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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L'angoscia che rimane sui titoli di coda de #Ilsignoredelmale è palpabile, concreta. Spaventosa ed impari lotta contro Satana e la scienza.
Big Trouble in Little China meets Exorcist with a bad synth score and an Alice Cooper cameo. Flawed film, but it has a special place in my heart. The reoccurring dream sequence is still one of the coolest concepts I've seen in a movie.
So creepy and often revolting. The effects and atmosphere throughout is really great stuff. Another knock-out for Carpenter.
Backgrounded while revising Schrodinger's Vampire. VHS.
1. Love John Carpenter, his movies, his music, whatever.
2.Cast, Donald Pleasence, That old chinese guy from Big Trouble in Little China, Alice Cooper as Schizo homeless guy! How can I lose??
So I'm not sure what this movie is trying to be, Exorcist/Zombies/Sci-Fi something?? This movie is slow, and not slow burn building tension slow...just boring...I mean, when satan gets involved you expect some fireworks right?? But sadly no, it's a grab bag of horror ideas thrown up on the screen, just chalk this one up to "even the best of us have bad days"
"I broke out like that when I was 12, and the doctor said that it was homosexual panic."
"I'm a confirmed sexist."
"You could almost pass for Asian."
Martin Quartermass sure wrote killer dialogue.
Another claustrophobic Carpenter joint featuring characters trapped in one location by a malevolent outside force (re: The Thing, Assault on Precinct 13). I liked how Prince of Darkness gradually built tension, and the ending felt perfect. It's kind of strange that Satan spent a bunch of time and energy turning a couple physics students into sort-of-zombies instead of focusing on his (?) its (?) grander scheme, though.
I couldn't stop smiling whenever Dennis Dun appeared to over emote and sass up the screen. He even cracks an involved joke about a Jewish mother while on the brink of the hellpocalypse.
Slow build up to a pretty great, pretty intense finale, with the usual Carpenter humor in camaraderie. For a movie called "Prince of Darkness" it weirdly stays fairly grounded, yet manages some genuine gross-outs and one flat-out terrific image.
This is good. A badass synth score (natch), a lot of chilling imagery, and loads of crazed supernatural fuckery. But mainly, I just want Donald Pleasence to be happy.
Watched the Shout Factory blu-ray today and forgot how much I dug this film in the theaters - hadn't seen it since then. Maybe the new awesome John Carpenter solo record - Lost Themes on Sacred Bones label influenced me to watch it - I enjoyed it equally as much! Wonderful creepy pacing and nice wide, slow shots of whole cast working out the spirituality and the science. Part 2 in the Apocalypse trilogy and I enjoy it equally to In the Mouth of Madness, and a bit behind The Thing (c'mon - the ultimate winter snowy weather movie and I actually thought about playing this instead).
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