MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 475 this week

Prince of Darkness (1987)

 -  Horror  -  23 October 1987 (USA)
6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 19,631 users   Metascore: 50/100
Reviews: 189 user | 139 critic | 10 from Metacritic.com

A research team finds a mysterious cylinder in a deserted church. If opened, it could mean the end of the world.

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb at Comic-Con 2014

Follow our coverage of Comic-Con 2014, direct from San Diego July 23-27 in our Comic-Con section.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 32 titles
created 15 Oct 2011
 
a list of 44 titles
created 02 Apr 2012
 
a list of 24 titles
created 08 Apr 2012
 
a list of 23 titles
created 18 Feb 2013
 
a list of 26 titles
created 9 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Prince of Darkness (1987)

Prince of Darkness (1987) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Prince of Darkness.

User Polls

1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Fantasy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An insurance investigator begins discovering that the impact a horror writer's books have on his fans is more than inspirational.

Director: John Carpenter
Stars: Sam Neill, Jürgen Prochnow, Julie Carmen
They Live (1988)
Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A drifter discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to wake up to the fact that aliens have taken over the Earth.

Director: John Carpenter
Stars: Roddy Piper, Keith David, Meg Foster
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A Harvard scientist conducts experiments on himself with a hallucinatory drug and an isolation chamber that may be causing him to regress genetically.

Director: Ken Russell
Stars: William Hurt, Blair Brown, Bob Balaban
Phantasm II (1988)
Action | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Mike, now released from a psychiatric hospital, continues his journey to stop the evil Tall Man from his grim work.

Director: Don Coscarelli
Stars: James Le Gros, Reggie Bannister, Angus Scrimm
Pumpkinhead (1988)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A man conjures up a gigantic vengeance demon called Pumpkinhead to destroy the teenagers who accidentally killed his son.

Director: Stan Winston
Stars: Lance Henriksen, Jeff East, John D'Aquino
Fantasy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Four horror/sci-fi segments directed by four famous directors which are their own versions of classic stories from Rod Serling's landmark television series.

Directors: Joe Dante, John Landis, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Dan Aykroyd, Albert Brooks, Vic Morrow
Dreamcatcher (2003)
Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Friends on a camping trip discover that the town they're vacationing in is being plagued in an unusual fashion by parasitic aliens from outer space.

Director: Lawrence Kasdan
Stars: Morgan Freeman, Thomas Jane, Jason Lee
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.

Director: Danny Boyle
Stars: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston
The Mist (2007)
Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A freak storm unleashes a species of bloodthirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole up in a supermarket and fight for their lives.

Director: Frank Darabont
Stars: Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden
Lifeforce (1985)
Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A race of space vampires arrive in London and infect the populace.

Director: Tobe Hooper
Stars: Steve Railsback, Mathilda May, Peter Firth
Creepshow 2 (1987)
Comedy | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Three more bone-chilling tales that include a vengeful wooden Native American, a monstrous blob in a lake, and a hitchhiker who wants revenge and will not die.

Director: Michael Gornick
Stars: George Kennedy, Lois Chiles, Domenick John
Eraserhead (1977)
Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.

Director: David Lynch
Stars: Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, Allen Joseph
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Dennis Dun ...
Susan Blanchard ...
...
Susan Cabot (as Anne Howard)
Ann Yen ...
Ken Wright ...
...
...
...
Robert Grasmere ...
Thom Bray ...
...
Edit

Storyline

A sinister secret has been kept in the basement of an abandoned Los Angeles church for many years. With the death of a priest belonging to a mysterious sect, another priest opens the door to the basement and discovers a vat containing a green liquid. The priest contacts a group of physics graduate students to investigate it. Unfortunately, they discover that the liquid contains the essence of Satan himself, and they also discover that he will release HIS father - an all-powerful Anti-God! The liquid later comes to life itself, turning some of the students into zombies as the Devil comes forward to release his father. Will these students be able to stop him? Written by Derek O'Cain

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

church | priest | student | liquid | devil | See more »

Taglines:

Where are you...? Christ? See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

23 October 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

John Carpenter's Prince of Darkness  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$14,182,492 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

When actor Peter Jason, who plays Dr. Leahy, introduces himself to Dr. Birack ('Victor Wong') for the first time, he wasn't expecting Wong to walk away in the middle of the scene. Jason's subsequent confused appearance and awkwardness is natural and unscripted. See more »

Goofs

When Susan climbed onto Lisa's bed and sprayed the liquid "evil" into Lisa's mouth, the liquid was obviously sprayed from a tube behind Susan's mouth instead of from inside it. See more »

Quotes

Susan Cabot: Hi.
Etchinson: Hey.
[Susan leaves the room]
Etchinson: Frankie, who was that?
Wyndham: Susan Cabot. Radiologist. Married.
Etchinson: How married?
Wyndham: Very.
See more »

Crazy Credits

The opening credits last for nine minutes. See more »

Connections

Features Heavenly Puss (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Prince of Darkness
Performed by Alice Cooper
Courtesy of MCA Records
Written by Alice Cooper & Kane Roberts
Produced by Michael Wagener
(C) 1987 Ensign Music Corporation, Ezra Music Inc.
Screen Gems Music - EMI Music Inc.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Highly Underrated Imaginative Horror Piece.
12 October 2003 | by (Erie, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

Among the many great John Carpenter classics such as Halloween, Escape From New York and The Thing, his 1987 sleeper Prince of Darkness is often forgotten. The film centers around the return of Satan and a wonderfully eclectic group of scientists and religious figures who attempt to battle for the survival of humanity. Wonderfully cast with such John Carpenter screen regulars as Donald Pleaseance and Victor Wong we also get to see Alice Cooper as one of Satan's evil minions. The film fails in the respect that this movie can't possibly be scary or believable to anyone who isn't of Christian faith. Never the less it has great scary moments, witty dialogue and fabulous cinematography for the non-Christian horror film lover as well. Fans of religious based horror films will love finding this "diamond in the rough."


15 of 24 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
I always thought the dream transmission ... sargasm1
The Most Underrated Movie Ever? day_of_dark
For anyone who studied physics... californiaconor
Should I go see this? dragonianera
New fansite for Prince of Darkness james-447
Quite a rare thing www-leobliviscares
Discuss Prince of Darkness (1987) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page