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Prince of Darkness (1987)

R | | Horror | 23 October 1987 (USA)
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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Before man walked the earth...it slept for centuries. It is evil. It is real. It is awakening. See more »

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23 October 1987 (USA)  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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$14,182,492 (USA)
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When Dr. Leahy introduces himself to Dr. Birack, Peter Jason wasn't expecting Victor Wong to walk away in the middle of the scene. Jason's subsequent confused appearance and awkwardness is natural and unscripted. See more »

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(at around 38 mins) 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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Catherine: [after learning what they're up against] What are we supposed to do? Just go back to work?
Kelly: What would you rather have? A wreath of garlic? A benediction? A crucifix?
Catherine: Then it really is Old Scratch knocking at the door.
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The opening credits last for nine minutes. See more »

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Referenced in Shao Lin xiao zi II: Xin wu long yuan (1994) See more »

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Heavenly Puss
by Scott Bradley
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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."


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