One of my favourite directors of all time is the great John Carpenter, the man responsible for the brilliant yet criminally underrated H.P. Lovecraft home, In The Mouth Of Madness. It’s a very cool, end of the world film that asks the question, what is reality? Carpenter is a master of horror filmmaking, so it pains me slightly that I still haven’t seen everything the man has done. Case in point – Prince Of Darkness, which our friends at Scream Factory recently re-released on gorgeous Blu-ray, and which I only finally caught up on. Check out the trailer below and then get my take on this Carpenter classic after the jump!
In case you’re like me and for some reason haven’t seen Prince of Darkness yet, the plot is reasonably simple. A giant cylinder is discovered beneath a church containing a swirling, green liquid. It’s quickly discovered that the liquid is actually an embodiment of the Anti-Christ, who is attempting to get out of its prison to bring about the Anti-God, to bring about the end of days.
In Prince of Darkness, Carpenter does a fairly solid job of combining religion and science in its explanation of the evil that is looking to be unleashed. There are a few moments where the movie gets a bit too talky and confusing, but major points for working on a unique storyline, rather than just having the Devil and Anti-Christ be simple, conventional figures.
The performances in the film are all decent, from Carpenter favourite Donald Pleasence to Simon and Simon’s Jameson Parker. It was also very cool to see the one and only Alice Cooper onscreen as a badass and creepy homeless zombie, one of many keeping the science students trapped in the church.
Prince of Darkness is considered the middle chapter of John Carpenter’s Apocalypse Trilogy, which began with The Thing and concluded with In The Mouth of Madness. While it’s not the perfect horror film of the former, and while it doesn’t possess the Lovecraftian themes of the latter, the movie is still essential viewing for all Carpenter and horror fans, simply because the director is one of the best at what he does.
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