Prince of Darkness

Prince of Darkness

John Carpenter (1987)

18 Certificate


Our Score
Director John Carpenter takes one of his sporadic delves into Nigel Kneale sci-fi/horror territory (he even wrote the script as Martin Quatermass!) with tedious results. It's old superstitions versus the computer age in an awkward yarn about a weird container full of green liquid in an LA church that contains pure evil. Zombies, squirt-gun vomit theatrics, gore galore and metaphysical ramblings are overused to keep a mechanical plot moving relentlessly in what is virtually a supernatural remake of Carpenter's own Assault on Precinct 13.


A priest discovers a mysterious canister in the cellar of his small church, and asks a group of science students to investigate the curious object. It contains a strange matter that has a terrifying supernatural effect on all who come near it - and which proves to be the essence of evil. John Carpenter's horror, starring Donald Pleasence, Jameson Parker and Victor Wong.

Cast & Crew

Priest Donald Pleasence
Brian Jameson Parker
Professor Birack Victor Wong (2)
Catherine Lisa Blount
Walter Dennis Dun
Kelly Susan Blanchard
Susan Cabot Anne Howard
Lisa Ann Yen
Street people leader Alice Cooper
Lomax Ken Wright
Mullins Dirk Blocker
Director John Carpenter
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Studio CanalGuidance: Contains violence and swearing. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 26 Oct 2018