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Prince of Darkness (1987)

 -  Horror  -  23 October 1987 (USA)
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A research team finds a mysterious cylinder in a deserted church. If opened, it could mean the end of the world.

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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

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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$14,182,492 (USA)
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The student radiologist Susan Cabot says she has been "carbon dating the corrosion on the lid" of the cylinder, and "we're talking about 7 million years". Carbon dating is used to determine the age of materials, usually organic, containing carbon, not metal corrosion substances, and is only useful for about 60,000 years. See more »

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Father Loomis: Why weren't we told the truth?
Professor Edward Birack: Without the technology to confirm? It would have been another legend.
Father Loomis: But he was OUR prisoner, not yours!
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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.
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Very disapointing
2 November 1998 | by See all my reviews

When a movie promises the Master of All Evil, I expect to see more than a deformed hand coming out of a mirror. John Carpenter's Prince of Darkness has a very intriguing first half, but when it turned into a lame zombie movie, I got disinterested. The film does, however, have one great aspect: the very spooky 'live camera' footage which comprises the dream that everyone has. "This is not a dream!" Still, it wasn't enough to save the movie after its dull second half. I give Prince of Darkness a 6 out of 10.


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