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John Carpenter (written by)
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Release Date:
23 October 1987 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Where are you...? Christ? See more »
Plot:
A research team finds a mysterious cylinder in a deserted church. If opened, it could mean the end of the world. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Carpenter's masterpiece See more (192 total) »

Cast

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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)
 
Stunts
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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Runtime:
102 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:18+ | Finland:K-18 | Finland:K-16 (cut) (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 | 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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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Lisa gets into bed, her shoes are off. However, after she becomes possessed and is walking around, her shoes are back on.See more »
Quotes:
Brian:[about the green liquid under the church] A life form is growing out of pre-biotic fluids. It's not winding down into disorder, it's self-organizing. It's becoming something. What? An animal? A disease? What?See more »
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41 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
Carpenter's masterpiece, 2 August 2010
Author: Justin Stokes from Cleburne, TX

John Carpenter's masterpiece about a priest enlisting the help of a physics professor and his students in preventing the coming of the Anti-God. Yep, I said masterpiece. I consider this to be Carpenter's crowning achievement. Said priest (played by the impeccable Donald Pleasance) discovers a large vat of green fluid in the basement of an old church near downtown Los Angeles. He comes to realize that the liquid in the container is the very essence of Satan himself, and that a sect known as "The Brotherhood of Sleep" has kept it a secret all these years. The secret can no longer be kept, however, as the apocalypse is brewing and the vat of liquid Satan is the over-sized coffee pot.

Carpenter really struck gold with the script for Prince of Darkness. I find it to be Carpenter's most intelligent and thought-provoking. I love all of the theoretical, scientific and religious discussion in this film. He takes all of these wonderful ideas and forms them into one of the most intriguing story lines the genre has ever seen. It all makes for a very engaging viewing experience, especially if this sort of material fascinates you as much as it does me.

The film is slow-burning, yet intensely unnerving. The overall mood, the creepy street people, the church itself and the eerie occurrences caused by the Anti-God's growing power all make for an unsettling watch. Perhaps the most effective scene in the film for me is Wyndham saying hello in that garbled voice followed by "Pray for death." I also must make mention of the recurring dream projections via tachyons. A brilliant idea that adds an even deeper level to the film's frightening nature. The imagery in these dreams is truly the stuff nightmares are made of!

As far as the cast goes, this is my favorite ensemble in a Carpenter film, even more so than the one we get in The Thing. They all do fine jobs, especially Pleasance and Victor Wong. I love the interaction between these two. I also really enjoy Jameson Parker in the lead, and Dennis Dun is the rare case of comedy relief that actually works. He is amusing, likable, and his antics don't overshadow or ruin the mood that the film has built up.

The atmosphere? Perfect. So is the dread-inducing score, which is an uncanny fit for the material. In the same way that I see Prince of Darkness as Carpenter's best film, the haunting music throughout makes for his best work as a composer. I love the score as much as I love the film itself. The sense of hopeless isolation Carpenter is able to convey despite the church being in L.A. is yet another impressive accomplishment in a film that never fails to impress.

Definitely an underrated classic. Carpenter's wonderful ideas are realized to fascinating effect in the film, and for me, the execution is flawless. It's a rare case when I have nothing bad to say about a movie, but this is one of those instances. The music, the atmosphere, the apocalyptic tone, the marvelous ending... it all works beautifully. It's a gem that Carpenter has never bettered. I'm in the minority regarding that statement, but I'm sticking to it.

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