Few movies evoke as much nostalgic fear for me as Prince of Darkness. While I recognize that it is not John Carpenter’s finest work, it has scenes that will make you cringe, music that haunts and post-apocalyptic, flashback clips of a world no longer under they eyes of God that look absolutely terrifying. These may not make up for the chaotic, shit flung at the wall story-all-over-the-place nature of the picture, but Carpenter fans will be able to look past all that. If you can stand the transmission of the “anti-god” via a strange water-like substance being passed between people like their playing tonsil hockey, non sequitor scenes of 80’s violence and the root of all evil contained with a large glass container in the basement of a church unleashed because a bunch of not-so-bright grad students want to play Scooby Doo then this movie will make your week. I can’t imagine anyone who would want to see this movie hasn’t seen this movie yet.
Join Jeff Konopka and Shawn Savage as they go through the film in depth, discuss its place in the Carpenter canon and try to learn to love a film isn’t considered one of the best of the Carpenter legacy. As the guys point out, when Carpenter is writing on his own and not collaborating with other writers the movies generally askew. Alice Cooper can’t save this one as the walk on, mute. Donald Pleasance isn’t looking for Michael Myers the whole time and Victor Wong isn’t helping out Jack Burton.
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One last note, one of my fondest recollections of being a horror lovin’ kid was my father’s take on one of the creepy, prego, faceless folks in this movie. He looked at me as we watched the film and said, “that looks like your school principal before she puts on makeup in the morning”. It’s a line that has always stuck with me and was repeated by an eight year old boy to negative effect. I don’t think my mother ever forgave my father for that one and most likely it at least partially contributed to their divorce.
Did I mention I’m a huge Alice Cooper nut?