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
Carpenter and jason share several random tidbits about Jameson Parker. He had an injury from his time on Simon & Simon that was never addressed and that caused him daily pain. The mustache is real. He's a devout Christian. He was shot by a man who called Parker's wife a "whore." He has two dogs, and Jason called him "a double dog gent." See more »
Toward the end when Brian jumps out the window and the possessed people outside come towards him, it is clearly dawn and light outside. Shortly after, when the possessed is defeated and the mirror is broken by the priest, you can see them dispersing while it is night outside. Then Walter jumps out to get help and it is night as well. The next scene shows Walter with a blanket around him and is dawn again. See more »
[Walter is studying quantum physics]
Why do I want a Ph.D. in this?
Particle beam weapons, research grants...
A millionaire when I'm forty! Now I remember!
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The opening credits last for nine minutes. See more »
The UK 15-rated Universal video version released by 4-Front is edited slightly to avoid an 18 rating. 42 secs of cuts include a shorter bike-stabbing sequence, the removal of some swearing and a brief cut to 'soften' the scene where Calder cuts his throat with a splinter (in the case of this cut there is a noticeable jump in the soundtrack). See more »
What's wrong with Prince of Darkness? Well, it is a film that is struggling to find a link between Christianity and science (physics, to be more specific), and it fails to do so. Most of the things they are saying sound crazy at best.
However Prince of Darkness is still one scary movie. Horror master John Carpenter (the same genius behind The Thing and In the Mouth of Madness) is behind this masterpiece about a mysterious form of energy that appears in a Los Angeles temple and soon starts to gain control of all the people, most of them scientists, studying it. A cameo by Alice Cooper as a homeless schizophrenic who, accompanied by people like him, is making sure no one inside the temple leaves may indicate this is what he meant with the song "Welcome to my nightmare." Prince of Darkness is nightmarish. And its ending will make you wonder what the protagonist is about to do.
Watch this film alone, at night, with the lights off.
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