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Prince of Darkness (1987)

R | | Horror | 23 October 1987 (USA)
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A research team finds a mysterious cylinder in a deserted church. If opened, it could mean the end of the world.

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John Carpenter

Writer:

John Carpenter (as Martin Quatermass)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Pleasence ... Priest
Jameson Parker ... Brian Marsh
Victor Wong ... Prof. Howard Birack
Lisa Blount ... Catherine Danforth
Dennis Dun ... Walter
Susan Blanchard ... Kelly
Anne Marie Howard ... Susan Cabot (as Anne Howard)
Ann Yen ... Lisa
Ken Wright Ken Wright ... Lomax
Dirk Blocker ... Mullins
Jessie Lawrence Ferguson ... Calder
Peter Jason ... Dr. Paul Leahy
Robert Grasmere Robert Grasmere ... Frank Wyndham
Thom Bray ... Etchinson
Joanna Merlin ... Bag Lady
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Storyline

A sinister secret has been kept in the basement of an abandoned Los Angeles church for many years. With the death of a priest belonging to a mysterious sect, another priest opens the door to the basement and discovers a vat containing a green liquid. The priest contacts a group of physics graduate students to investigate it. Unfortunately, they discover that the liquid contains the essence of Satan himself, and they also discover that he will release HIS father - an all-powerful Anti-God! The liquid later comes to life itself, turning some of the students into zombies as the Devil comes forward to release his father. Will these students be able to stop him? Written by Derek O'Cain

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Taglines:

Before man walked the earth... it slept for centuries. It is evil. It is real. It is awakening. See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

23 October 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

John Carpenter's Prince of Darkness See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Beach, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,657,401, 25 October 1987

Gross USA:

$14,182,492
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo | 4-Track Stereo (Psycho Dynamism Sound) (Japan theatrical release)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Several scenes were shot at the University of Southern California, which John Carpenter attended as a film student. See more »

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(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 »

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Brian: [repeated dialogue] Have you seen Susan?
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Brian: Radiologist. Glasses.
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The opening credits last for nine minutes. See more »

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VCD version by Panorama Entertainment is cut to 101 minute See more »

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Darkness Begins
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My kind of scary!
7 June 2008 | by squirre11See all my reviews

I've just watched it on DVD, and I screamed twice, which is more than most horror films get out of me.

This is the sort of thing that really scares me - demonic entities, bodily possession, slow burning tension and that nagging, ominous feeling that something horrible is happening just out of frame.

All the more effective is the fact that the demoniacally possessed in this film look absolutely normal, right until they spray green gunk on your face. OK, so there's a couple of give aways - the auto typing is a pretty obvious twist - but the tension is kept up high all the way to the end.

Ah yes, the end. I was preparing myself for the ghoulish twist, which is a bit of a John Carpenter trademark. This didn't stop me from letting out my second and loudest scream of the evening, and it'll be a while before I can even glance in the mirror again. Should do wonders for my vanity.

If gores' your thing, this will disappoint. But if you're looking for something that'll chill you to the marrow of your bones in a precise and economical fashion, you can't go far wrong.


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