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October Horrors 2017 Day 17 – Prince of Darkness (1987)

Prince of Darkness, 1987.

Directed by John Carpenter.

Starring Donald Pleasance, Victor Wong, Jameson Parker, Lisa Blout, and Dennis Dun.

Synopsis:

A group of university students are recruited by their professor and a local priest to solve the mystery regarding the nature of a large container with a mysterious green fluid within it. Unbeknownst to the students, the fluid is not only a living organism growing at a terrifying rate, but its evil plans could very well spell the end of not just the students, but the end of humanity itself.

John Carpenter is one of the most beloved and well-known directors in horror history, having created several of what many critics and fans consider to be the greatest and, in some cases, most important horror films of all time.

Earlier this month I looked at his brilliant 1982 masterpiece The Thing (which you can read here) a film which marked the
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Class of 1987: 30 Years of Liquid Evil – Celebrating John Carpenter’s Prince Of Darkness

Poor John Carpenter. Like nearly all of the truly great horror filmmakers, his movies are destined to be misunderstood in their time, only finding the proper appreciation several years after the fact when the rest of the world is finally able to catch up to what he’s doing. It’s not always the case, of course, as he has had a handful of commercial hits; for many years, his breakthrough movie Halloween was the most successful independent film ever made. It was the rare instance in which audiences were tuned in to what Carpenter was doing at the time he was doing it. Most of his other great films—and he has more great films than almost any other director working in the genre—took years to connect with the public. Don’t blame Carpenter for that. He’s a man ahead of his time.

It has been 30 years
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First Look at Making of Big Trouble in Little China Book

First Look at Making of Big Trouble in Little China Book
While we continue to ponder whether or not the Big Trouble in Little China remake starring Dwayne Johnson is a good thing, we now have something new and exciting to pour over from the original movie itself. As we approach the 30th Anniversary of Big Trouble in Little China, which was released July 2, 1986, we have a first look at the big coffee table book that explores the making of the movie. Along with the cover art, we also have two behind-the-scenes photos.

Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we get a sneak peek at this awesome tome from authors Tara Bennett and Paul Terry. At the time of Big Trouble's debut in theaters, the Fourth of July release date window wasn't what it has become today. And the movie didn't fare too well amongst other big summer blockbusters. Its box office reception was tepid, to say the least, pulling in just $11 million.
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34 Things We Learned from John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness Commentary

John Carpenter celebrated his 68th birthday a few days ago, so it felt like a no-brainer that I should cover one of his films this week. We here at Fsr are big Carpenter fans and have already covered several of his films on Commentary Commentary — Halloween, The Fog, Escape from New York, The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China, They Live — but while those titles are beloved I’m turning this week to one of his less-respected titles that I happen to love. 1987’s Prince of Darkness is a fun mix of gory horror and metaphysical mumbo-jumbo, and while some sketchy acting hurts it the film as a whole is terrifically creepy entertainment. The score is fantastic, the film ends strong, and the cast includes a bevy of Carpenter favorites including Donald Pleasence, Victor Wong, and Dennis Dun. Keep reading to see what I heard on the Prince of Darkness commentary. Prince of Darkness
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Stream This: Kurt Russell and John Carpenter Find Big Trouble In Little China

[Editor’s Note: Welcome to “Stream This,” our weekly feature where we single out television programs and movies of considerable merit that are available on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Crackle, or other streaming services. Look for a new recommendation every Thursday.] Not all that long into John Carpenter's rapturously cuckoo Big Trouble in Little China, intrepid truck driver Jack Burton (Kurt Russell), the film's ostensible hero, is rushing back to to the titular San Francisco neighborhood from the airport when a big rig, carrying Puma apparel, gets in front of him. Now, sure, one could excuse this seemingly inconsequential happening as just a reiteration of Burton's urgency in getting back to Little China, especially considering the fact that he just witnessed a kidnapping at the airport, including the abduction of his friend Wang's (Dennis Dun) would-be fiancee, Miao (Suzee Pai). In another sense, however, it's a revealing gaze into the work ethic and filmic philosophy that drives Carpenter: an acknowledgement and immediate dismissal of the corporate interests that fund movies both big and small. It's a blunt visual statement, sans any bullshit concept of embedding the advertisement or making the product part of the narrative,
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Why Dwayne Johnson is asking for 'Big Trouble' with his Carpenter remake

