• Ben Hynes

    ★★★½ Watched by Ben Hynes 13 Apr, 2014

    The obfuscation of logic and morality at the subatomic level. Evil as a material thing, as the dark matter webbed between everything and as reverse entropy, rather than metaphysical construct. The way the distinction between theology and science smears into a similar Schrödinger-esque super-state at certain scales. The grotesque illusion of autonomy revealed when cells become beetles. The assertion that the objects of our fears are real, physical objects, occupying a space we can't properly quantify. The proximity of the…

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  • mo_shack

    ★★½ Watched by mo_shack 11 Apr, 2014

    The John Carpenter Filmography in Chronological Order Project (10 of 18)

    I liked the set-up, including the ten minute opening credits sequence, but in the end Prince of Darkness is completely incomprehensible and only moderately suspenseful.

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  • Ryan S

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Ryan S 06 Apr, 2014

    Another strong John Carpenter effort that was broadly overlooked at the time of release. It is certainly a film that gets better through the number of rewatches as more is revealed to the keen eye. There are some great musings on logic and belief whilst also attacking organised religion. Very adult themes for a time when the industry was more interested in providing fodder for the teen demographic. There is so much great imagery that is well suited to the…

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  • Auteur

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Auteur 25 Mar, 2014

    One of John Carpenter's most underrated films, Prince Of Darkness takes a heck of a lot of patience to get through the first half, including enduring what I would call the worst opening credit sequence in the history of film, lasting twelve minutes due to the continuous intercutting of three or four title cards in between several minutes of film. But once it gets going, beneath the cheesy acting, the characters' endless pseudo-scientific, religious babbling, the awkward line readings from…

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  • Lukas

    ★★★★½ Watched by Lukas 23 Mar, 2014

    John Carpenter is the Prince of Atmosphere. (See what I did there?) Some parts of this film are truly unsettling, and I mean that in the best way. Carpenter's synth score oozes through the film and helps inject a growing dread that I could feel in my core.

    Prince of Darkness is scary and fun, relying on mood to produce goosebumps rather than an overuse of jumps scares, all on top of a cool and pulpy plot.

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  • Henry Carroll

    ★★★½ Watched by Henry Carroll 20 Mar, 2014

    The devil is alive! And he's coming to prey on mortals! Or so the plot goes in John Carpenter's Prince of Darkness, the second entry in his apocalypse trilogy. With its black humor, minimalist synth score, and dogged commitment to claustrophobic atmosphere, this film is a prime example of the style Carpenter is known for. Still I had a sneaking feeling the film, though very entertaining, was a bit slight; another great example of what Carpenter can accomplish using the…

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  • Matt Lavender

    ★★★★ Watched by Matt Lavender 19 Mar, 2014

    Dorks vs Liquid Satan.
    Subject matter owns, quantum physics and shit vs religion or are they both the same? There's something about a church full of huge scientific machinery that makes for a great image. I love paranormal movies that have these scientific machines and equipment in them (like Poltergeist), it just works for me. Awesome score as usual. Beginning is paced well, lots of people you gotta know, solid build up. Kinda slows down a bit but that might've…

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  • Carlos J. Marín

    ★★★ Watched by Carlos J. Marín 15 Mar, 2014

    Hasta cuando Carpenter patina, hace giros bonitos.

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  • Chris Kirby

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Chris Kirby 09 Mar, 2014

    John Carpenter is my favorite filmmaker. His abilities to create tone and execute his films to their intended purpose always makes them captivating and a cut above. That's why when I first watched Prince of Darkness about a year ago, I was slightly perplexed to find that I really didn't care for the movie at all.

    The film takes up at least half of it's running time simply getting the cast to the main location of the film without really…

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  • WesternUnion

    ★★★ Watched by WesternUnion 24 Oct, 2013

    67/100

    Carpenter the maestro of generating sinister, downbeat tension. Hard to dispute, whether or not his films hook me. I like what he concocted here, toying with a relatively unknown lot. Think of it as an '80s mirror to The Divide, that finds room to pit religious against scientific reps.

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  • Michael Schug

    ★★★ Rewatched by Michael Schug 01 Mar, 2014

    Aus heutiger Sicht: eine verquaste Story (zumindest die pseudo-wisseschaftlichen Erklärungen), die nervt; ein großartiger selbstgestrickter Soundtrack vom Multitalent Carpenter.

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  • t-hom

    ★★★ Watched by t-hom 26 Feb, 2014

    sort of a blip on the radar of director Carpenter's career, this independent thriller is a bit of fun, if not as iconically great as his other works.

    a mixture of scientific reason, and religious mythology, gives the film a fun mystery flavor. the casting is ok, as Carpenter specifically wrote roles for some of his regulars. the cinematography offers some cool in-camera effects, and Alice Cooper's extended cameo is fun to watch.

    this film isn't for everyone, but genre fans should enjoy it for what it is.

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