Prince of Darkness

Prince of Darkness

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Director: John Carpenter

Cast: Donald Pleasence, Jameson Parker, Victor Wong

     
 

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Proving that you can never guess what you'll find when you clean out the basement, a man of the cloth discovers that ultimate evil has made a hiding place in his cellar in this tale of terror. Father Loomis (Donald Pleasance) is a priest who discovers a strange object in a church basement -- a canister filled with a swirling and volatile green substance. With the help… See more details below

Overview

Proving that you can never guess what you'll find when you clean out the basement, a man of the cloth discovers that ultimate evil has made a hiding place in his cellar in this tale of terror. Father Loomis (Donald Pleasance) is a priest who discovers a strange object in a church basement -- a canister filled with a swirling and volatile green substance. With the help of Professor Birack (Victor Wong), Loomis discovers the startling truth about his find -- it seems that Satan, who is actually an alien life form, had a son, and the essence of the devil's spawn is trapped inside the canister. The evil spirit has been guarded by a group calling themselves "The Brotherhood of Sleep," but the spirit has the ability to free itself whenever it decides the time is right...and it seems that time is just around the corner. Prince of Darkness was directed by horror master John Carpenter; he also wrote the screenplay under the pseudonym Martin Quatermass.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
The middle film in John Carpenter's loose 'apocalypse trilogy' (in between The Thing and In the Mouth of Madness), Prince of Darkness is a sustained mood piece that puts the viewer at the doorstep of a coming apocalypse. Taking place in basically one location - a dilapidated church in the middle of LA, the director follows up the giddy charm of Big Trouble in Little China with a picture packed with an overwhelming sense of dread. It's a hard film to pin down, as it melds scientific and religious riddles along with pseudo-zombie/possession themes. Some have claimed the central conceit of anti-matter leading to the devil to be goofy, but the film hardly ever breaks a smile. Indeed, the film was not well received at the box office, yet there remain little doubts about it within the cadre of Carpenter aficionados. The aural pulse of the soundtrack (once again supplied by the director) cues the viewer into the graveness of the story, which takes its time until the end when all hell breaks loose for the human survivors. Filled with disturbing imagery - and Alice Cooper as a homeless zombie - Prince of Darkness is not for a casual viewer, but for ones who will take delight in visual nods to Dario Argento, along with the pleasure of seeing such a classic Carpenter ensemble (the likes of Donald Pleasance, Victor Wong, Dennis Dun, and Peter Jason) at work in this no-hope playground of horror.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/24/2013
UPC:
0826663142990
Original Release:
1987
Rating:
R
Source:
Shout Factory
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen, Color]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:42:00
Sales rank:
27,780

Special Features

Audio commentary with director John Carpenter; New interviews with director John Carpenter and Alice Cooper; Theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Donald Pleasence Priest
Jameson Parker Brian
Victor Wong Professor Birack
Lisa Blount Catherine
Dennis Dun Walter
Susan Blanchard Kelly
Anne Howard Susan
Ann Yen Lisa, Language Expert
Ken Wright Lomax
Dirk Blocker Mullins
Jesse Lawrence Ferguson Calder
Peter Jason Dr. Leahy
Alice Cooper Street Schizo
Robert Grasmere Wyndham
Thom Bray Etchinson
Joanna Merlin Bag Lady

Technical Credits
John Carpenter Director,Score Composer,Screenwriter
Andre Blay Executive Producer
Linda Francis Casting
Larry Franco Asst. Director,Producer
Rick T. Gentz Set Decoration/Design
Shep Gordon Executive Producer
Alan Howarth Score Composer
David J. Hudson Sound/Sound Designer
Jeff Imada Stunts
Gary B. Kibbe Cinematographer
John Loggia Production Designer
Daniel Lomino Production Designer
Mel Metcalfe Sound/Sound Designer
Steve Mirkovich Editor
Terry Porter Sound/Sound Designer
Martin Quatermass Screenwriter
Mario Roberts Stunts

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Prince of Darkness
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13

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