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Why Dwayne Johnson is asking for 'Big Trouble' with his Carpenter remake
I confess that my first reaction to this news was caught on film and you can now see it in photo form attached to this story. Here's the thing: I am on record as saying that I consider Dwayne Johnson a bit of a natural resource. I don't think the movies he makes are always worthy of his charisma and his genuine talent, but i think he's more than proven himself capable. I am hopeful when he announces a project that it'll be something that is as good as he is. I am also on record as saying that it's exhausting to get worked up about every single remake or sequel or reboot or whatever at this point. The industry has so clearly embraced that as an omnipresent business plan that it is wasted energy. It takes a lot to shake that loose from me now, but maybe this one
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Dwayne Johnson producing and starring in a remake of Big Trouble in Little China

Following the box office success of his latest disaster movie San Andreas, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is reportedly set to produce and star in a remake of 80s cult favourite Big Trouble in Little China.

The Wrap are reporting that Big Trouble in Little China is one of Johnson’s favourite movies and he will play the role of Jack Burton, made famous by Kurt Russell back in 1986. The film follows Jack, an all-American trucker, who gets caught in a supernatural showdown with the forces of evil while visiting a friend in San Fransico. The film was directed by John Carpenter and also featured Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun and James Hong. The film also rules.

The Big Trouble in Little China remake will be written by Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz (X-Men: First Class) and will be produced by Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia and Johnson himself.

20th Century Fox have not confirmed this story yet,
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'Big Trouble in Little China' Returns as a Comic Book from John Carpenter

While 80s movie fans await the inevitable news that Big Trouble in Little China will be either remade or rebooted as a franchise with a younger, handsomer Jack Burton, it was announced today that director John Carpenter is returning to the 1986 cult classic starring Kurt Russell, only this time in comic book form. That's right, ol' Jack Burton will live again in a series of all-new adventures featuring some of the movie's best characters. Coolest part is, it picks up with Jack's hideous hitchhiker as seen at the thrilling climax of the original movie, creating what is essentially a true sequel that takes place at Wang's wedding. In stores June 4th!

Here is the official press release and cover art gallery:

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Comics: First Look At Big Trouble In Little China

“You know what ol’ Jack Burton always says at a time like this?” This June, Boom! Studios will tell you just what ol’ Jack Burton says in his continuing adventures in Big Trouble In Little China, a new, ongoing series from comics favorites Eric Powell (The Goon) and Brian Churilla (The Sixth Gun: Sons of the Gun). The cult-classic film combined ‘80s supernatural action with ‘70s kung-fu flicks, and Boom! has the film’s original director, John Carpenter, working alongside Powell to bring that over-the-top spirit to the comic. Big Trouble in Little China (1986) - Jack Burton (Kurt Russell) is a simple man who doesn’t believe in ghosts or magic until he’s swept into a mind-boggling adventure deep within Chinatown’s mysterious underworld. Burton’s pal, Wang Chi (Dennis Dun), is trying to rescue his kidnapped fiancée. Egg Shen (Victor Wong), an enigmatic tour-bus driver seems
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Big Trouble in Little China Blu-ray Review

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Big Trouble in Little China has made its way onto Blu-ray for the first time a couple of years shy of its 30th anniversary, and it’s a really lovely release. Drew Struzan’s wonderful original art adorns both the Deluxe Blu-Ray and SteelBook editions, and alongside the classic special features there are brand spanking new interviews with everyone from John Carpenter and Kurt Russell, to the stuntmen and visual effects producers. Needless to say it’s a must for any diehard fans of the film, but how does Carpenter’s cult martial arts comedy stand up in 2013?

It’s easy to see how Big Trouble failed to fully connect with audiences upon its 1986 release, and why it has remained divisive since despite its cult following. Whether deliberately or not, Carpenter crafted a movie that’s constantly hard to get a handle on. Expectations are constantly being subverted, red herrings
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‘Big Trouble in Little China’ Review (Arrow Video)

Stars: Kurt Russell, Dennis Dun, Kim Cattrall, James Hong, Victor Wong, Kate Burton, Donald Li, Carter Wong, James Pax | Written by Gary Goldman, David Z. Weinstein | Directed by John Carpenter

When you have favourite movies it always comes as a surprise when you hear that they bombed on original release, even more of a surprise when you learn that most of its failure was down to being buried by the film companies. This is the case of Big Trouble in Little China, a movie that now has such a cult following that it’s hard to see how it could have failed. Luckily for us we have Arrow Video to give us a Blu-ray steelbook release to truly celebrate the film.

