Prince of Darkness (1987)

1987 Horror, Sci-Fi

User Score: 56/100


A research team finds a mysterious cylinder in a deserted church. If opened, it could mean the end of the world.

Prince of Darkness (1987) is an American supernatural horror movie that is the second installment John Carpenter’s "Apocalypse Trilogy." John Carpenter’s Apocalypse Trilogy consist of The Thing (1982), Prince of Darkness (1987), and In the Mouth of Madness (1994). Prince of Darkness (1987) had an estimated budget of $3 million and grossed over $14.1 million at the box office. Director and writer John Carpenter (Halloween (1978), Escape from L.A. (1996), Escape from New York (1981), They Live (1988)) did not do well making this cheesy horror movie. Unfortunately, I do not like this movie but others that I view the movie with have a different opinion from me. The events in the movie are not at all scary but instead humorous, ex: devil-juice squirting. The acting was not good or bad, just in between which does not help the movie. A few of the actors overacted a few times, and there was also a few unrealistic acting. The plot and subplot were cheesy and did not appear as though John Carpenter wrote it because I look forward to his movies as they are always a phenomenal watch, but this movie proved me wrong.

A priest (Donald Pleasence - Halloween (1978), The Great Escape (1963), Escape from New York (1981), Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)) is investigating a mysterious cylinder with a green liquid in it. He needs the help of Professor Howard Birack and his students. Professor Howard (Victor Wong - The Last Emperor (1987), Seven Years in Tibet (1997), Big Trouble in Little China (1986), 3 Ninjas (1992)) visit the priest in an abandoned Los Angeles church. As they research and decipher the text located next to the cylinder, liquid escapes from the cylinder causing people who are exposed to the liquid to become possessed. The possessed person then fights against the others and soon we see a huge amount of people being possessed. Professor Howard’s student Kelly (Susan Blanchard - All My Children (1970), They Live (1988)) later becomes the vessel of Satan. Will there be any survivors who are not possessed? Will anyone save the day/city from Satan?

About Prince of Darkness (1987)

Title: Prince of Darkness
Year: 1987
Starring: Donald Pleasence, Peter Jason, Victor Wong, Thom Bray, Alice Cooper, Dirk Blocker, Lisa Blount, Jessie Lawrence Ferguson, Dennis Dun, Joanna Merlin, Susan Blanchard, Robert Grasmere, Jameson Parker, Anne Marie Howard, Ann Yen, Ken Wright, Betty Ramey, Jessie Ferguson
Director: John Carpenter
Score: 2 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.8/5 stars from 149 users. Votes: 149.
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi

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