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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.
Enjoyably bonkers horror movie is bonkers.
This starts great, with the credits sequence gradually ticking through as the back story is revealed. From there it's all set in one abandoned church, where something which may be a liquefied devil is upsetting the locals.
This remains a fun horror movie. The score is great, loud and oppressive, it'll be pounding in your head for hours after the film ends.
It's got good jokes (have you seen Susan? The redhead. With the glasses) along with some decent kills and some fun grue.
This is a slightly more obscure Carpenter flick, so if you've missed out up until now, I'd recommend seeking it out. It's good fun.
Is your local church secretly holding a 2000 year old evil?
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The End of Cinema.
Dag 18 van 31 dagen horror in oktober: Prince of Darkness
Vergeten hoe vervelend en langdradig deze PoD is.
Mijn favo John Carpenter films:
1. The Thing
2. Big Trouble in Little China
5. Escape from New York
i might be overrating it: the pacing and direction seem...misaligned, almost all of the dialogue is exposition, and it's definitely a collage of several previous carpenter movies, yet...it's so charming: the visual rhymes with the thing (glasses, axes, detachable heads, jets of possessive liquid (lol)); the mirror scenes, especially the image of susan blanchard's hand piercing an inverted world; the vhs-quality nightmares from the future, which feel rhythmically like the beginning of found footage horror. it doesn't quite work but i like hanging out here
One of John Carpenter's films that sadly fizzled when it was first released, Prince of Darkness has thankfully found its audience over the years. It's an extremely creepy and atmospheric film about a group of scientists trapped in an old church with a vat of swirling green liquid that could be the remains of Satan himself. All of the director's effective traits are here...characters isolated in a single location, terrific use of the widescreen frame, an emphasis on suspense over bloodshed, and another of Carpenter's classic synth scores. It's all held together by Donald Pleasence, a great supporting cast, and the fact the script actually has some incredibly smart and original ideas. Unfortunately many of them don't get explored as much as they should be. There are pacing issues and it's not nearly as scary as Carpenter's earlier films, but Prince of Darkness remains one of his most interesting and underrated efforts.
- Letterboxd is the only place that seems to have good reviews for one of John Carpenter's most underrated movies and i don't know why. It's definitely top tier work from the master of horror and one of his movies that i will be revisiting the most in the future.
- You may be wondering why i'm blasting through John Carpenter movies right now, it's because i'm going to see him perform all his scores and Lost Themes albums LIVE which i can only assume is going to blow my mind and i need to prepare myself.
Durch Zufall eröffnete sich die Möglichkeit meine #Horrorctober-Liste um Fürsten der Dunkelheit zu erweitern. Ein Horrorfilm von John Carpenter, der Wissenschaft und Religion bzw. Okkultismus gekonnt mit Mysteryhorror verbindet.
Vereinzelt lassen mich die „hoch wissenschaftlichen“ Erläuterungen der beobachteten Phänomene schmunzeln, was der dichten 80er- Gruselatmosphäre mit einigen deutlicheren Bildern um eine humorvolle Note erweitert. Voller Humor sind ebenso die Schnitte, die mir gerade in der ersten Hälfte zu verstehen geben, dass Carpenter genau weiß, was er macht.
Etwas ideenlos fand ich leider den Aufbau im Hinblick der Figurenkonstellation zum Finale, welches mich wiederum mit netten visuellen Ideen und Konsequenz zurückgewann.
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…