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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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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!
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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The transfer quality is a 5/5! I don't think Prince of Darkness has ever looked or sounded this good before. Read morePublished 8 months ago by mumbles
To me a classic movie with a great blu ray transfer by the scream factory.Published 8 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 15 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 16 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.