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Prince of Darkness

Horror movie directed by John Carpenter

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The Second chapter of the Apocalyptic Trilogy.

  • May 10, 2009
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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 jar. A priest is concerned about what dwells inside the goo and knows that there's a certain mind link between those that were chosen.
What is inside the metal and glass container? The scientists' equipment starts to blink out. A lot of strange mathematical equations begin to come from the jar. The priest knows whats inside but nobody will believe him. Outside the homeless are starting gather around the church. This mindless bunch of schizos are the type of vermin that evil attracts. What's ever inside the jar is drawing all sorts of attention. But we know one thing. It's going to be a long night for those inside the church.
An hour after sunset, the entity in the container breaks free. The evil being inside has broken the seal and his using it's power to possess people. It's wants to release it's hellish father from limbo. A few people try to leave the church. But they're greeted by a mob of psycho-bums led by Alice Cooper. He impales an unlucky dude with his bicycle. Those who stay will either die a nasty death or they'll join the legion of the undead. Whenever they try to sleep during this ordeal, they receive a message from the Brotherhood of Sleep warning them about the end-of-the-world from a demonic anti-Christ near the turn-of-the-century. The survivors inside the church have no choice but to destroy the evil entity before it brings hell on earth!
A handful of survivors fight their way until day break. The leader of the possessed inside the church wants to break it's "father" out of limbo. It needs a mirror to create a portal to the "Other Side". The entity finds a perfect doorway. But before they could bring this nasty creature from limbo, one of the survivors sacrifices herself to stop this being from ever seeing the light of day. Before the woman could be pulled out of limbo from certain damnation, the priest destroys the mirror, leaving her trapped on the "far side" forever. Earth has been saved from a Apocalyptic nightmare. No one outside the church will ever know. The bums leave, no longer under the "Dark Master's' spell.
Days later, the boyfriend of the woman who was left behind in limbo starts to have the same dream from the "Brotherhood of Sleep", this time an anti-Christ demonic figure can be seen emerging from the ruins, it's HER. The lonely dude looks into his own bathroom mirror and ponders about reaching into it....
Another dark classic from John Carpenter. It's more of a psychological horror then a straight out gore fest. There's nothing cooler than a interesting psychological thriller. The final part of the Trilogy of the Apocalypse was made eight years later in the H.P. Lovecraft influenced IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS

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Quick Tip by . March 30, 2013
posted in Movie Hype
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 . November 14, 2008
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 …
review by . February 22, 2009
Over his long career, John Carpenter made a few classic movies and a pretty fair amount of junk. Classics include HALLOWEEN, THE THING and to some, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK and most questionably BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA. Junk includes THE FOG, CHRISTINE, THEY LIVE, GHOSTS OF MARS, etc. (ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 is its own peculiar little gem...not sure I can label it a classic.) The other day, I decided to take a LONG overdue 2nd (or perhaps 3rd) look at the John Carpenter film that originally gave …
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
1987

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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