Before man walked the earth...it slept for centuries. It is evil. It is real. It is awakening.
A research team finds a mysterious cylinder in a deserted church. If opened, it could mean the end of the world.
A research team finds a mysterious cylinder in a deserted church. If opened, it could mean the end of the world.
El señor del mal, Príncipe das Sombras, John Carpenter's Prince of Darkness
This is a god dream. This is everything.
Did anyone else watch the interview with John Carpenter on the Scream Factory blu-ray of Prince of Darkness? If so, did he get teary eyed at the end of the interview after saying how heartwarming and comforting it is [especially in old age] that people still love his films and want interviews with him for releases all of these years later?!?! I knew it! He's a big softy with a tough exterior, just like me!
I seriously love this guy, I know it seems a bit ridiculous to say that because he's a director who I don't know personally, but from his interviews, actions, films, everything, I feel like I get a pretty good sense of what he's like and…
Finally, John Carpenter’s most underrated and atmospheric film is now available in high-definition. The long and patient wait for a Blu-Ray release was worth it as not only is The Scream Factory’s release excellent but the film is as wonderfully creepy as it ever has been.
Prince of Darkness is Carpenter’s unjustly forgotten minor-classic. Produced in-between the delightfully batty duo of Big Trouble in Little China and They Live, this moody horror film is closer in style to his earlier attention-grabbing genre hits. Only now beginning to receive the attention it deserves, this eerie throwback (a strange amalgamation of Carpenter’s own cinematic obsessions) is a wonderful blend of horror and science-fiction as religion and science come together to repel the…
John Carpenter's Ultimate Achievement. Contains an intellectual affect of Halloween's abstraction of Evil, an interior distortion of the exterior sieges in Assault on Precinct 13, The Thing, and Ghosts of Mars, and an unquantifiable visual model for the broken parameters surrounding our existence. In Prince of Darkness, The Shape is not just omnipresent and conscious like he is in Haddonfield, donning a white mask, but ancient and rooted in the unknown reality of the world, swirling and cascading against the physical structures in which it easily surmounts. What we fear and what we question - mirrors, sex, death, the emotional discontinuity of our bodies in relation to each other, the possibility of life beyond - is effortlessly conquered by…
I've seen Prince of Darkness before but last night is the first time I really felt it. The sense of true dread and heaviness that these scholars can't fully measure. It's safe to say that the collective SOV dream they all have from 1999 is the scariest thing to ever be filmed, and I physically respond to it everytime. I'm actually watching a transmission from the apocalypse, but it's worse than the "apocalypse". Apocalypse is just a word and it can't begin to describe what reality is like under the Anti-God. An eternal dark age, magnetic buzzing that you can feel in your head. A real, physical, gravitational discomfort. I imagine that in this reflection of reality our bodies don't…
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Whenever I hear the synth-heavy compositions of Carpenter it always feels like meeting an old friend. One you, more often than not, get along with really well.
Prince of Darkness is an odd beast of a horror film and, after this rewatch with a gap of some 15 years preceding it, one I can easily rank among Carpenter's best. This film's scope is a lot bigger than I'm used to from him and it actually has a very clever script, deftly touching upon some quasi philosophical issues without getting heavy handed or making an ass out of itself.
In a film that expertly uses the tropes of both the slasher and the zombie genre, Carpenter pits science versus religion, but…
The culmination of Carpenter's career-long vision. A cumulative, far-reaching statement on horror, nothing less than one of the genre's major works, etc., etc.
Simon without the Major. Dr. Loomis in a robe. Some of Jack's friends. That damn x-ray tech. What's her name again? Alice Cooper and his bicycle. The beautiful Lisa Blount (R.I.P.). One of the Horror Master's best and by far underrated films. Another reason why Carpenter is king.
divine revelation is inscribed in unicode; angels speak through the language of differential equations. prophetic nightmares are recorded in shaky videotape and disseminated through disbelieved dreams. Carpenter unearths the sublime gothic excess beneath the stultifying beige of urban sprawl, and, in doing so, reveals the secret evil kept in the flesh of men. insects work away at the edges of the world, tiny extant forms of decay amassing into something terrifying and cataclysmic. a man is nothing more than a pile of cockroaches in a suit, and even that collapses as if it were nothing. a virgin birth occurs where there is no virgin and where nothing is born. he plays (in an almost Lynchian fashion) with mirror images and…
I'm shaking! I was shrieking! This movie is perfection!!!
The way the editing rhythms so perfectly capture the feeling of dreaming, with symbols and characters drifting in and out of focus without being grounded or established, just free-floating elements that are impossible to plant your feet in. Or how shocking the imagery of the final act is (the mirror world!!!) Or the fucking dream sequences that look like shitty VHS tapes! That's Esther! That's Esther Movie!!!!!!!!!!! I'm glowing with joy. Incredible movie. Outstanding. Ten million stars.
On the Scream Factory blu release it is mentioned that John Carpenter first met Alice Cooper at Wrestlemania III.
I just thought y'all would like to know.
