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Prince of Darkness (1987)

Director:
John Carpenter

COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Horror
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Prince of Darkness

RUNNING TIME
101 minutes

Producer:
Larry J. Franco
Screenwriter:
John Carpenter


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Father Loomis Donald Pleasence
Catherine Danforth Lisa Blount -
Brian Marsh Jameson Parker -
Prof. Howard Birack Victor Wong
Street Schizo Alice Cooper -

 

Review

John Carpenter returns to horror for the first time since Christine (1983) after more "benign" films such as Starman and Big Trouble in Little China. This entry is severely lacking in original ideas and inspired filmmaking, however. The conventional and predictable story feels like a rush job, and Carpenter tries to circumvent the film's inefficiency with pseudo-scientific babble, which is more annoying than enlightening to put it mildly. Donald Pleasence is yet again the ostensible voice of reason. But the satanic sub-genre has gradually washed itself over the course of the last twenty years, and Prince of Darkness may well be the nail in the coffin, so to speak.

Copyright 17.07.1997 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang
(English version: 20.08.2021 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang)