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Prince of Darkness ()


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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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Priest
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Brian Marsh
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Prof. Howard Birack
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Catherine Danforth
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Walter
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Kelly
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Susan Cabot (as Anne Howard)
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Lisa
Ken Wright ...
Lomax
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Mullins
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Calder
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Dr. Paul Leahy
Robert Grasmere ...
Frank Wyndham
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Etchinson
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Bag Lady
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Street Schizo
Betty Ramey ...
Nun

Directed by

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John Carpenter

Written by

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John Carpenter ... (written by) (as Martin Quatermass)

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Andre Blay ... executive producer
Larry Franco ... producer (as Larry J. Franco)
Shep Gordon ... executive producer

Music by

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John Carpenter
Alan Howarth

Cinematography by

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Gary B. Kibbe ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Steve Mirkovich

Editorial Department

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Timothy Alverson ... first assistant editor
Lee Grubin ... apprentice editor
Frederick Wardell ... assistant editor
Dode Weyant ... negative cutter

Casting By

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Linda Francis

Production Design by

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Daniel A. Lomino ... (as Daniel Lomino)

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Rick Gentz

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Janis Clark ... hair stylist
Michael Mills ... prosthetic makeup artist
Francisco X. Pérez ... makeup artist (as Frank Carrisosa)
Mark Shostrom ... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Stratton Leopold ... unit production manager

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Larry Franco ... first assistant director (as Larry J. Franco)
Bruce Solow ... second assistant director (as Bruce Alan Solow)

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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

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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 ... re-recording mixer
Doc Kane ... adr mixer
Fran Kaplan ... apprentice sound editor
Val Kuklowsky ... supervising sound editor
Eric Lindemann ... sound editor
Mel Metcalfe ... re-recording mixer
Terry Porter ... re-recording mixer
Joan Rowe ... foley artist
Jerry Trent ... foley artist
John O. Wilde ... assistant sound editor

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Kevin Quibell ... special effects coordinator

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Jim Danforth ... matte painter
Robert Grasmere ... visual effects supervisor
Jim Danforth ... matte artist (uncredited)

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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

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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) / second camera operator (as Christopher Squires)
Joseph E. Thibo ... first assistant camera
Ian Wayne ... video engineer

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Bess Gilbert ... extras casting
Melanie Massey ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Mark Peterson ... costumer
Deahdra Scarano ... costume supervisor

Location Management

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Ken Lavet ... location manager

Transportation Department

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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

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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
Crit Killen ... shop foreman (as Randy Killen)
Sandy King ... script supervisor
Steven R. Kutcher ... bug wrangler
Michael Nelson ... computer technical consultant
Steve Patino ... operator / special effects: cylinder creator
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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Plot Summary

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 Where are you...? Christ? See more »
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Also Known As
  • John Carpenter's Prince of Darkness (United States)
  • Paradigm (Japan, English title)
  • Prince des ténèbres (France)
  • El príncipe de las tinieblas (Spain)
  • Vládca temnôt (Czech Republic)
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  • 102 min
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Budget $3,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $4,657,401, 25 Oct 1987

Did You Know?

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Trivia Donald Pleasence's character, Father Loomis, is named after the character he played in the Halloween movies. See more »
Goofs (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 »
Movie Connections Featured in The Sicilian/Prince of Darkness/No Man's Land/The Glass Menagerie/The Whales of August (1987). See more »
Soundtracks Prince of Darkness See more »
Crazy Credits The opening credits last for nine minutes. See more »
Quotes Voice: This is not a dream... not a dream. We are using your brain's electrical system as a receiver. We are unable to transmit through conscious neural interference. You are receiving this broadcast as a dream. We are transmitting from the year one, nine, nine, nine. You are receiving this broadcast in order to alter the events you are seeing. Our technology has not developed a transmitter strong enough to reach your conscious state of awareness, but this is not a dream. You are seeing what is actually occurring for the purpose of causality violation.
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