While the nauseating spectacle of the academy fawning over this had alarm bells ringing, I needn’t have worried. This was smart and spiky social satire that went to unexpected places. I have liked every film from this director so far. Good work.
Armed with a plot straight from Doctor Who's mid- 70s gothic period, this much maligned mini-masterpiece reminds one of the confined and clammy claustrophobia of The Thing, with the uniquely menacing atmosphere augmented by Carpenter's stalking camera and moody score. And, over 1000 horror movies later, the famous dream sequences remain some of the most indelibly disturbing imagery in any film ever, indeed, the film is awash with such imagery. Any list of Carpenter's best films is simply incomplete without Prince of Darkness.