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Prince of Darkness

Horror movie directed by John Carpenter

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Some secrets aren't meant to be tampered with

  • Oct 6, 2008
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 the real world, threatening everyone's sanity.

When professor Birack, a theoretical physicist, takes his students for a weekend of exploring in an abandoned church, he doesn't want to tell them what is going on, instead they slowly discover that their faith in science and existence is going for a ride and some are not coming back. This happens because a priest guarding a heavy secret dies leaving behind a tiny box with a key. It's eventually found by Father Loomis who confides in Birack and asks for his help and discretion. When the whole gang finally gathers in the basement of the church they discover a room filled with candles and crosses, with a dark, dirty looking vial housing a shimmering mucky green fluid, spinning inside like a mini tornado. They know that something wicked and sinister is going on, they can feel how cold and unfriendly the room is and soon they start to find out what exactly is in the tank. Outside the church night falls and quietly the homeless people gather around all the entrances and exits, worms and bugs spill out of their clothes and they stand guard outside the church, a silent vigil that no one notices for a while. Slowly people start to disappear and that's when the fun starts and the contents of the tank are slowly revealed.

Overall this wasn't a bad movie, even though half way through I was thinking how weird some of it was, perhaps switching back from science talk to religion was little much to take, this is a movie that one has to watch on high alert because there is a lot that can be missed, not that it matters in the end but it was confusing and after I read some of the reviews here I had more of a sense of what was really going on. There is some gore and grossness, zombie like behavior and a feeling of unease until the ending appears on the horizon, the end was definitely the best part, I think it saved the movie from being totally bad. It's a watchable flick but not something I would watch twice, I think I laughed at a scene of two and it's always nice to find a joke in a horror movie.

- Kasia S.

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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 …
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Prince Of Darkness
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 …
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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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