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Prince of Darkness -- John Carpenter directs this terrifying film about a group of graduate students and scientists who unknowingly unleash the most unspeakable of evils, Satan, on an unsuspecting world.
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Prince of Darkness -- Trailer for this horror from John Carpenter

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Director:
Writer:
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:
Lovecraftian horror... very good 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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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
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 | 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:
The scene where Wyndham (Robert Grasmere) is stabbed by the bag-lady at the back of the church is inspired by a similar stabbing scene in the Terence Fisher movie Curse of the Werewolf.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 attempts to tell Catherine he loves her after sleeping with her]
Brian:Can I tell you something?
Catherine:Please don't.
Brian:I want to.
Catherine:Tell me next time. If there is one. Or the time after that, or... two years from now.
Brian:Who was he? The one that gave you such a high opinion of men?
Catherine:I wouldn't like it if either of us jumped to conclusions.
Brian:How do you know what I was going to say what you think I was going to say?
Catherine:Because if you don't, I don't want to know.
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Soundtrack:
Heavenly PussSee more »

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51 out of 66 people found the following review useful.
Lovecraftian horror... very good, 2 April 2006
Author: BroadswordCallinDannyBoy from Boston, MA

An old priest who belonged to a cryptic sect passes away. A new priest is assigned to the church and he discovers a bizarre basement with an even more bizarre object in its center - a big vat of green moving liquid. He summons the help of some investigators and the ensuing field study reveals some very frightening revelations about the liquid - it is the essence of Satan. Then the liquid leaks out of the canister...

After a few films in the studio system, most notably "Big Trouble in Little China," which undeservedly flopped, Carpenter returned to his roots in small budgeted horror/thriller films. The result was this and it could have hardly been better. The infamous eerie music makes an especially profound effect in this film, which admittedly starts slow, but when it takes of it takes all of your nerves with it.

Unlike many horror popular films this film focuses very heavily on conversation. Atmosphere is of course put first, but the dialog is very interesting and makes for a film that is frightening on a thinking level. There are a well timed moments of violence, but it is on a intellectual level where this film scares the crap out of you. Carpenter must have done a good amount of research as the characters try to use various scientific concepts and terms to describe what they are slowly falling victim to. The dialog very heavily resembles H.P. Lovecraft's writing, who was unrelenting in providing the rational and thought-out narration of his protagonist. One can bet that it is this element that made it necessary for this film to be made independently. The shock isn't visceral, but no less effective.

The only downside are a few really goofy moments ("I said a rich doctor!"), but they are ultimately forgivable and are not as sorely out of place as you might think. 8/10

Rated R: horror violence

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