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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:
john carpenter kicks a$$ again with "PRINCE OF DARKNESS" See more (189 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
Robert McCarthy .... best boy electric
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:
Peter Jason came up with the idea for the mouth trumpet routine.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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 »
Quotes:
[Birack teaches a class on quantum physics]
Professor Edward Birack:Let's talk about our beliefs, and what we can learn about them. We believe nature is solid, and time a constant. Matter has substance and time a direction. There is truth in flesh and the solid ground. The wind may be invisible, but it's real. Smoke...
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Holliston: Skunked (#1.5)" (2012)See more »
Soundtrack:
Prince of DarknessSee more »

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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
john carpenter kicks a$$ again with "PRINCE OF DARKNESS", 15 May 2007
Author: Allentoker from United States

This is John Carpenter's most complex and underrated film.Prince of Darkness is an eerie, atmospheric, Lucio Fulci/HP Lovecraft style piece of Gothic horror that can hold it's own against any piece of sh*t horror movie that comes out now days about biblical horror (People who try now days usually come up with mindless Exocist 4:the Beginning bullsh*t).

The story revolves around a priest and a group of scientists gather in an old church and try to solve mystery behind a vat of some green goo that just happens to be concentrated evil.Meanwhile, Alice Cooper and a whole sh*tload of homeless people stakeout outside the church and kill everyone who steps outside, and everyone inside is being turned into zombies.Donald Pleasance gives a phenomenal performance, and Victor Wong gives an equally good performance.John Carpenter's writing (under a pseudonym)is top notch this round,with a social commentary on the catholic religion that's equally as powerful as the commentary on 80s materialism in They Live.The only thing wrong with it is the real crappy make-up efx by Mark Shostram(except for the Satan b*tch,who looked pretty bad a$$).

I remember when I used to read about this movie when I was a kid and how horrible reviews were on it. Everybody made it out to be one of the worst movies ever made.Every review I read was all about how crappy the movie was.But they also said the same about The Thing, and that's considered to be one of the greatest horror films ever made.Maybe Prince of Darkness is just to intellectual for the American public.But after reading the reviews for it on this website, sounds like some people just don't understand the commentary and the complexity of the story,unless they're a true hardcore fan of John Carpenter like me.It's one of my absolute favorite John Carpenter movies and I'm telling you now,don't skip this movie,it's f*cking incredible.

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