Jack Burton (Russell) is the ultimate American hero, in his own mind. When he finds himself in the middle of gang warfare in Little China between the forces of
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Blu-ray Review - Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

Big Trouble in Little China, 1986

Directed by John Carpenter

Starring Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun, James Hong, Victor Wong

Synopsis:

An All-American trucker gets dragged into a centuries-old mystical battle in Chinatown.

Muscles, magic and a wonderful mullet, John Carpenter's cult classic Big Trouble in Little China hits Blu-Ray for the first time today.

Telling the story of ordinary trucker Jack Burton as he finds himself caught up in a war of Chinese magic and mythology so he can get his truck back, Big Trouble in Little China is a bonkers, exciting and frankly hilarious adventure movie. Capturing everything that makes a Carpenter film a fun experience, Big Trouble in Little China might be the most enjoyable movie put out by the Carpenter/Russell team-up. The Thing and Escape From New York might be more acclaimed, but there is something so unashamedly fun about Big Trouble in Little China
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Big Trouble In Little China Blu-ray Review

Director: John Carpenter

Starring: Kurt Russell, Kim Cattral, James Hong, Dennis Dun, Kate Burton, Victor Wong

Certificate: 15

Running Time: 99 minutes

Synopsis: Kurt Russell plays Jack Burton, a reasonable guy who is about to experience some unreasonable things in San Francisco s Chinatown. As his friend s fiancée is kidnapped Jack becomes embroiled in a centuries-old battle between good and evil. At the root of it all is Lo Pan, a 2000-year-old magician who rules an empire of evil spirits. Jack goes to the rescue dodging demons, goblins and the unstoppable Three Storms as he battles through Lo Pan s dark domain.

Reuniting for the fourth time following Elvis: The Movie, Esacpe From New York and The Thing, legendary director John Carpenter and actor Kurt Russell’s 1986 bold and bonkers Big Trouble In Little China is every bit as enjoyable as its title suggests. Mixing breathless elements from countless genres, the
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John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness Trailer and Clips

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Scream Factory is getting ready to release John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness next week as their latest Collector’s Edition and they’ve provided us with a look at the original trailer, along with a handful of clips:

“Get ready for the ultimate presentation of the heart-pounding supernatural thriller by heralded master of horror director John Carpenter (Halloween, The Fog, They Live) as the long-awaited Prince Of Darkness Collector’s Edition Blu-ray™ and DVD invade home entertainment shelves everywhere on September 24, 2013 from Scream Factory. Available for the first time on Blu-ray, this collector’s edition is brimming with insightful extras, including new interviews with John Carpenter and Alice Cooper, special audio commentary and much more!

Donald Pleasence (Halloween), Jameson Parker (Simon & Simon), Lisa Blount (Needful Things), rock icon Alice Cooper, Victor Wong and Dennis Dun (both from Carpenter’s Big Trouble In Little China) star in this gripping suspense
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Final Specs for Scream Factory's Prince of Darkness Blu-Ray

Scream Factory's long-awaited Prince of Darkness Collector’s Edition Blu-ray and DVD invades home entertainment shelves everywhere on September 24th.

Available for the first time on Blu-ray, this collector’s edition is brimming with insightful extras, including new interviews with director John Carpenter and Alice Cooper, special audio commentary and much more! Donald Pleasence, Jameson Parker, Lisa Blount, rock icon Alice Cooper, Victor Wong and Dennis Dun star in this gripping suspense thriller on the terrifying battle between mankind and the ultimate evil.

A group of graduate students and scientists uncover an ancient canister in an abandoned church. When they open it, they inadvertently unleash a strange liquid and an evil force on all of humanity. As the liquid turns their co-workers into zombies, the remaining members realize they have released the most unspeakable horror of them all. Terror mounts as the team must fight to save the world from
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Prince of Darkness Specs Revealed; More Amityville Eye Candy!

