Prince of Darkness R

Prince of Darkness
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 42 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: October 7, 2003
  • Originally Released: 1987
  • Label: Universal Studios
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Surround - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
  • Interactive Features:
    • Scene Access
    • Interactive Menus

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Edited by
Screenwriting by
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Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"I've got a message for you, and you're not going to like it: Pray for death."
  - Wyndham (Robert Grasmere), as he is devoured by a swarm of bugs

Entertainment Reviews:

Rotten58%

TOMATOMETER
Total Count: 36

Upright60%

AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 13,871
''Prince of Darkness'' is a real tour de force, and a welcome return. Full Review
Chicago Tribune
Oct 4, 2018
It all feels so small and inconsequential; words that definitely should not apply to a film seemingly about the End of the World. Full Review
Battleship Pretension
Oct 4, 2018
Expect the unexpected from Prince of Darkness. Full Review
Backseat Mafia
Nov 22, 2018
The claustrophobic terror generated by fluid camerawork and striking angles is reinforced by a narrative which builds slowly but surely towards a heart-racing climax. Full Review
Time Out
Jun 24, 2006
Rating: 4/5 -- Close to a decade's experience in horror pays off, with Carpenter working the audience with jump-scares and revolting demises like an old pro. Full Review
Guardian
Oct 25, 2018
Carpenter spends so much time turning the screws on the next scare that he completely forsakes his actors, who are already stranded with a shoddy script. Full Review
Variety
Mar 26, 2009
Rating: 6/10 -- All in all, Prince of Darkness isn't in the top echelon of Carpenter films, but it's still a taut, terrifying affair anchored by a tour de force performance from Donald Pleasence. Full Review
Starburst
Nov 26, 2018

Product Description:

Director John Carpenter creates a film that is genuinely scary with PRINCE OF DARKNESS. Graduate students are confronted with pure evil when they go to study a container of strange ooze discovered in the basement of an abandoned church. The ooze is released and all hell, quite literally, breaks loose within the church. Some of the students are turned into skinless zombies while others receive warnings from the future sent in the form of hazy dreams. The warnings tell of the rise of Satan and the ensuing destruction of humanity. The students must stop the evil from being released, even at the cost of their lives and souls. Carpenter pulls together a solid ensemble cast and builds a heavy mood of impending doom around them. There are many truly terrifying moments, with the climax of the film being one of the most visually brilliant and disturbing in the horror genre. Rock star Alice Cooper provides a fun cameo appearance as a minion of Satan. PRINCE OF DARKNESS was the first production in a three-film deal Carpenter signed with a small Hollywood studio in the 1980s and is one of the great films of the director's canon. The other two films in that deal were THEY LIVE and MEMOIRS OF AN INVISIBLE MAN.

Plot Synopsis:

When a group of students and scientists discover an ancient cannister of liquid in an abandoned church, the liquid tranforms them into zombies controlled by Satan.

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Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: October 23, 1987.
  • Donald Pleasence plays a character named Father Loomis in PRINCE OF DARKNESS. In HALLOWEEN he played a character named Sam Loomis.
  • The writing credit for the film goes to Martin Quatermass, which is actually John Carpenter using the name of the hero-scientist from the 1960s Quatermass films.
  • Rock legend Alice Cooper makes a brief appearance in the film as a zombie-vagrant who impales a hapless victim with the frame of a bicycle.

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