This John Carpenter chiller is one of our favourite Halloween movies – if not only for the Alice Cooper cameo.
An abandoned church in LA hosts a mysterious cylinder with swirling, green liquid. The liquid is active and strange things are happening in the city, from swarms of flies through to loads of people just staring at the skyline.
The priest (Donald Pleasence) invites a group of academics and students to investigate the liquid by camping out in the church with all of their scientific machinery – soon they start to have the same shared dream, a transmission from the future, where a shadowy figure is in the doorway to the church. THE LIQUID IS SATAN, INNIT.
Prince of Darkness takes its time to set up, but as we get into the film it is totally creepy. Typical Carpenter, he has some fantastic shots where we focus on one character but there’s plenty of action going on in the background. There’s some real shocks here too, plus you’ll want to avoid mirrors for a while.
DIALOGUE FROM PRINCE OF DARKNESS IS SAMPLED BY: DJ Shadow throughout ‘Endtroducing’
GORE RATING: 3/5
TOTAL HALLOWEEN VIEWING RATING: 10/10
Watch it for: It’s completely creepy and dark
Watch out for: Poor Kelly’s transformation