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Carpenter has a certain touch to horror that is specific to him and while often imitated has yet been matched. Many good ideas here. Has an identity that is its own in the horror space. Fascinating construction, bending the reality of our spaces into dreams and nightmares. Rewarding watch and was just the ticket for a date night.
I’m selecting Donald Pleasence first every time in a horror character actor draft. He is the hero of this movie, and I’ll always argue, the main character of Halloween.
The opening credits didn't pull me in right away but oh god did this film pull me in more and more and more until I wish I wasn't alone in my apartment.
The score, the MAKEUP, and atmosphere of dread is insanely glorious!
Ok, I also love how Carpenter balances SCIENCE & RELIGION. It amps the creepiness and horror of the movie, and honestly the ending so chilling.
Carpenter you wonderful Being.
Well, this is a lot more misogynistic than I remember. Our hero is introduced to us stalking a young woman, and when he finally catches up with her, he proudly declares himself a sexist and then gaslights her when she doesn't respond receptively. Do you want to know why more women don't join the physics department, Brian? Because of incel chuds like you.
There are also countless, snide, humourless homophobic and racist jokes peppered throughout, presumably to add levity. The frequent othering of homeless people, and the mentally ill, is also extremely troubling. I get it, it was another time, but I expect better from Carpenter. Perhaps I shouldn't?
The film itself is weighed down by exposition, and clumsy attempts…
De verdad que me encanta esto. Carpenter finísimo hilando su mala leche para con la humanidad, la religión, lo científico, la magia negra, lo solemne y lo putrefacto. También el Carpenter más italiano, sabiendo ser más Argento que el propio Argento. Es una sci-fy donde la idea de por sí es potentísima y la traslada con gusto exquisito y con fervor. La adoro.
I keep forgetting how not good this movie is. Oh well
"“The hardest thing to hear... for any of us... is something we don't agree with.”
John Carpenter shows once again how to work with music. Just like "The Thing" or "Halloween", "Prince of Darkness" has its own unique and unforgettable sound. Which works perfectly to build up the tension and a dark, threatening atmosphere.
The story offers a lot of neat ideas. Especially the cooperation between science and religion.
But sadly the movie has some pacing problems where it doesn't seem to know in what direction it wants to go.
The final confrontation is also a little underwhelming, especially considering who the antagonist is.
But overall still a great atmospheric 80s horror film.
I thought I had seen this, but I must have been thinking of another movie. Definitely not in the same league as "The Thing" or "Halloween," but still has a lot of atmosphere, decent acting, and a good creepy plot that wasn't exploited to the extent it should have been. It falls into the very 80's trope of people doing things that no rational person would do, not noticing obvious signs that something was very wrong, wandering off alone, etc., but it has some pretty cool, if predictable, moments, a pretty effective score (by Carpenter, of course) and Alice Cooper as one of the Devil's minions. I guess I'd rank this alongside, but slightly better than "In the Mouth of Madness," as a movie with a good premise, but only sporadically effective realization.
Es tristísimo como hoy en día compañías como Netflix tienen que salir a los gritos a contarte que hicieron una película inclusiva y feminista, como si buscasen nuestra avalación y empatía forzadamente. Lo mismo con el pelotudo de Guadagnino, que lo único que dijo de Suspiria era que era una película feminista. Carpenter acá no solo te mete todo eso que tanto recalcan los entes que mencioné arriba, sino que jamás cae en obviedades ni alegorías. Y encima para la época en la que la hizo, hay que tener los huevos gigantes.
Ahora un poco sobre la peli, que la iglesia en la cual el mal está escondido se llame Saint Godard me parece una genialidad. No se si es…
Look, guys. Jesus was an alien who came from space to warn us about Satan, a primordial goo of transdimensional energy trapped in a lava lamp in a Catholic church basement for 2 million years. I know that's a lot to take in so take a minute if you need to. I'll be right here.
Putting aside how completely fucking bonkers this film is it works in large part for the way most of Carpenter's films work. He's great at building tension and the growing nightmare of horror from people trapped in its path. And like the other two installments of Carpenter's Apocalypse Trilogy it falls on a bunch of totally ill prepared people who just happen to figure out…
Esse filme do Carpenter tem, na minha opinião, uma das melhores trilhas sonoras entre as produções do diretor. É muito interessante o que ele faz aqui, unindo ciência e religião de forma intrigante, construindo uma mitologia aos poucos, nos fazendo descobrir enquanto os personagens fazem o mesmo, aumentando a tensão e a expectativa para o final. É mais interessante ainda uma citação feita pelo professor Birack, vivido por Victor Wong, em que ele diz:
No nível subatômico há fantasmas e sombras.
Mais a frente, é mencionado “a essência” e as “trevas do coração humano”, sendo ambas algo do “nível subatômico” da consciência humana. O homem e seus maiores monstros vivem internamente. Toda a sequência final, desde o momento do primeiro espelho (que, aliás, abre margem para interpretações semióticas) ao corte final é Carpenter da melhor qualidade.
Not Carpenter's best work.
Atmosphere, cinematography and score are as great as usual, but the setup just takes way too long, although the (unfortunately short) resolution is pretty good.
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