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Prince of Darkness

Horror movie directed by John Carpenter

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Have a sip of Green Goo - there, now don't you feel better?,

  • Nov 14, 2008
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The movie begins with an old priest dying as he clutches a strange little box to his chest. Father Loomis (played by Donald Pleasence) takes the key and discovers the two thousand year old secret hidden beneath the church, strange vat that is now beginning to come alive with green goo.

Loomis goes to Professor Howard Birack (played by Victor Wong) who lectures on parapsychology at the local college, and requests that he and his students join him at the church to study the peculiar icon. Birack brings along his students, Brian, Catherine, and Walter (plus expendables) where they meet Loomis at the church, ready to spend the night there with the radiologists and biologists and other specialists Loomis has lured towards their doom.

John Carpenter has filled `Prince Of Darkness' with as much creeping dread as `The Thing', `Into The Mouth Of Madness', and `Assault On Precinct 13'. The tone of his `Doom-Doom' soundtrack makes even a vat of green goo seem very sinister. And sinister it is. After luring Susan to the basement to take a peek at it, she notices that the goo is dripping upwards, just before our friendly vat gives her a taste. Now Susan wants to share the flavor with everyone else.

The goo wants to spread itself around, and Birack discovers that it is sentient and has a purpose. With the homeless people acting as minions to the goo and trapping the Priest and students inside, they must put their heads together and discover not only what the goo wants from them, but what it is trying to achieve through them.

`Prince Of Darkness' is a creepy, suspenseful horror flick, perfect for those nights alone with no one to cuddle except your plush Cthulhu. Donald Pleasence and Victor Wong give excellent performances, and Dennis Dun (playing Walter) has always been one of my favorite character actors. Suspense, rotting people, crazy bums, Alice Cooper, sinister atmosphere, beetles, zombies, stabbings, senseless spoutings of false wisdom, and green goo. What more could a horror fan wish for?

On a personal humor note, see if you do not find yourself wishing that every time Brian (played by Jameson Parker) looks into the mirror, he will catch onto how horridly ridiculous his moustache is and shave that dang thing off! Enjoy the movie!
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January 26, 2009
I detested this movie when I first saw it. I've come to like it a lot more in recent years. Strange how Donald Pleasance always seems to be named Loomis in Carpenter's films.
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Quick Tip by . March 30, 2013
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I saw this movie for free on YouTube back in October of 2010.  Quite frankly, I thought this movie was too cheesy and its characters were really bland, though it does redeem itself a little bit for that "bedside scare" scene near the end, which was pretty creepy.      In John Carpenter's "Trilogy of the Apocalypse," Prince of Darkness is by far the weakest of his efforts.  Stick with the other two movies in this trilogy, The Thing and In the …
review by . May 10, 2009
Prince of Darkness (1987) was another dark and depressing film from John Carpenter. It's also the second part of his unofficial trilogy of Apocalyptic films. A group of scientists, grad students and theologians gather inside an old cathedral. In the basement of the building is a mysterious jar containing some liquefied remains. The people who were choosing for this experiment must stay the night inside the cathedral. A few of the reluctant students don't want to waste their time looking at a giant …
review by . October 06, 2008
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Fans of science and religious horrors will find this to be an interesting combo, one that has been fighting the other for as long as we know. This however is not the source of friction in the movie, here the science takes a huge lead and infuses the movie with eerie sense of reality that some might not feel otherwise, for those who aren't afraid of the devil, this movie will chill them as there is some gross, dark stuff going on that walks a fine line between bizarre and disgusting, seeping into …
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Starring Donald Pleasence, Jameson Parker, Victor Wong, Lisa Blout
Directed by John Carpenter
Writer:  John Carpenter

Product Description
A priest summons a professor to an old church to see a canister of liquid Satan. Studio: Uni Dist Corp. (mca)
DVD Release Date: 10/07/2003
Starring: Donald Pleasence Victor Wong
Run time: 102 minutes
Rating: R
Director: John Carpenter
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Director: John Carpenter
Genre: Horror
Release Date: 23 October 1987
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: John Carpenter
Runtime: 102 Minutes
Studio: Universal Pictures
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