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by Garon Cockrell
31 Days of Scream-O-Ween! - Prince of Darkness
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Oct. 16, 2013 5:20 p.m.

By Adam Ruhl















Almost all of John Carpenter’s films after Halloween have

met with tepid critical reaction on release and often only so-so box office.

The real judge of a John Carpenter movie is time. In the decades since their

release, films like Big Trouble in Little China and They Live have become

popular genre films embraced by a generation. The Thing, much like Blade Runner,

has become a smash hit years after it was first in theaters (fun fact: they

opened the same day). Other films, like The Fog and Prince of Darkness continue

to wait for a cult following to really embrace them. Perhaps that will happen

now with this wonderful new Scream Factory Collector’s Edition of Prince of

Darkness, let’s take a look. <>






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Prince of Darkness





 




The Film:<>


A priest (Donald Pleasance) finds a large glass cylinder

filled with unholy green goo in the basement of an abandoned church. When

indications suggest it’s something evil, he invites a professor (Victor Wong)

and his grad students to come and study it. Before too long the church is

surrounded with murderous homeless people (one of which is Alice Cooper) and

the grad students are being possessed by green evil goo. The closest thing

Darkness has to main protagonists are a couple of the students, Catherine (Lisa

Blount) and Brian (Jameson Parker, sporting one of the finest moustaches I have

ever seen). <>






Prince of Darkness makes up the second entry in what John

Carpenter calls his ‘Apocalypse Trilogy’ along with The Thing and In the Mouth

of Madness (Hey Scream Factory, Mouth of Madness really deserves your CE

treatment!). It is an all-star game of Carpenter players with Donald Pleasance

from Halloween, Peter Jason who would return in They Live and In the Mouth of

Madness, and Victor Wong and Dennis Dun, both from Big Trouble in Little China

(Dennis Dun, come back to genre films, we miss you).<>






I have to say that of all of Carpenter’s movies Darkness feels

stylistically closest to The Fog. Both of them feature an ensemble cast with

multiple storylines all impacted by a common supernatural force. Both feature a

lot of long takes with persistent soundtrack to build atmosphere.

Unfortunately, both films also suffer somewhat from a lack of focus and were

poorly received on their release.  












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The Disc:<>


The transfer is beautiful; Darkness has been very well

preserved with full grain and surprisingly crisp colors. Honestly, if not for

the dated fashion sense this could be a new movie. There is the familiar picture

distortion from Carpenter using anamorphic widescreen, but that is an in-camera

element and not from the transfer.<>






Bonus features on this Collector’s Edition are a little

sparse with just a couple of interviews, alternate opening, trailer, and a few

others to round it out.  I think it might

be the smallest amount of material for any of the Scream Factory Collector’s

Editions. On the other hand the cover artwork is a brilliant piece by Justin

Osbourne. It’s stark and creepy and also highlights Jameson Parker’s wonderful

moustache. <>








The Features:






  • Audio Commentary with Director John Carpenter






  • New Interviews with John Carpenter, Alice Cooper, and Robert Grasmere






  • Hell On Earth – A look at the film’s score with co-composer Alan Howarth






  • Alternate Opening from TV version






  • Still Gallery






  • Horror’s Hallowed Ground






  • Theatrical Trailer <>














The Specs:






  • 1080p Hi-Def widescreen 2.35:1






  • DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1






  • DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0






  • English-only Audio & Subtitles






  • Original Release: 1987






  • Runtime: 102 minutes




  • Rated R<>










Final Grades:<>


Story: B- / A bit plodding, with elements of religion and

physics roughly stitched together.<>




Presentation quality: A / Never looked better.<>



Scare factor: C / Anti-Christ as green goo.<>



Gore Factor: C / Very little onscreen gore.<>



Repeat view-ability: D / Worth seeing and collecting to

round out your Carpenter collection, but I find this one of the harder of his

to get through.  <>








Add Prince of Darkness to your collection, click HERE!





Check out yesterday's Scream Factory review, Day of the Dead!






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