10/17/13 – 2013 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #17 – Prince of Darkness

Prince of Darkness

Growing up when I did, there are certain filmmakers that just simply walked on water for me. John Carpenter was one of those. In fact, to this day, if anyone asks me what my top five movies of all time are, TWO of them are John Carpenter flicks. So when it comes to a favorite filmmaker, much like a favorite band, you love their deep cuts just as much as their hits. Prince of Darkness is probably one of those John Carpenter deep cuts. But holy hell, it affected me when I first saw it. And ANY movie, well made or flawed, that has the power to affect me, wins. Prince of Darkness is a creepy, atmospheric (and very claustrophobic) movie about a discovery beneath an old church of the remains/soul of Satan. But it’s not what you think. It’s not his bones or his body. Nope, it’s actually a liquid sealed inside a canister. When a team of scientists come to do tests and try to figure out what’s going on, it gets released, and well, you guessed it, the shit starts to hit the fan. This movie is steeped in a slower paced and moody atmosphere, which is why I always loved it. But it also has a fair amount of gross out scenes and gore. Plus, for all the Carpenter fans out there, numerous Carpenter familiars star, like Donald Pleasance, Victor Wan and Dennis Dun. It also held the honor of being Alice Cooper’s film debut, as a creepy as HELL homeless man that leads other creepy homeless to trap the scientists inside the church. All in all, there is a lot to love here. Yes, there are some of those famous 80’s moments, but just overlook those and enjoy what’s incredible about this movie. Personally, at the end, when you catch a glimpse of Satan’s black hand as he’s being pulled into our world… HOLY SHIT, I just got shivers typing that, just like I did when I first saw it as a kid. Okay, now I want to go watch it again. Enjoy.

2 thoughts on “10/17/13 – 2013 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #17 – Prince of Darkness

  1. It would be very hard for me to only choose 2 John Carpenter films!

    Have you ever seen Wake in Fright? It is a terrifying look at life in rural Australia in the 1970s. Donald Pleasance is brilliant in it.

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