Arriving at the early onset of the science=magic=god/s trend the metaphysics are vaguely defined and outlined despite the constant exposition from character who verbally at least have little to time vocalize themselves. Carpenter's master Directive talents seem to reach out for things outside of the core End of Day's type narrative to a kind of interdimensiality before the Matrix (hand into the liquid mirror).
There are enough inherent contradictions to make me regard this as 'minor' Carpenter but I guess I should take heed from all of the viewers who have come over the years to regard this as a masterpiece. Even with elements underwritten there is no doubt that this is an aesthete master on top of his game and specific scenes within all the cross-cutting have a terrifying spell. The romantic plot is a sticking point 3.5
A collision between Carpenter's key influences; the Hawksian siege film (where, like Rio Bravo, characters find themselves trapped in a single location, fighting off an external force), the Quatermass series (with its long-buried evil) & the sense of impending apocalypse suggested by Lovecraft. The pseudo-science babble isn't hugely convincing, but it's the atmosphere & sustained sense of threat that really astonish.
so much tension, so much evil! there's nothing better of a good old carpenter for a sunday afternoon. good horror, and the music plays an important role. anyway, did you notice? here feminine is evil and good at the same time... what are you trying to tell us, dear john? and the science that succumbs in front of the prince of darkness? computer are evil, too? do we still need religion, to fight against the unknown?
Visto con distancia en el tiempo un filme de esto devela la estupidez de ciertos guiones: una fuerza maléfica que controla todo no es capaz de abrir una puerta. O la ciencia y las intuiciones de algunos científicos no les sirven para predecir el evento inmediato. Además, el estereotipo de los personajes (sobre todo el del bufón) rayan con la imbecilidad. Plagada de una música fácil y pare de contar.
Carpenter a le don incroyable de nous faire adhérer à ses fariboles. Vraiment, c'est un magicien. Et bravo aux acteurs qui parviennent à rester sérieux ! Je pense tout de même qu'on devait bien rire pendant le tournage ! Enfin l'ensemble fonctionne, on se plaît à faire semblant d'y croire.
Reiterating the western-siege scenario that is the backbone of Carpenter's cinematography, here we are presented with an original mixture in which quantum physics coexists and explain the existence of the Devil itself. Of course it does so in an '80s naïve way, but if you restrain yourself from too much questioning, then you can venture in an intriguing movie, one of Carpenter's best. Plus, you have Alice Cooper.
The plot involves the son of Satan who is actually an extraterrestrial being trapped in green slime which possesses people who kill people who rise from the dead, and someone is sending messages from the future through dreams, and there’s the question of causation in quantum physics and perhaps there’s a conspiracy behind Christianity. Is it just me, or isn't this kind of confusing?