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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
new interviews, commentaries, still galleries and more --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.
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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.
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!
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First off the plot which at first I thought would be stupid is much better than you think. The Canister has been holding Satan for eons and Satan has a father who's been cursed to a dark side. Jesus also isn't who we all thought he was but I won't ruin that for you. It's one of those anti-Church movies that basically says everything we've believed has been a lie put on us by the Church to make human beings still feel themselves to be the center of the universe. Maybe anti-Church is a bit strong but that's a premise that's been used before. Even though I'm a practicing Catholic I really enjoy these types of movies because for some reason I find them fascinating.
While the acting at times seems to leave something to be desired, especially the start, it seems to improve the deeper you get into the movie. The movie does take a while to get going but once bodies start getting taken over by Satan it really gets terrifying. I wasn't sure if this if this one would get me jumping off my couch but holy crap there were some freaky parts. The ending even leaves you stunned.
I'm not quick to give anything 5 stars but this one deserves it. I don't get scared easily and have been mad when many horrors movies I rented didn't even give me a scare. I watched this one during the day and it was still terrifying. So I would recommend you at least give this one a look at your local video store and you won't be disappointed.
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I love this movie............if you are into the "retro" style with a few zombies thrown in for good measure then this is the movie for you. Read morePublished 16 days ago by GoneNuts
Excellent movie, even better on Blu-ray. Great special features.Published 1 month ago by Angela Unger
The transfer quality is a 5/5! I don't think Prince of Darkness has ever looked or sounded this good before. Read morePublished 11 months ago by mumbles
To me a classic movie with a great blu ray transfer by the scream factory.Published 11 months ago by Seb
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 17 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 19 months ago by Dogbury