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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Priest
... Brian Marsh
... Prof. Howard Birack
... Catherine Danforth
Dennis Dun ... Walter
Susan Blanchard ... Kelly
... Susan Cabot (as Anne Howard)
Ann Yen ... Lisa
Ken Wright ... Lomax
... Mullins
Jessie Lawrence Ferguson ... Calder
... Dr. Paul Leahy
Robert Grasmere ... Frank Wyndham
... Etchinson
... Bag Lady
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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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23 October 1987 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,657,401, 25 October 1987, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,182,492
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The first of two films that John Carpenter made with Alive Films. The second film they made was They Live (1988). See more »

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(at around 12 mins) In the beginning of the movie the Priest tells Dr. Birack that the Catholic Church containing the demonic fluid, located in Los Angeles, was built in the 1500s by Spanish missionaries. The Spanish did not colonize California with missions until 1769, with the founding of San Diego by the explorer-missionary Fray Junipero Serra. The mission where filming took place, Mission San Fernando Rey de España, was not founded until 1797. See more »

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Brian: What happened? You talk numbers, you get romantic. You talk people, you clam up.
Catherine: Just a little miscue, that's all.
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Prince of Darkness
Performed by Alice Cooper
Courtesy of MCA Records
Written by Alice Cooper & Kane Roberts
Produced by Michael Wagener
(C) 1987 Ensign Music Corporation, Ezra Music Inc.
Screen Gems Music - EMI Music Inc.
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john carpenter kicks a$$ again with "PRINCE OF DARKNESS"
15 May 2007 | by See all my reviews

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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