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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:
Carpenter's best work . . . See more (190 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-18 | 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 movie was shot in just over 30 days.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: We see the new moon very close to the sun (though showing far too much crescent for such a small angle). A few scenes later, Brian Marsh is looking at a full moon, then a few more scenes later, we see the new moon again near the sun. That night, we see the full moon again.See more »
Quotes:
Professor Edward Birack:[referring to Satan] There could be a limit as to what he can do as a volume of liquid.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
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69 out of 94 people found the following review useful.
Carpenter's best work . . ., 30 October 2004
Author: Derek M. Koch from Beaverton, OR

John Carpenter's made some great horror films, and Prince of Darkness is my hands-down favorite Carpenter flick. First and foremost, the music does it for me every time. Sometimes Carpenter's score do miss their mark, but this time, the music is dead on perfect. Beyond this, the movie overall is wonderful. The opening title sequence (which does extend quite a bit into the film itself) does a great job of setting up the characters and the beginning of the drama at hand. Once the film picks up, it really doesn't let you go until the end, and even then, to the very last shot, the film reminds you that, for the briefest of moments, it had you. Oh, it had you. Alice Cooper makes his first theatrical film appearance with this film, but he appears briefly. Instead, the film centers mostly around Brian Marsh, a grad student brought in as part of a group of collegiate-types to investigate something dark and sinister in the basement of an old church. A lot of people I know pan his performance, but I felt Jameson (TV's "Simon & Simon") Parker's performance was solid and that look of confusion he wears throughout a bulk of the picture seems appropriate to the events unfolding around his character. Donald Pleasance's presence as a Catholic priest who begrudgingly recruits the team of college students and professors, scientists and theorists, adds a sense of credibility to the threat involved, as well as the film itself. And Victor Wong - he's just fun to watch. I love this movie.

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