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4.0 out of 5 stars Carpenter's Scariest Movie
John Carpenter is one of my favourite directors, but he hasn't directed anything as creepy as this movie.

Almost the whole film is shot in a disused church, which claims to be holding the son of Satan, or Satan himself.
One by one research students are being possessed.

This is a very effective chilling film with a famailar score from...
Published on 27 Aug. 2012 by Colonel Decker

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3.0 out of 5 stars Quantum Physics,, Zombies & Anti-God: All in Widescreen!
This underrated film is far from perfect, but the concepts are sufficiently ambitious to allow you to forgive their rather garbled presentation. Carpenter's script (attributed, in a nod to Nigel Kneale, to 'Martin Quatermass') is never very clear about exactly what is going on and why, and neither is his accompanying commentary track. The film uses what sounds like a...
Published on 1 Feb. 2003 by J. L. Probert


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3.0 out of 5 stars Quantum Physics,, Zombies & Anti-God: All in Widescreen!, 1 Feb. 2003
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This review is from: Prince Of Darkness [DVD] [1988] (DVD)
This underrated film is far from perfect, but the concepts are sufficiently ambitious to allow you to forgive their rather garbled presentation. Carpenter's script (attributed, in a nod to Nigel Kneale, to 'Martin Quatermass') is never very clear about exactly what is going on and why, and neither is his accompanying commentary track. The film uses what sounds like a rudimentary grasp of quantum physics (but then I wouldn't know) to explain the existence of Anti-God, whose son is trapped in a container secreted in the bowels of a crumbling Los Angeles church. Only now he's trying to escape so that he can bring his father from his anti-matter universe into our own by using mirrors as a portal. Trying to combine science and the history of religion in this way was never going to be easy, and Carpenter deserves some credit for trying to deal with several complex concepts within the context of what is, essentially, a low-budget siege movie. This film continues to divide the fans, but as the DVD Delirium Guide puts it, this is one of those few horror films that actually becomes scarier the more you think about it.
The Momentum Pictures DVD is the best version available of this film to date. The widescreen transfer is excellent, allowing you to fully appreciate the skill of Carpenter's compositions. This disc also improves over the old Image disc by including a commentary track by Carpenter & actor Peter Jason which, while not illuminating, is probably worth listening to once.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Carpenter's Scariest Movie, 27 Aug. 2012
John Carpenter is one of my favourite directors, but he hasn't directed anything as creepy as this movie.

Almost the whole film is shot in a disused church, which claims to be holding the son of Satan, or Satan himself.
One by one research students are being possessed.

This is a very effective chilling film with a famailar score from Carpenter.
There are genuine unsettling moments, great character building and a few jump scenes.

An excellent old fashioned scary movie. Don't watch alone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Horror Film, 22 Mar. 2014
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This review is from: Prince Of Darkness [DVD] [1988] (DVD)
Dvd Info.
Region 2, Running time 97 minutes approx.

1)Donald Pleasence character is named Father Loomis could there be a connection here with Doctor Sam Loomis who was played by Donald Pleasence in Halloween which was also directed by John Carpenter?
2)Alice Cooper cameos as a homeless person in the crowd surrounding the church, I guess school's out for summer.
3)Screenwriter Martin Quatermass is a pseudonym for John Carpenter who is paying homage to the Quatermass films here.
4)This film was shot in just 30 day's.

Synopsis.
A team of researchers find a mysterious canister in an old church, If this canister is opened the Green liquid inside will cause humans to turn into rampaging zombies & bring about the resurrection of Satan.

The Green liquid contains the essence of Satan's remains & he will bring about his father's return an Anti God who will be unleashed on earth bringing about the apocalypse & the end of day's.

Timelord Thoughts.
This is another cult horror film I seen with my cousin in the late 80's, I remember watching this film in the dark on a friday night just me & my cousin & not ushering a word as we were both too terrified to speak.

This is another John Carpenter classic horror film that delivers a simple but intriguing plot about the unearthing of a strange canister as a fight for survival ensures against dark forces & attacks from possessed zombies.

John Carpenter's films have a way of making the viewer feel uneasy as Carpenter slowly builds up the suspense here, This film also benefits from a brilliant performance by the legendary late Donald Pleasence as Father Loomis who may know more about the strange event's going on here.

