In an old church a large cylinder full of swirling green liquid is found. Clergy familiar with the church believe the cylinder to be a long forgotten, yet protected, safe holding an ancient evil being. When a group of physicists is called in to try and determine what is in the cylinder they end up trying to save the world.
Donald Pleasence (Priest), Jameson Parker (Brian), Victor Wong (Birack), Lisa Blount (Catherine), Dennis Dun (Walter), Susan Blanchard (Kelly), Anne Howard (Susan), Ann Yen (Lisa), Dirk Blocker (Mullins), Peter Jason (Leahy).
Prince of Darkness starts a bit slow with some background and plot setup before the story gets moving. As the physicists move into the church things get more interesting and they really take off once the action starts. From John Carpenter, here he brings his trademark horror and comedy combination to the screen. From 1987 this one is definitely showing some age along with how Carpenter has grown over the years.
Acting was mediocre in this one. Pleasence was okay as the Priest while seeing Parker will remind us why his career never went very far. Wong was in type in this one and not much has changed for him over the years. The remainder of the supporting cast, including Blocker and Jason, were a bit rough around the edges.
Camera work was good for 1987 but is again, showing age with grainy film and some out of focus, or subject improper, shots. Sets and backgrounds were decent considering this film probably didn’t have the budget Carpenter commands these days. Dialogue was okay if a bit plodding at times. Sound and soundtrack were decent.
Overall Prince of Darkness is a solid, if somewhat dated, horror flick. Containing comedy and more, along with the horror, the film is fairly well done and actually won two film awards when it was released. Carpenter, and horror, fans will enjoy this the most.
With some adult activity, foul language, violence, and mildly disturbing images this should be fine for older teens and above.
Prince of Darkness is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
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