Prince of Darkness

October 23rd, 1987


Prince of Darkness

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A research team finds a mysterious cylinder in a deserted church. If opened, it could mean the end of the world.

Release Year: 1987

Rating: 6.5/10 (13,037 voted)

Director: John Carpenter

Stars: Donald Pleasence, Lisa Blount, Jameson Parker

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?

Donald Pleasence - Priest
Jameson Parker - Brian Marsh
Victor Wong - Prof. Howard Birack
Lisa Blount - Catherine Danforth
Dennis Dun - Walter
Susan Blanchard - Kelly
Anne Marie Howard - Susan Cabot (as Anne Howard)
Ann Yen - Lisa
Ken Wright - Lomax
Dirk Blocker - Mullins
Jessie Lawrence Ferguson - Calder
Peter Jason - Dr. Paul Leahy
Robert Grasmere - Frank Wyndham
Thom Bray - Etchinson
Joanna Merlin - Bag Lady

Taglines: Before man walked the slept for centuries. It is evil. It is real. It is awakening.


Official Website: JohnCarpenter - movie site |

Release Date: 23 October 1987

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $4,657,401 (USA) (25 October 1987) (1239 Screens)

Gross: $14,182,492 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Rock singer Alice Cooper is among the hordes of homeless people that surround the church during the film.

Revealing mistakes: When Susan climbed onto Lisa's bed and sprayed the liquid "evil" into Lisa's mouth, the liquid was obviously sprayed from a tube behind Susan's mouth instead of from inside it.

Brian: [repeated dialogue] Have you seen Susan?
Professor Edward Birack: Who?
Brian: Radiologist. Glasses.

User Review

Greatly underrated. One of Carpenter's best!

Rating: 10/10

I remember working as an usher when this movie came out. The look on the faces in the audience after the movie ended was priceless. Most were either truly disturbed or confused as hell.

I thought the premise was unique. It's always been said that the existence of God can't be proven. Here we have several scientists and students trying, not only to prove that the Devil exists, but that they have him trapped in a jar in a church basement.

The movie is so full of sub-atomic theory that you would swear it was written by Michio Kaku, not John Carpenter. (Yeah, don't let the credits fool you. Carpenter wrote this film under a pseudonym)

Took my girlfriend to see this when it came out. She's now my wife and to this day, she's still a little afraid of mirrors because of this film.

Loved it.


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