Movie Review: Prince of Darkness 1987

Prince of Darkness is the second movie of interconnected (only in theme) with three other movies from John Carpenter. The First was The Thing and the third is the In the Mouth of Madness. It has some connections with the Lovecraftian Mythos...

This movie was made in the 80's so the quality of special effects is not that good but in my opinion it works better this way. I really enjoy seeing horror movies from the 70 or 80's. Newer movies have their own special interest but the horror it's different. It's hard to explain but it's different. It's like liking MacGyver and House. One is not that developed and probably most people who was born in the nineties couldn't watch an episode of MacGyver without sleeping. But in my heart's it's there. Talking about offtopic I am really interested in seeing the new X-files. What changed from a 90's series and a 10's series... 

Well, now off to the movie. We start the movie in a classroom of some quantus physics / esoteric / philosophy where the professor of this class (Victor Wong - best know from the Big Trouble in Little China - one of most cherished movies from my teen days) is contacted by a priest (Donald Pleasence) telling that he discovered something in a church that was governed by one hidden sect called Brotherhood of Sleep for two thousand years.  There is some interesting views on history and Christ and the Darkness/evil/satan.

The all gang... Most actors here enter in other Carpenter movies...
Our main characters are Brian (Jameson Parker), Catherine (Lisa Blount) and Walter (Dennis Dun also from Big Trouble in Little China) (I bet there was few chinese actors at the time). 

So, the professor with the help of some of his students and othe areas of science try to uncover the mystery beyond the green liquid store for millenia. After some investigations, deciphrations of some hidden book and dreams we understand that the green liquid it's no other than Satan and he is not the worst guy because his purpose it's to free his father... an anti-god(?)

This movie it's provocative and intelligent and there are a lot of theoretical, scientific and religious discussions which also helps me love this book. The movie it's slow, don't expect much action (besides one or two scenes of fightining). The characters are well balanced and even Walter comedy relief works out nicely. The Atmosphere, one of the most important aspects in all horror movies/books/games it's presence. There is a ever-lasting dread and you never know what it's going to happen.

Imagine that... This is Satan
Should I watch the movie?
Yes. If you like horror stories without much gore but you want to feel a sense of dread througohut the movie then ten times yes. If you enjoy movies from the 80's then yes. If you can't handled that then skipped it. If you enjoy the Lovecraftian Mythos then yes. 

Btw, Allice cooper is a hobo in this movie ;)

One interesting fact is that the priest said that the church  was built by the Catholic church in the 1500's. Interesting is that the spaniards only settled Los Angeles in 1750's ...

Interesting Quotes

"Professor Edward Birack: Let's talk about our beliefs, and what we can learn about them. We believe nature is solid, and time a constant. Matter has substance and time a direction. There is truth in flesh and the solid ground. The wind may be invisible, but it's real. Smoke, fire, water, light - they're different! Not as to stone or steel, but they're tangible. And we assume time is narrow because it is as a clock - one second is one second for everyone! Cause precedes effect - fruit rots, water flows downstream. We're born, we age, we die. The reverse NEVER happens... None of this is true! Say goodbye to classical reality, because our logic collapses on the subatomic level... into ghosts and shadows."

Professor Edward Birack: Suppose what your faith has said is essentially correct. Suppose there is a universal mind controlling everything, a god willing the behavior of every subatomic particle. Well, every particle has an anti-particle, its mirror image, its negative side. Maybe this universal mind resides in the mirror image instead of in our universe as we wanted to believe. Maybe he's anti-god, bringing darkness instead of light

[Wyndham is being consumed by beetles]
Wyndham: I've got a message for you, and you're not going to like it.
Brian: Look at his chest!
[Wyndham's suit coat opens to reveal swarms of beetles]
Wyndham: Pray for death!
[Wyndham's head falls off, and his body starts coming apart]
Brian: [in horror] Jesus Christ!

Words on computer screen:
You will not be saved by the holy ghost.
You will not be saved by the god Plutonium. 

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