Every time we do a story about the Scream Factory, two things Always happen... 1 - We feel our wallets burning like The Wicker Man and 2 - We want to leave a fruit basket of thanks outside of their offices on the doorstep.

On tap right now is more about their upcoming releases of Prince of Darkness and The Amityville Trilogy.

Get ready for the ultimate presentation of the heart-pounding supernatural thriller by heralded master of horror director John Carpenter (Halloween, The Fog, They Live) as the long-awaited Prince Of Darkness Collector’s Edition Blu-ray™ and DVD invade home entertainment shelves everywhere on September 24 from Scream Factory. Available for the first time on Blu-ray, this collector’s edition is brimming with insightful extras, including new interviews with John Carpenter and Alice Cooper, special audio commentary and much more!

Donald Pleasence (Halloween), Jameson Parker (Simon & Simon), Lisa Blount (Needful Things), rock icon Alice Cooper,
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John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness Blu-ray / DVD Release Details

A Prince of Darkness Blu-ray / DVD Collector’s Edition is coming this September, courtesy of Scream Factory. We previously gave you a look at the cover art and we now have updated release details, including the final list of bonus features.

“Get ready for the ultimate presentation of the heart-pounding supernatural thriller by heralded master of horror director John Carpenter (Halloween, The Fog, They Live) as the long-awaited Prince Of Darkness Collector’s Edition Blu-ray™ and DVD invade home entertainment shelves everywhere on September 24 from Scream Factory. Available for the first time on Blu-ray, this collector’s edition is brimming with insightful extras, including new interviews with John Carpenter and Alice Cooper, special audio commentary and much more!

Donald Pleasence (Halloween), Jameson Parker (Simon & Simon), Lisa Blount (Needful Things), rock icon Alice Cooper, Victor Wong and Dennis Dun (both from Carpenter’s Big Trouble In Little China) star in this
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Scream Factory’s Fall Lineup Includes The Amityville Horror Trilogy, Vincent Price Collection, Prince of Darkness

Scream Factory has officially announced their fall lineup, with more than 15 classic horror titles making their way to Blu-ray, including Day of the Dead, Price of Darkness, The Amityville Horror Trilogy, and six Vincent Price movies:

Scanners II and III: “On September 10, Scream Factory will unleash Christian Duguay’s science fiction action thrillers Scanners II: The New Order and Scanners III: The Takeover in a Double Feature Two-Disc Blu-ray™+ DVD Combo Pack. In Scanners II, a breed of humans with dangerously powerful telepathic abilities – the scanners – are being recruited by a corrupt police commander, John Forrester, in his crusade to take over the city. Forrester first enlists the help of an evil scientist, Dr. Morse, who wants to conduct mind-control experiments on the scanners with a new drug. When the side effects render the scanners incapable, Forrester then finds David Kellum (David Hewlett, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes
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You Always Remember Your First Time: Prince Of Darkness

I’ve seen a lot of movies, but yet I haven’t. This is the story of my life. Is it possible to see every film ever made? No, but you can work on seeing the ones that interest you. A rational starting point would to be watching the classics of cinema, and then venturing off to the stranger pastures it has to offer. I have willingly done the opposite. I’ve seen the 16mm Canadian masterpiece Things multiple times over instead of cinema’s masterpiece Citizen Kane (even though I own it). I’ve gladly purchased Evil Dead II on three formats instead of taking a chance on a film I’ve never seen before. If there were a screening of The Last American Virgin the same time as Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, you can guarantee my touche would be planted in a seat for the former.

Why?
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John Carpenter: The Brilliant Mullets Double Bill - Big Trouble in Little China and They Live

Tom Jolliffe takes in a brilliant mullets double bill of Big Trouble in Little China and They Live...

John Carpenter has made so many brilliant films. He’s crossed effortlessly between the horror genre and action. He’s also made some of the most iconic horror films ever made. With so many genre classics like Halloween, or The Thing, some of Carpenters films gain more of a cult following.

Back in the 80s films looked fantastic, before film stocks became a little too clean in the late 90s onward, or the docu style boom hit, and well before shooting on film turned to shooting in HD. Movies looked like movies in the 80s. Now the line between what one can shoot at home and what the studios can shoot is becoming blurred. Back then though, so many great looking films, brilliantly shot, beautifully lit. Carpenter himself helmed some darn fine
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