By Adam Ruhl
Prince of Darkness
Prince of Darkness makes up the second entry in what John Carpenter calls his ‘Apocalypse Trilogy’ along with The Thing and In the Mouth of Madness (Hey Scream Factory, Mouth of Madness really deserves your CE treatment!). It is an all-star game of Carpenter players with Donald Pleasance from Halloween, Peter Jason who would return in They Live and In the Mouth of Madness, and Victor Wong and Dennis Dun, both from Big Trouble in Little China (Dennis Dun, come back to genre films, we miss you).
I have to say that of all of Carpenter’s movies Darkness feels stylistically closest to The Fog. Both of them feature an ensemble cast with multiple storylines all impacted by a common supernatural force. Both feature a lot of long takes with persistent soundtrack to build atmosphere. Unfortunately, both films also suffer somewhat from a lack of focus and were poorly received on their release.
Bonus features on this Collector’s Edition are a little sparse with just a couple of interviews, alternate opening, trailer, and a few others to round it out. I think it might be the smallest amount of material for any of the Scream Factory Collector’s Editions. On the other hand the cover artwork is a brilliant piece by Justin Osbourne. It’s stark and creepy and also highlights Jameson Parker’s wonderful moustache.
- Audio Commentary with Director John Carpenter
- New Interviews with John Carpenter, Alice Cooper, and Robert Grasmere
- Hell On Earth – A look at the film’s score with co-composer Alan Howarth
- Alternate Opening from TV version
- Still Gallery
- Horror’s Hallowed Ground
- Theatrical Trailer
- 1080p Hi-Def widescreen 2.35:1
- DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
- DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
- English-only Audio & Subtitles
- Original Release: 1987
- Runtime: 102 minutes
- Rated R
Presentation quality: A / Never looked better.
Scare factor: C / Anti-Christ as green goo.
Gore Factor: C / Very little onscreen gore.
Repeat view-ability: D / Worth seeing and collecting to round out your Carpenter collection, but I find this one of the harder of his to get through.
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