There's a lot to like here: the score that together with the editing creates a fairly good atmosphere, the church as a desolated place of evil surrounded by back alleys and a gorgeous apocalyptical L.A. sunset, Carpenter's approach to evil (which is a hell of a lot more interesting than in The Exorcist), but ultimately all the ideas feel very half-baked and there's not a lot happening. Personally, not my favorite JH.
Gorgeous cinematography. The first half is unique, original, interesting, and extremely chilling, but the second half turns into a stock zombie-possession slasher. Although still very creepy and well directed, it's shame that the film veers so off course from the path of originality.
The intro is a slow unravelling which cuts between the ensemble cast & credits. The rest of the film is stylised similarly; a constant, throbbing electronic score & rhythmic editing create a unique building of tension. The pace drops in the middle & it's not that scary (bar the dream...) - but the end wraps up the entire film masterfully, turning the whole thing into an almost prologue. I'd take a sequel.
Sur le thème maintes fois filmé, celui de l'Antéchrist revenant sur notre planète pour imposer enfin son pouvoir diabolique, un excellent petit film fantastique à la superbe partition musicale. (comme souvent chez Carpenter) Hormis les rares scènes d'intimité bancales, l'oeuvre est une correcte réussite... www.cinefiches.com
(...)Hier wird kein Krieg der Wissenschaften gegen das Übernatürliche geführt, keiner zwischen der Gewissheit der sichtbaren und dem Chaos der subatomaren Welt. Es ist einfach nur ein weiterer Film geworden, in dem die Guten von den Bösen eine Weile lang beschäftigt werden, bis sich alles in einem finalen Showdown auflöst.(...)
Not many twists or turns, just a slow death march towards the End Times with a pulsing Carpenter baseline setting the rhythm. The idea of a team of scientists and priests uniting against oblivion is rich, though Carpenter tends to be better at creating concepts than taking them to an eloquent conclusion. The virtues, as always, are atmosphere and a striking ending that makes genre material feel very non-generic.
It takes christianity and science, combines them together and turns them into a horrifying 24 hour long event, where faith is no longer a matter of conventionalism but a scream for waking up from a Second Coming; which is not at all as believed for 2000 years. Every single scene from a strange weather to possessed beings and richful protagonists, including the most terrifying presentation of Antichrist, is pure gold.
Intriguing mix of Lovecraft horror, Christian theology and quantum physics with a great premise and some inspired moments, but, it all felt slightly muddled. I feel like this movie would have needed more money and a better cast to really reach its potential. Still, its Carpenter, and its pretty damn good.
The problem here is that Carpenter tries to bring science into supernatural occurences but fails miserably. The script suffers from over-exposition and badly written dialogue. I will admit though that some scenes are pretty well directed when no one is speaking. And the soundtrack is pretty effective. But it can't elevate the movie to much more than a passable level.
8 - Underrated. Carpenter's script is mired in over-explanation and the characters aren't exactly his best, but "Prince of Darkness" is still a great, moody horror gem with lovely practical effects and one of the most effective jump scares (and THE best porn stache) ever put to film. Plus, Hobo Alice Cooper stabs a guy with a bike. What more could you want?
3 1/2. The logistics of what's going in the movie is hard to follow and doesn't make sense but if you look past that, what's going on in the movie is a solid horror movie with nice experimental touches and humor. Camera work is top notch and the score is really effective, one of Carpenter's best.
Nuevamente esa plantilla clásica de Carpenter. Un grupo de personas se encierran en un tétrico lugar, ellos no tienen idea a lo que se enfrentan. De pronto se inicia el acecho. "Algo" comienza a cazar y tomar cuerpos, los usa de huéspedes y domina sus mentes a fin de cazar al resto. Es, además, imposible pedir auxilio a los externos. La novedad, ese sueño espeluznante que invita a la premonición o a un mundo paralelo