific machines and equipment in them (like Poltergeist), it just works for me. Awesome score as usual. Beginning is paced well, lots of people you gotta know, solid build up. Kinda slows down a bit but that might've just been my dumb brain wandering.
Gross worms and bugs and zombie hobos baring down on the church. Bonus Alice Cooper.
Some hilarious lines, paraphrasing:
"You don't bruise from nerves".
"When I was 12 I broke out in bruises all…
Hasta cuando Carpenter patina, hace giros bonitos.
John Carpenter is my favorite filmmaker. His abilities to create tone and execute his films to their intended purpose always makes them captivating and a cut above. That's why when I first watched Prince of Darkness about a year ago, I was slightly perplexed to find that I really didn't care for the movie at all.
The film takes up at least half of it's running time simply getting the cast to the main location of the film without really ever expanding on anyone's character. We are just barraged with the, quite large, ensemble cast and extremely vague hints about what's going on. Once the stage is set, the film becomes event after event after event. There is never any…
- The Forgotten
- Love Me If You Dare
- A Saintly Switch
- Nothing Personal
- The Gods Must Be Crazy
- Whistle and I'll Come to You
- The Woman in Black
- The House of the Laughing Windows
- Who Can Kill a Child?
We're about half way through the Underrated Series and have finally reached one of the big genres. I'm expecting lots…
- The Shining
- The Thing
- The Night of the Hunter
This list has been incredibly difficult to compile let alone rank. I have a horrible feeling I've missed some notable…