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Prince of Darkness -- The terrifying battle between humankind and ultimate evil.  A group of graduate students and scientists uncover an ancient canister in an abandoned church, but when they open the container, they inadvertently unleash a strange liquid and an evil force on all humanity. As the liquid turns their co-workers into zombies, the remaining members realize they have released the most unspeakable of horrors, Satan himself, thus paving the way for the return of his father.
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23 October 1987 (USA) See more »
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Directed by
John Carpenter 
Writing credits
John Carpenter (written by) (as Martin Quatermass)

Produced by
Andre Blay .... executive producer
Larry J. Franco .... producer
Shep Gordon .... executive producer
Original Music by
John Carpenter 
Alan Howarth 
Cinematography by
Gary B. Kibbe (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Steve Mirkovich 
Casting by
Linda Francis 
Production Design by
Daniel A. Lomino  (as Daniel Lomino)
Set Decoration by
Rick Gentz 
Makeup Department
Janis Clark .... hair stylist
Francisco X. Pérez .... makeup artist (as Frank Carrisosa)
Mark Shostrom .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Stratton Leopold .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Larry J. Franco .... first assistant director
Bruce Solow .... second assistant director (as Bruce Alan Solow)
Art Department
Rick Caprarelli .... lead man
Claudia Gilligan Ivanjack .... stand-by painter (as Claudia Gilligan)
Audrey A. Johnson .... assistant property master
Kent H. Johnson .... property master
Richard M. Kerns .... assistant property master
Craig Talmy .... prop shop consultant
Anthony Tomeo .... stand-by painter
Larry Verne .... construction coordinator
Ward Welton .... paint foreman
Michael Wright .... construction foreman
Sound Department
Bruce Bell .... foley recordist
Joseph F. Brennan .... boom operator
Thomas Causey .... production sound mixer
Greg Curda .... foley mixer
Charles Davis .... assistant sound editor
Dane A. Davis .... special sound effects creator
John P. Fasal .... special sound effects creator
David Gertz .... dubbing recordist
Jeremy J. Gordon .... sound editor
Laura Hekking .... adr recordist
Michael Hilkene .... supervising sound editor
Frank Howard .... sound editor
David J. Hudson .... sound re-recording mixer
Doc Kane .... adr mixer
Fran Kaplan .... apprentice sound editor
Val Kuklowsky .... supervising sound editor
Eric Lindemann .... sound editor
Mel Metcalfe .... sound re-recording mixer
Terry Porter .... sound re-recording mixer
Joan Rowe .... foley artist
Jerry Trent .... foley artist
John O. Wilde .... assistant sound editor
Special Effects by
Kevin Quibell .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Jim Danforth .... matte painter
Robert Grasmere .... visual effects supervisor
Jim Danforth .... matte artist (uncredited)
Christine Anne Baur .... stunts
Simone Boisseree .... stunts
Justin De Rosa .... stunts
Ellarye .... stunts
Debbie Evans .... stunts
Randy Hall .... stunts
Bob Herron .... stunts
Jeff Imada .... stunt coordinator
Wayne King .... stunts
Mario Roberts .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Kevin Arnold .... electrician
Kirk Bales .... dolly grip
Danny Falkengren .... grip
John R. Hamilton .... still photographer
Frederick Hamm .... second assistant camera
Casey Hotchkiss .... first assistant camera: second camera
Jud Kehl .... camera operator
Rob McCarthy .... best boy electric (as Robert McCarthy)
Ron Peebles .... best boy grip
Charles Saldana .... key grip
Charles Smock .... electrician
Ken Spencer .... gaffer (as Kenneth Spencer)
Chris Squires .... panaglide operator (as Christopher Squires)
Chris Squires .... second camera operator (as Christopher Squires)
Joseph E. Thibo .... first assistant camera
Ian Wayne .... video engineer
Casting Department
Bess Gilbert .... extras casting
Melanie Massey .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mark Peterson .... costumer
Deahdra Scarano .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Timothy Alverson .... first assistant editor
Lee Grubin .... apprentice editor
Frederick Wardell .... assistant editor
Dode Weyant .... negative cutter
Transportation Department
Steve Brooks .... driver
Randy Cantor .... driver
Jim Huffey .... driver
Marty Huffey .... driver
Bob Muehlig .... driver
John 'J.P.' Pratt .... driver (as John Pratt)
Mario Simon .... transportation captain
James E. Vargas .... transportation captain
Eddie Lee Voelker .... transportation coordinator
Gordon Wiles II .... driver
Dennis Yank .... driver
Other crew
Rezza Badakhshan .... photographic doubling
Mike Berro .... computer programmer
Rick Chavez .... craft service
Maurice Costello .... first aid
Michelle Costello .... photographic doubling
Kimberley Coy .... unit publicist
Burt Davidson .... effects crewman
Joy Ewing .... production accountant
Phronsie Franco .... photographic doubling
Gary Gero .... bug wrangler
Joseph R. Gonzales .... technical advisor
Robert Grasmere .... computer effects coordinator (as Robert Grasmere Jr.)
Sandra Holden .... assistant to producer
Kent H. Johnson .... production associate
Randy Killen .... shop foreman
Sandy King .... script supervisor
Steven R. Kutcher .... bug wrangler
Ken Lavet .... location manager
Michael Nelson .... computer technical consultant
Steve Patino .... operator
Steve Patino .... supervisor
Douglas A. Raine .... production associate
Marian Shambo .... production coordinator
Jeffrey Truby .... labourer foreman
Pablo Ferro .... title designer (uncredited)
Daniel Wheatcroft .... studio executive (uncredited)
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"John Carpenter's Prince of Darkness" - USA (complete title)
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102 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Canada:18+ | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1988) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (1988) | France:12 | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2013) (uncut) | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM14 | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:15 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 (original rating) | UK:15 (video re-rating) (2000) | UK:18 (video rating) (1988) | USA:R (certificate #28768) | West Germany:16 (cut) (original rating)

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Although the film wasn't John Carpenter's first screenplay that he wrote since Escape from New York (1981), it was the first film since Escape that he directed but credited himself as "Martin Quatermass". A similar thing he did on They Live (1988) but under the name "Frank Armitage".See more »
Revealing mistakes: (at around 56 mins) 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 »
Susan Cabot:Hi.
[Susan leaves the room]
Etchinson:Frankie, who was that?
Wyndham:Susan Cabot. Radiologist. Married.
Etchinson:How married?
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11 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
One of Carpenter's best, 17 October 2010
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

You don't hear too much about this one when people talk about John Carpenter, but, in my mind, it's easily one of his best films. It's very original, well paced and damned frightening. Donald Pleasance is a Catholic priest who recruits his friend, Victor Wong, a physics professor (Victor Wong, of Big Trouble in Little China), to draft a bunch of his best grad students to study a large vial of green liquid that is supposedly an ancient relic. The grad students, being people of science, find the assignment very silly, but it's definitely weird and has some unexplainable stuff going around it. On the base of the vial there is a Latin inscription that claims that the liquid is the essence of Satan, which will someday be used to bring back Satan's father to rule the Earth. Soon enough, the liquid finds its ways into the mouths of a few of the students, who become possessed. Dennis Dun of Big Trouble in Little China appears as one of the students. Highly recommended for fans of the director, and horror fans in general.

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