This is a underrated classic that's been overlooked by Carpenter's other movie's & is well worth a watch if your a fan of John Carpenter films or suspenseful horror films.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic presentation on Blu-Ray., 7 Oct. 2013
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*******THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE SCREAM FACTORY BLU-RAY!!!**********

John Carpenter's Prince of Darkness is a slow-burning gem of a movie where a group of physics students go to an old derelict church in down town LA at the behest of an unnamed priest to investigate a mysterious canister of green goo that has been kept secret by the church for 2000 years. Soon the students face a desperate race against time to stop an ancient evil from awakening and destroying mankind.

Prince of darkness was written by John Carpenter using the pseudonym Martin Quatermass. This is a pointed reference to the character created by Knigel kneale for British TV and cinema. It also gives a strong hint for those familiar with the character and the stories an idea of how Carpenter is going to approach the material. Perhaps the most famous of the Quatermass tales was Quatermass and the Pit that took the irrational superstitions and folklore of Britain and added modern scientific plausibility. Carpenter takes the same approach with Prince, offering outlandish but well thought through ideas for Judaeo-christian folklore surrounding the oldest of evils, The Devil.

Like a lot of people, I discovered Prince of Darkness on home video in the late eighties. The film was poorly reviewed on release in the states and dropped out of theaters fairly quickly. Fortunately thanks to the huge market for horror on home video the film found it's second wind and has built up a solid fan base who really appreciate this hugely underrated effort from Carpenter. It boasts one of his more impressive scores, plenty of great actors and a wonderful location. Most importantly it has a great script that deals with its ideas intelligently and philosophically. Carpenter builds the film up brilliantly rather than jumping in with the scares too early. The film carefully generates a sense of dread with its audience, slowly revealing more about the evil underneath the church so that by the time things do kick off, the audience is really rooting for the protagonists to succeed. It's a rare, intelligent horror film that deserves the appreciation from fans it has gained over the years and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Scream Factory's disc is region locked. A real shame as there is no sign yet of either this, The Fog or They Live coming out in the UK on HD anytime soon. If however your lucky enough to have scored a multi-region capable player then this is another worthy purchase for fans and newcomers alike. The transfer is superb and people who were impressed with the wonderful job done on THE FOG should be equally impressed by this excellent transfer. Extras wise we get the commentary from the earlier UK release. We get interviews from both John Carpenter and Alice Cooper as well as the co-composer of the score. There's another interesting Horrors hallowed grounds and an easter egg of a Q&A session with Carpenter at a 25th anniversary screening.

All in all its a great package for fans, if your a newcomer and you can play region A discs I would urge you to pick this up as well. If you can't then I would urge you to source the film from the decent UK release or pester Arrow on Facebook to pick this up for a UK release.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Carpenter's best films., 9 Dec. 2013
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Coming in between "The Thing" and "In the Mouth of Madness" as John Carpenter's Apocalypse Trilogy, Prince of Darkness represents Carpenter's most thoughtful horror film, with creepy and interesting ideas to spare, shocking philosophically and viscerally in equal doses. The plot has it's own joys and if you're avoiding it because you dislike religious-based horror or expect an Exorcist knock-off, you have got it all wrong. This is science-fiction/religious horror and it bears little resemblance to the Judeo-Christian myth. Enough about that - you must see it.

This Scream Factory disc includes amazing picture and sound (this score begged for 5.1 surround sound), the same John Carpenter/Peter Jason commentary (fairly average for Carpenter's tracks, which means it's a solid 3/5) that's on the UK Studio Canal DVD (missing the opening remark about the "Studio Canal Plus logo" which is irrelevant as said logo is replaced by the original Universal logo here), a good solid interview with Mr Carpenter, another with a effects guy who also acted in the film, another with Alice Cooper (who acts here and recorded a song for it, briefly heard in the film), one with Alan Howarth (who collaberated on most of John Carpenter's scores between Halloween II/The Fog to They Live), the trailer and radio spots, the alternate opening sequenced edited for American TV which hilariously speeds up the footage to fit it between commercial breaks and attempts to tone down severely anything that might be construed as anti-religious. There's also the customary "Horror's Hallowed Grounds", which is funnier than usual (I still kind of find the host annoying, but these are really fun features) and an easter egg from the 25th anniversary screening of the film which features some of Carp's funniest answers to questions.

