Prince of Darkness (1987)

Carpenter smashes together a lot of interests and aesthetics here – time-travelling tachyon transmissions, Catholic conspiracies, body horror, a bevy of science-fiction concepts and gestures at religious iconographies. The result is very 80s and a lot of fun in that self-awarely shlocky horror way. It’s charming.

A lot is undercooked, especially the college romance underpinning a lot of the film, but its tightly paced and not overlong so it always trucks along well. The ‘dream’ sequences punctuating the film every so often are the highlight, inspired and memorable in their construction, and coming at a good pace.

713lSfy96pL._SL1500_

A lot of the concepts touched on in the film are shallow but they’re mixed together in such a way that it always works and feels immersive. The most straightforwardly well-executed part of the film is, unsurprisingly, the score, a pulsing, atmosphere propulsion always setting the tone and punching up whatever’s on screen.

Not one of Carpenter’s best, but very enjoyable. Three and a half tachyons, and a broken mirror.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s