We're about half way through the Underrated Series and have finally reached one of the big genres. I'm expecting lots…
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…
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…
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.
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…
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.
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Couldn't stay awake. I wanted to like it but couldn't get into it for some reason.
Holy shit, those opening credits just keep right on going.
Its a little hard to take a movie that has a jar of green goop as its antagonist seriously, although a movie in which Alice Cooper stabs a nerd who is listening to Alice Cooper with a bicycle is pretty funny.
Like many of John Carpenter's films, this one easily passes the Bechdel test and has a pleasantly diverse ensemble cast. It's also quite fun in its own rather limited way, with a few genuinely creepy moments, some solid make-up effects, and a lot of Donald Pleasance staring off into the distance while slowly intoning doom-laden prophecies. Oh, and it's got Alice Cooper playing 'Street Schizo' and a church called St. Godard's - what's not to love?
Of the three films that make up John Carpenter's Apocalypse Trilogy, this is definitely the weakest. The bulk of the story takes far too long to arrive and when it does it feels very static. Not terrible and worth a watch but rather forgettable with a premise that, ultimately, fails to pack it's promised punch.
Té els seus defectes...però també moltes virtuts. Entre altres, una gran atmòsfera, un dels millors treballs de Carpenter en la música i un final superb. Revisionada al cinema juntament amb "Asalto al distrito 13" i "La cosa".
It has its defects...but it has also several virtues. Among others, a great atmosphere, one of the best musical works of Carpenter and a superb ending. Rewatched at the cinema together with "Assault on precint 13" and "the thing".
"No prison can hold him now."- Father Loomis
Prince of Darkness is alright, but it takes a while to get going. The characters aren't interesting and the acting is a bit iffy at times. It does get better as it goes and has some great moments here and there. Carpenter's score is awesome as always though. 6/10
With any kind of film surrounding the supernatural there is a very fine line between profound and preposterous, between the sublime and the ridiculous. Prince of Darkness desperately wants to be taken seriously, but it ends up every bit as laughable and stupid as Exorcist II: The Heretic. While not John Carpenter's worst film (that honour is reserved for Ghosts of Mars), it remains one of his most obvious and embarrassing failures.
Prince of Darkness is the middle instalment of Carpenter's 'apocalypse trilogy', three films which share the premise of a deadly force which could destroy humanity if fully unleashed (the others being The Thing and In the Mouth of Madness). For all the pretentions and incoherence of the latter,…
John Carpenter serves up one of his best, and arguably his scariest films in the form of a reverse-nativity story. Prince of Darkness has for a few years now been my go-to movie when someone asks me what my favorite Christmas flick is.
This film is clever as heck. There's a goodly share of great circular wordplay, and this time around I noticed for the first time that there's some "Last Supper" imagery when 12 scientists are seated at a long table discussing how Jesus was an alien. Exquisite.
Honestly, I keep expecting to be less spooked every time I watch this, but as a real testament to the power of this tale, I always get goosebumps during certain scenes. Also, that final shot, with the cut to black. Wow...
This movie was a typical 80's low budget pile of poo.
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