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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: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Vid Canada
  • Release Date: April 29 1998
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305078165
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #96,162 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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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

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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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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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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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John Carpenter's "Prince of Darkness" is vintage Carpenter and one of the Master's greatest and most underrated outings, serving up a masterfully ghoulish, take-no-prisoners, heavy on the red sauce and liquefied pure green Evil little howler of a horror movie.
Consider "Prince of Darkness" as a fine Carpenterian wine (a merlot, of course---a deep *red* merlot), well aged---after all, 1987 was a good year, and this film is a fine vintage. The bouquet? Rich and heady, a fine distillation of "Assault on Precinct 13" and "The Thing." With that in mind, let's pop the cork on "Prince of Darkness".
When the last, venerable priest of an ancient and mysterious Catholic order dies, Father Loomis (played with aplomb by the great Donald Pleasence---possibly playing the brother of Mike Myer's shrink?), sent to gather the priest's effects and secure his crumbling parish church, discovers something green, liquid and nasty bottled up in the church basement, and it's not detergent.
Father Loomis calls in a team of physics students and linguistic researchers, who begin to suspect something Evil is afoot in the church basement, and It has plans of its own. Let the Smackdown commence!
In this corner: A team of physics grad students led by Parker Jameson (A.J. Simon from the TV series "Simon and Simon, of course!) and veteran character actor Victor Wong (from Carpenter's other camp classic "Big Trouble in Little China", here hamming it up and chewing scenery with furious abandon and with the help of a spooky eye), and of course with Pleasence bringing in the ecclesiastical heavy weapons.

AND in this Corner: Evil, incarnate as puke-green liquid encased in a translucent cylinder in the base of a decrepit L.A.
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