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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.
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…
Fascinating cult favorite shocker by master of horror John Carpenter.
Group of scientific students join a priest in a weird, abandoned looking church in L.A. where they suspect the devil is soon to rise up from hell to bring the apocalypse. Plot becomes preposterous rather quickly and yet the frightening entertainment never weakens.
Slow builder but the final twenty minutes lead up to a suspenseful showdown shocker.
I watched this because of the Film Junk podcast.
It's fun. Equal parts ludicrous and genuinely creepy.
This should be great - its basically Carpenter riffing on his favorite horror tropes - but its just a mess. Some nice cinematography and the brooding score is excellent, as ever. But its too incoherent and there are too many conflicting elements to really satisfy.
Its an scientific investigation of a haunted house - as per The Stone Tape or The Haunting. But the house is an old church in which the physical embodiment of satan has been found - unfortunately looking like a canister of the green slime from Ghostbusters 2.
The single location fails to build on the same level of claustrophobia as in Assault on Precinct 13 or The Thing - maybe because none of the characters are interesting or likeable enough to make you care about them.
And I did spend the entire film thinking "who lights all those candles?".
I watched this movie as part of John Carpenter's "Apocalypse Trilogy" at the Prince Charles Cinema which comprised of:
1) The Thing (1982)
2) Prince Of Darkness (1987)
3) In The Mouth Of Madness (1994)
The Thing is undoubtedly a horror classic and deservedly so. I found the alien being inspired by and almost as scary as the one in "Alien" if not even more scary! The main conceit of a shape-shifting creature is inspired and feeds straight into an intense claustrophobic thriller where paranoia is the order of the day and everyone dies a horrible death. Brilliant!
Prince Of Darkness is a horrible movie following the worst traits of unfunny B-movies. Despite a decent set up where Absolute Evil…
TRILOGIA DELL'APOCALISSE #2
Ecco, questo è il classico film che corre il rischio di essere contemporaneamente sottovalutato e sopravvalutato. Ambiziosissimo nel tema, zeppo di scene notevoli e con un'atmosfera a tratti paralizzante, ha però una scrittura che si appoggia un po' troppo su supercazzole lovecraftiane che diventa particolarmente un problema quando quasi tutti gli attori a disposizione sono cagnacci senza speranza - la decisione di buttare nel mucchio il personaggio ironico di Dennis Dun, non a caso l'unico che si salva, è segno che qualcuno se n'era accorto in tempo. Si ha la tentazione di piazzarlo lassù coi migliori di Carpenter quando ci si annoia a citare sempre i soliti titoli - certe sequenze lo meriterebbero - ma in realtà…
I'm afraid I missed something here. Prince of Darkness isn't bad- it's got a cool score and some equally cool imagery (not to mention Alice Cooper), but it isn't anything special either. Meh.
I’ve always found it really difficult to like this film; I think Carpenter has done much better work and this has always felt too cheesy and derivative.
The film throws science and religion around without any real thought about what either really means, but hey, movie.
Characters seem flat and unlikable, this is a problem when they’re getting killed off one by one- I didn’t care for any of them.
Carpenter has always referred to this film as the middle section of a trilogy, “the thing” being the first, “in the mouth of madness” the final part.
Now “The Thing” is an absolutely awesome film, I’m sure you’ll agree, “In the mouth of madness” is really underappreciated.
So, for me,…
More like Prince of Dankness.
Pleasence presence means serious Carpenter business and right away it feels vintage cool. Bunch of no-name students on a mysterious assignment in a condemned old church? No problem, should be fine...
As the other side begins to swirl, we know both worlds will eventually meet. It's kind of like Precinct 13 meets The Fog in a confined location with ghouls lurking outside. The 3rd act is as good as advertised, again, vintage cool via Carpenter.
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