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Release Date: October 18th, 2002

DVD Release Date: April 29th, 1998

R|1 hr 50 min

Plot Summary
Poking around in a church cellar, a priest (Donald Pleasence) finds an otherworldly vial filled with slime. Frightened, he brings his discovery to a circle of top scholars and scientists, who eventually learn that the strange liquid is the essence of Satan. The slime then begins to seep out, turning some of the academics into zombified killers. As the possessed battle the survivors, student Kelly (Susan Blanchard) is infected by a large quantity of the liquid and becomes Satan personified.

Cast: Donald Pleasence, Jameson Parker, Victor Wong, Lisa Blount, Dennis Dun, Susan Blanchard, Anne Marie Howard, Alice Cooper

Director: John Carpenter

Genres: Horror

Production Co: Alive Films

Keywords: Escape, Dark, 1980s, Los Angeles

Ratings & Reviews

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  • The sole mystery is the apparent collapse of Carpenter's skills as a storyteller. Prince of Darkness is shapeless and almost utterly lacking in rhythm, as if it had been slashed and then badly reassembled, like a Carpenter victim. [28 Oct 1987, p.D8]

  • Prince of Darkness is a real tour de force, and a welcome return. show more

  • John Carpenter's Prince of Darkness gets off to an intriguing start. But then the movie loses its way. show more

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