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  • Actors: Donald Pleasence, Lisa Blount, Jameson Parker, Victor Wong, Dennis Dun
  • Directors: John Carpenter
  • Writers: John Carpenter
  • Producers: Andre Blay, Larry J. Franco, Shep Gordon
  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Jan. 15 2013
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AOX0A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,480 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Master of horror John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing) directs this terrifying battle between humankind and ultimate evil. A group of graduate students and scientists uncover an ancient canister in an abandoned church, but when they open the container, they inadvertently unleash a strange liquid and an evil force on all humanity. As the liquid turns their co-workers into zombies, the remaining members realize they have released the most unspeakable of horrors, Satan himself, thus paving the way for the return of his father - the all-powerful anti-God. Terror mounts as the last two members of the team must fight to save an innocent world from a devilish fury that has festered for over seven million years.

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The B picture lives on in the films of John Carpenter. Prince of Darkness weds supernatural horror with quantum weirdness, when a group of theoretical-physics students, led by their professor, Birack (Victor Wong), joins forces with a priest (Donald Pleasence) to forestall the coming of the Dark Lord. His Darkness has been imprisoned in a cylindrical container as a swirling green plasma since time immemorial, and is now beginning to find his way out. All of this is bolstered by a lot of fancy science talk (all of which is real, I can assure you--someone did his homework), which allows us to settle down, say okey dokey, and enjoy the thrills that this presages. As the title character spreads his contagion through the group of students, holed up in a church to study the sequestered Satan, the film shapes up as an homage to George Romero's Night of the Living Dead, much like Carpenter's earlier film, Assault on Precinct 13. But this adds the twist of quantum physics dovetailing with religious orthodoxy, and in the bargain spawning numerous zombie minions. There are plenty of squishy splatter opportunities, the kind that make some affected people say, "This is a bad movie!" while they grin from ear to ear. Look for Alice Cooper as a street schizo. I think you'll recognize him. --Jim Gay --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chadwick H. Saxelid on Jan. 12 2004
Format: DVD
After the box office failure of Big Trouble In Little China, John Carpenter turned away from the big budget studio system and attempted to return to his independent movie roots with Prince of Darkness. The end result is, by and large, successful, though Carpenter did (and has) lost quite a few fans for maintaing such a fierce devotion to b-movie story stelling.
The death of an eldery priest uncovers a secret that has been hidden from the world for well over 2,000 years. In the basement of a Los Angeles church there is...something. Something that appears to be changing...growing...becoming aware. Can a group of scientists unravel the secret before it is too late?
Prince of Darkness can best be described as Quatermass And The Pit as written by H.P. Lovecraft. While the movie contains numerous flaws (after a promising opening, it chooses to go the simple make 'em jump, cheap scare route), it still, by and large, overcomes them by virtue of Carpenter's strong grasp of mood and story. Taken as a simple low budget thrill ride, the movie delivers. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Lehman on March 9 2004
Format: DVD
Prince of Darkness is a movie where religion and science comes together. Before you say: "it has zombies in it so it must be cheesy," watch the movie and you'll see how surprised you'll be. A group of students, a preacher, and a teacher go into an abandoned church to study a container of liquid which is supposed to be Satan and at some point, Satan begans to control the environment around the church. What I liked is how this movie tried to explain what Satan is using science. Watch for Alice Cooper playing one of the homeless people. There's a love story, but at least it's not unrealistic or sappy like most love stories are.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By OverTheMoon on July 15 2004
Format: DVD
I remember seeing this in the theatre when it first came out and there is no mistaking that this is one terrifying horror movie, not because Carpenter can knock up a load of blood on the screen but because it has brains and all the hallmarks of classic Carpenter suspense. If you are a Carpenter fan then you probably know that his earlier shoestring budget works are better than his recent big budget crap fests - The Thing, Assault on Precinct 13, Halloween and The Fog are what makes Carpenter great. Prince of Darkness is no exception to that rule.
The film concerns a secret Christian sect, called the Brotherhood of Sleep, who have kept something evil locked up in one of their churches downstairs in a large glass vessel. When the final brother dies he passes on the secret to Father Loomis (Donald Pleasence) who in turn decided to call in some physics students from the local college to find out what is in the vessel. Soon the students find themselves up against an evil that is waiting to be reborn, and also up against themselves as the evil takes hold of them (sort of turning people in zombies that spray evil water out from their mouths).
The single most amazing thing about the Prince of Darkness is the whole atmosphere. There is very little blood at the start and yet the feelings that are evoked by the wonderful set designs, music and lighting will have the hair on the back on your head sticking up. When the blood does come it is not as shocking, however there is one scene of a dead man outside standing in beetles that gave me sleepless nights for weeks. Imagine that thing standing at the end of your bed at night!
This is not just a horror film either.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mathieu N. on Aug. 17 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Scream Factory has done it again! Great HD transfer, great mix of old and new extras, and some kickass slip covers handdrawn/painting style. Highly recommended!
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Format: DVD
I like John Carpenter, for he know how to make stylish B-films that work. Jameson Parker (Rick of Simon & Simon - NOT Parker Jameson, mind you!), is a student under Professor Victor Wong (Tremors "Here are some Swiss Cheese & Bullets") along with Lisa Blount (Officer and a Gentleman) and Denis Dun (Big Trouble in Little China). They and their fellow students are recruited to help a priest, Donald Pleasance, in solving the riddle of an Evil the church has kept hidden (Now we know what is wrong with Mickael Meyers!!). They confront a huge glass cylinder of swirling green Jell-o that is supposedly an "evil", likely the "son" of Satan.
There are lots of doings outside the church, as well. Alice Cooper and his palies are lumbering around doing all sorts of Lord of the Flies routines, obviously called by the Jell-o in the tube in the basement. Our gang is trapped in the church, trying to solve the riddle of the text kept with the tube, but all are slowly being affected by the tube, just as Alice and crew are outside. Can they solved the riddle of the evil before it's too late? Maybe they need Cool Whip??
It sounds hokey, and at point you really want to laugh, but at the same time Carpenter blends his B-movie magic to terrify you. A heady mix! He keeps the audience on the edge of their sets.
Likely to be one of Carpenter "cult classic" down the road and well deservedly!
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Format: DVD
This is one of the creepiest movies I have ever seen. It is not a slasher film, so don't look for lots of scantily clad hot chics and brutal violence. This is a CREEPY movie and it will have you not getting very close to any mirrors for awhile.
Seems that a secret order of Catholic priests have been in charge of this ... container... for awhile. Inside the container is the evil essense of Satan himself. A team of scientists is called in to study an increase in the activity level of the green vapor inside. Sequestered in the spooky old monastery they begin having the same cryptic dream ... and the 'goo' starts getting out. As the satanic stuff begins physically manifesting itself, the street people ('led' by Alice Cooper) and the bugs begin to behave very oddly. As more of the cryptic dream starts coming up and trapped in the church by the oddly behaving street people and cockroaches, it is up to the research team to stop the release of Satan into the world. Very spooky, this is an excellent thriller.
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