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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An outstanding ride that will at times make your skin crawl. This is one of many Carpenter movies that were ahead of its time. A must own for sci-fi/horror lovers.Published 3 months ago by victor
An absolute turd. I had to stop watching after 45 agonizing minutes. I just couldn't get through it. Clearly, Carpenter was experimenting with this movie, and it failed. Creative? Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dogbury
but i thought this was a really bad John Carpenter movie. i just felt
the whole thing was ridiculous.take the premise,for example. Read more
Since the other reviewers have spoiled the plotline (roughly), I will limit my review of this movie to a brief synopsis and try to keep the criticisms on a creative level. Read morePublished on July 9 2004 by Valjean
There wasn't an original idea in this film. To hear it referred to as scary, or worse yet, a masterpiece, curdles the yogurt I just ate. Read morePublished on July 9 2004 by J.A.
An ancient evil has awakened, and it is in liquid form! Father Loomis (Donald Pleasance) receives a key from another, now deceased, priest, and with this key opens himself up to a... Read morePublished on June 30 2004 by CreepyT
Prince of Darkness SHOULD have been a horrible movie. It has alot of things wrong with it. For instance:
-The opening credits are boring and take a LONG time to roll... Read more
I'm going to get this out of the way, by stating up front what is wrong with this movie:
-The opening credits take WAY too long. What was he thinking? Read more