Prince of Darkness is the second installment of John Carpenter’s Apocalypse Trilogy; the Thing was the fun start with Kurt Russell in 1982, then ending in 1995 with In the Mouth of Madness. I’ve always thought “Trilogy” was a loose term for these movies. I’ve seen them, and don’t really see how they fit together.
There’s a giant tube of green goo in the basement of an old church, and the Priest enlists Professor Birack to investigate. The pulls a group of students and other scientists together and they begin. Only Birack knows what they are doing. The homeless people of the neighborhood are very interested in what they are doing and watch in a circle around the building with a cloud covered sun and crescent moon in the sky. Alice Cooper seems to be the lead of this group and impales one of the scientists with the top tube of a bicycle.
The water shooting from the tube into the woman’s mouth is strange, it looks like someone turned on the spray in the kitchen sink. Then when the same woman spits in another woman’s mouth, I couldn’t help but to laugh. This water shooting in their mouths makes them servants of evil, like zombies wanting to spit in mouths to convert others. In scenes with insects, I couldn’t help but think, where’d they get so many stink bugs or earthworms? Back in 87 they didn’t have great CGI, so at least John didn’t try with those effects. Everything is done in visually appealing camera angles, and upside-down shots, or played in reverse; very creative if you ask me. Is that a package of bratwurst on the counter?
Prince of Darkness kept me entertained throughout, everything about it is creepy. I recommend it to anyone looking for some of the best of 80s horror. Don’t worry if you haven’t seen The Thing, you won’t be lost.
I give Prince of Darkness 5 out of 5 Stars.