This is THE version of the film to own. I find it VERY unlikely it will be topped by anyone for years and years to come.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Carpenter Becomes Quatermass, 12 Jan. 2012
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This review is from: Prince Of Darkness [DVD] [1988] (DVD)
John Carpenter (whose output includes some of my very favourite films) - with a nod to the Quatermass stories by writing the script under the pseudonym of "Martin Quatermass" - heads into quantum physics territory with "Prince Of Darkness".

A group of scientists studying the nature of quantum physics are roped into a scientific weekend project in a local church; they're not told what it's about, just to pack their bags and go, which pretty much mirrors the viewer's instructions too.

As the film ploughs on, it breathlessly invokes quantum physics via antimatter theories to a chalkboard mathematical equation for pure evil that results in local homeless people turning into zombies along with some of the scientists (except for some reason the one who turns into cockroaches instead.)

In an often incoherent and fast-moving jumble of ideas - occasionally leaving the viewer with a sense of bewilderment - it emerges that via quantum physics, antimatter can create an entity of pure evil which can be summoned through the use of mirrors, and that time is now running out to prevent its manifestation.

To get the best enjoyment out of this film, one's brain needs to be left well and truly outside the door, (and preferably locked in a lead safe) while the rest of you enjoys silent shuffling zombies haunting side streets, expected levels of gore and violence, a demon made from antimatter, and enough bad science to give Ben Goldacre a seizure.

Good fun, actually creepy in places, and eminently watchable silliness.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Carpenter's 'forgotten' masterpiece, 26 Jun. 2011
This review is from: Prince Of Darkness [DVD] [1988] (DVD)
Okay, maybe 'masterpiece' is an exaggeration - Prince Of Darkness has a fair few rough edges, one or two questionable performances and a slightly daft semi-central premise that would stop it from ever seriously being considered as such. But for me, as someone who can even find some good in Carpenter's clunkers (except Village Of The Damned, obviously), this deserves to be considered as arguably as his best film alongside those titles like Halloween, The Thing and Assault On Precinct 13 which are normally considered in such discussions.

He creates an unnerving atmosphere right from the very start that threatens to be derailed when you see that some canisters of green slime are supposed to be the horrific centre of this film. But they almost end up being beside the point once it really gets started, and it achieves a level of creepiness that very few films have ever managed for me. Throw in the obligatory Carpenter open-ended climax, and this deserves the reappraisal it seems to have received in recent years.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Carpenter gold, 15 Sept. 2005
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This review is from: Prince Of Darkness [DVD] [1988] (DVD)
Not gonna say too much about the plot here since it's better to watch it without any preconceptions as I did, and especially good not to know the ending in advance.
All I'm gonna say is, if you like John Carpenter films like The Fog, Assault on Precinct 13, They Live or The Thing, you'll love this, it's intelligent, fascinating, very scary and has a pretty shocking ending. As with all Carpenter film it gave me the creeps as well. There's also some great concepts and some interesting twists on conventional theology and science.
Very nice DVD too in 2.35:1 widescreen with a commentary by John Carpenter. I always think feature-length commentaries are by far the best extra you can get on a DVD.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Film, Rubbish DVD, 2 Feb. 2003
This review is from: Prince Of Darkness [DVD] [1988] (DVD)
This film is cheesy 80's horror at its best. First, the plot. An elderly priest dies clutching a mysterious box which holds a key. But to what? Another priest (played brilliantly by Donald Pleasance, best known for playing Dr Loomis in the equally good Halloween - also directed by John Carpenter).
They unlock a dark secret. The devil is upon Earth in the form of Green goo.
A professor and his students set out to try and stop the devil from taking over the world.
Watch out for 80's rocker Alice Cooper in a great role as "Schizophrenic 1".
And now for the DVD. There are no extras.
This is also the UK cut version missing over 47 seconds of violence, cut by none other than the BBFC. The bike stabbing scene is shorter, as is the stabbing of one of the students. There has also been some profanity cut from the film.
A great film but a terrible DVD/
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite horror flicks., 31 July 2013
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This and They Live are the best JC films ever (in my opinion, ofcourse).

Wonderfully paced, scored and acted. Shame the FX budget wasn't up to much, but then the creature hardly mattered.

Good DVD quality.
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