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…
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…
Anytime is a good time for a John Carpenter film.
It's been a while since I watched Prince of Darkness, and I had to admit to myself that the things about it that don't work - the two leads (especially Jameson Parker [especially Jameson Parker's moustache]) and a climax that feels too small for the apocalyptic setup of the first two-thirds - hurt the movie more than I remembered. It's a shame, because most of Prince of Darkness is fantastic, with scenes and moments that rank with John Carpenter's best work. I love the movie's blend of religious and metaphysical horror - it's pulpy but thought-provoking nonetheless, and the sickly, bug-infested atmosphere Carpenter builds through most of the film is very unnerving. The movie was Carpenter's deliberate return to lower-budget…
"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…
Carpenter's exaggerated themes of paranoid distrust and people not being what they seem play well into worries of religious demagoguery, but what really impressed me though is that for an almost event-less 100 minutes Carpenter really manages to find a way to weave something out of nothing.
This one has a lot of ideas. So many that at some points all it seems to do is delivering exposition. Still, it incorporated science and religion in a pretty unique way, keeping the talk interesting throughout. The movie dosed out a few creepy moments over its first half, before getting full-blown horror in its last act, with some good set-pieces. Not everything works, but it holds my interest.
1. John Carpenter really is one of the greats.
2. Love the concept.
3. Love the execution.
Who's lighting all these candles?
A kind of cinematic Eldritch Abomination.
For me, Carpenter's most underrated film. Intense as all hell with a third act that just gets creepier and creepier, a superb score and a horror plot which feels genuinely inventive, this is a gem.
How could you NOT know that something evil is going on when you have "Homeless Alice Cooper" lurking outside your church?
Part of the "31 Rides Out" list: letterboxd.com/ipcress/list/31-rides-out-what-i-watched-for-halloween/
I remember being pretty put off by this the first time I watched it a few years ago, focusing on its obvious (often budget-related) flaws. But whether it's because I've been watching so many British horrors from the 60s/70s--a film tradition this movie is clearly indebted to--or because a rewatch reveals how intricately, expertly fashioned the film is, I find myself considering it to be in Carpenter's top two or three.
It's not an accident that Carpenter adopts the pseudonym of "Quatermass" in his script credit, as the fingerprints of *Quatermass* scribe Nigel Kneale are all over this one (in many ways, it seems like a psychic sibling for Kneale's disavowed work…
Not my favorite JC but way towards the top, growing on me with repeat viewings. Plus, death by bicycle?!