Prince Of Darkness

Synopsis: A sinister secret has been kept in the basement of an abandoned Los Angeles church for many years. With the death of a priest belonging to a mysterious sect, another priest opens the door to the basement and discovers a vat containing a green liquid. The priest contacts a group of physics graduate students to investigate it. Unfortunately, they discover that the liquid contains the essence of Satan himself, and they also discover that he will release HIS father - an all-powerful Anti-God! The liquid later comes to life itself, turning some of the students into zombies as the Devil comes forward to release his father. Will these students be able to stop him?
Genre: Horror
Director(s): John Carpenter
Production: MCA Universal Home Video
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
102 min

I found Father Carlton

this morning.

He was taken to the hospital,

but he never regained consciousness.

Why was he here?

He had an appointment with

His Eminence this afternoon.

Let's talk about

our beliefs...

and what we can

learn about them.

We believe nature is solid...

and time a constant.

Matter has substance,

and time a direction.

There is truth in flesh,


and the solid ground.

The wind may be invisible,

but it's real.

Smoke, fire, water, light...

they're different,

not as to stone nor steel,

but they're tangible.

And we assume time

has an arrow,

because it is as a clock.

One second is

one second for everyone.

Cause precedes effect.

Fruit rots,

water flows downstream.

We're born, we age, we die.

The reverse never happens.

None of this is true.

Say good-bye to classical reality,

because our logic collapses

on the subatomic level...

into ghosts and shadows.

From Job's friends insisting...

that the good are rewarded

and the wicked punished...

to the scientists of the 1930s...

proving to their horror a theorem...

that not everything can be proved,

we've sought to impose

order on the universe.

But we have discovered

something very surprising.

While order does exist in the universe,

it is not at all what we had in mind.

Professor Birack, in relativity...

geometry breaks down on the cosmic

scale, and in quantum physics...

logic breaks down

on the sub-microscopic scale.

What's this?

I don't know.

Birack did that whole series of

debates on the B.B.C. A few years ago.

Oh, with the English priest.


Maybe they're planning

another one.

He died before his appointment

with the Cardinal,

but he left a diary.

You-You must help us.


The discovery of this supernova...

has immense significance

to the scientific community.

Particles collected date

from pre-Cambrian times...

before man walked on earth.

Light from the explosion

was hurled through space...

at 186,000 miles per second,

and is just now reaching us

across the vast expanse of the universe.

He was the guardian priest.

Apparently, he lived here

for over 30 years.

Once a week,

he would venture out for food.

And every day,

he opened this door.

Built in the 1500s...

by arrangement

with the Spanish government.

Who knew about this? Only the

members of this forgotten sect.

The Brotherhood of Sleep.

There was a vow of silence.

Even their very existence

was kept from the Holy See.

The Vatican didn't know?

The guardian priest

would keep the secret,

and before he died

would pass it on to another.

The sect had enormous

power and authority.

Their actions were never questioned.


Some of it is in Latin.

Some in Coptic, Greek, numbers.

It's not easy to decipher.

The original text has been

distorted over the years.



Writing upon writing,

sometimes two or three times,

and improperly erased.

You can still see

the old writing.

It's underneath.

What is it?

A secret that can no longer be kept.

Do you feel it?

Yes. Something.

It was never here before.

It started a month ago.

What started?

A change in the earth...

and the sky.

His power.

I don't get it.

What don't you get?

The whole thing.

It doesn't make sense.

It violates common sense. That's the whole

point. That's what Einstein couldn't accept.

I can't accept it either. Do you know

anything about spontaneous human combustion?

Walter, come on. That's

Schrodinger's cat. I know, I know.

So what's the point? The point is,

until the cat is observed by someone,

he's not in any definite state,

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John Carpenter

John Howard Carpenter (born January 16, 1948) is an American filmmaker, screenwriter, musician, and composer. Although Carpenter has worked with various film genres, he is associated most commonly with horror, action and science fiction films of the 1970s and 1980s.Most films of Carpenter's career were initially commercial and critical failures, with the notable exceptions of Halloween (1978), The Fog (1980), Escape from New York (1981), and Starman (1984). However, many of Carpenter's films from the 1970s and the 1980s have come to be considered as cult classics, and he has been acknowledged as an influential filmmaker. The cult classics that Carpenter has directed include Dark Star (1974), Assault on Precinct 13 (1976), The Thing (1982), Christine (1983), Big Trouble in Little China (1986), Prince of Darkness (1987), They Live (1988), and In the Mouth of Madness (1995). He returned to the Halloween franchise as both composer and executive producer for the horror sequel Halloween (2018). Carpenter is also notable for having composed or co-composed most of his films' music; some of them are now well-known, with the main theme of Halloween being considered a part of popular culture. He won a Saturn Award for Best Music for the film Vampires (1998). Carpenter has released three studio albums, titled Lost Themes (2015), Lost Themes II (2016), and Anthology: Movie Themes 1974–1998 (2017). more…

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