“Prince of Darkness” (1987) – John Carpenter’s biggest films are “Halloween” (1978) and “The Thing” (1982), but he’s delivered many more frightening flicks than his grandest tentpole movies. “Prince of Darkness” is one of them, as he combines religious themes with an apocalypse scenario reminiscent of Romero’s zombie movies.
Carpenter favorite Donald Pleasance plays a Los Angeles priest who invites a professor (Victor Wong) and his students to a monastery to examine a sizable can of bizarre, swirling green liquid.
Well, the green goo drips some clues that it has devilish origins, so for “God’s sake”, can we leave this kooky can alone? Maybe bury it in the backyard or fly it out to space.
Well, the fluid is sentient, and let the grand pandemonium begin…in tightest of quarters!
The pacing is a bit clunky at times, but no question, one of the Kings of Horror conjures some terrifying images and scares, and Alice Cooper even joins alarming show! “Simon and Simon” star Jameson Parker – this time, with a moustache – plays the hero lead in a scenario where victory seems slight.
Say a prayer.
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Donald Pleasance stars in “Prince of Darkness” (1987)
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Directed and written by: John Carpenter
Starring: Jameson Parker, Donald Pleasance, Victor Wong, Lisa Blount, Susan Blanchard, and Alice Cooper
Runtime: 101 minutes
Image credits: Universal Pictures