The Great Satan doesn't just reside in man's heart of darkness. Instead he lives in an opposite dimension, and manifests himself in this world in. . .bugs. That's about the extent of the horror that John Carpenter conjures up in Prince of Darkness.

The Great Satan doesn’t just reside in man’s heart of darkness. Instead he lives in an opposite dimension, and manifests himself in this world in. . .bugs. That’s about the extent of the horror that John Carpenter conjures up in Prince of Darkness.

Carpenter spends so much time turning the screws on the next scare that he completely forsakes his actors, who are already stranded with a shoddy script.

Story takes place in LA, where physics prof Birack (Victor Wong) takes his graduate class to an abandoned church in the middle of the city. He’s summoned there by a priest (Donald Pleasence, who seems to have some secret sorrow), who has discovered inside the church a secret canister, guarded for hundreds of years by a forgotten sect of the Catholic church, the Brotherhood of Sleep.

Canister itself, which is supposed to be the embodiment of all evil, mostly looks like a green slime lava lamp. It starts sliming various students and turning them into zombies, so they ccan go out and wreak even more havoc.

None of the ensemble really stand out, with lovers Jameson Parker and Lisa Blount never getting a real chance to develop their relationship, and Dennis Dun’s Walter completely robbed of his charm through his stilted delivery of equally wooden lines.

Prince of Darkness

Production

Alive/Universal. Director John Carpenter; Producer Larry Franco; Screenplay Martin Quatermass [= John Carpenter]; Camera Gary B. Kibbe; Editor Steve Mirkovich; Music John Carpenter, Alan Howarth; Art Director Daniel Lomino

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1987. Running time: 101 MIN.

With

Donald Pleasence Jameson Parker Victor Wong Lisa Blount Dennis Dun Susan Blanchard
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