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  • Language: English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6301024443
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #153,811 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Something evil is awakening in the ancient basement of St. Goddard's church, something that has lain dormant and for eons, until now...
Between Big Trouble in little China (1986) and They Live (1988), John Carpenter released The Prince of Darkness (1987), a chilling story that asks the question is the devil a concept created by humans or is it a real, living, breathing entity?
After the death of an elderly priest, one who turns out to be a member of an ancient and once powerful sect within the Catholic Church, a key is found among his meager possessions by Father Loomis (Donald Pleasance). The key unlocks a door within a deserted church, a door that leads to an older area containing a large cylinder with a greenish, swirling liquid. Father Loomis, sensing the stirrings of the contents of the container, contacts Professor Howard Birack (Victor Wong) and enlists his aide in determining the true nature of what is within the cylinder. Professor Birack gathers a group of graduate students to investigate, including Brian Marsh, played by Jameson Parker, who many may remember as A.J. Simon from the television show Simon & Simon.
As the group begins to investigate, strange things begin to happen, homeless people gathering around the derelict church, the appearance of large amount of bugs and worms where the were none, etc. Soon various members of the group fall victim to the power of what is in the cylinder, and become pawns in a desperate struggle for the very soul of humanity.
I did enjoy this film much and all the little, well thought out, elements that enhanced the story, focusing on the characters just enough to allow the audience to develop empathy for them, but not getting bogged down.
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One of the reasons why I admire John Carpenter so much is that he never exemplifies himself. He doesn't overdo a film. He simply places his camera in a way that he believes will best move along the narrative. He is the anti-Michael Bay. Instead of trying to wow us with remarkably complex editing or camera moves that defy the laws of physics, Carpenter sticks to a very straightforward way of storytelling, using the natural wide scope of the human eye to give us what is always wonderful visual style. This is one of the reasons why "Prince of Darkness" works so well. Carpenter understands the material he has crafted, but he knows that his characters do not, so he keeps them, and us, in suspense, letting the web of what unfolds draw us in, and eventually he unleashes the spider.
There is an evil within a church. A secret that has been kept for thousands of years. Guarded by a mysterious section of the church, operating independent and even above the control of the Vatican, a monolithic vial of green liquid whirlpools beneath the streets. Encased within it are what remains of the spiritual presence of Lucifer, son of the anti-God. The Brotherhood of Sleep, as they were called, due to a mysterious dream that everyone within the building had, kept the secret for as long as they could. Now, in the months approaching where we enter "Prince of Darkness," the liquid has been gaining strength, organizing itself into a conscious entity. A team of scientists from a university, under the direction of their professor, are called upon by a priest (Donald Pleasance) to prove scientifically a series of equations written down by Christ himself.
This is the basis for what becomes a claustrophobic ride of paranormal occurrences.
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Thanks in large part to the frenetic efforts of John Carpenter, the horror film medium flourished anew in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Few fans of the genre need a reminder that Carpenter directed the classic "Halloween," an independent film that went on to great success and eternal status as a cult classic. While the tale about the merciless Michael Myers certainly didn't invent the slasher film (look back to Mario Bava's classic "Twitch of the Death Nerve" to see an earlier effort), it influenced many others to carry the torch in the following years. Carpenter's recent films just don't compare with his early fright fests. That's a darn shame, but for horror aficionados, watching the troika of "Halloween," "The Fog," and "The Thing" will always deeply satisfy. I suspect the last truly effective film Carpenter directed was "Prince of Darkness" in 1987. When I first watched this film shortly after it came out, I didn't enjoy it, but a recent viewing swept away all of my prior distastes for the film. I don't know why my thoughts about this movie have changed, but I now consider it a phenomenal effort easily comparable to this director's early work.
Something of unfathomable evil resides in the basement of a decrepit church in downtown Los Angeles, an object of such vast terrors that the mere thought of its existence makes one's flesh crawl and soul shudder. For Father Loomis (Donald Pleasence), the secrets of this object suddenly intrude on his consciousness when the last member of an enigmatic secret society called the Brotherhood of Sleep dies. Loomis finds the man's diary and learns part of the truth concerning this object.
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