John Carpenter is one of this directors, created some great classics, but very uneven in the quality of his films. I really, really love The Thing since I bought a bootleg VHS copy in the schoolyard from the bully of my class. But I really struggle with some of his other movies. They are often low budget, they don’t have a great script or great camera or editing. Or have they?
Let’s revisit and check it out.
I watched yesterday, The Prince of Darkness. Eh, it was okay, but really nothing special. There was guy who looked like Alice Cooper (probably it was him), not bad. And some other scenes had a strange mood, like the dead black guy, who was laughing and laughing, and his look on the face.
I liked the dreams from the future most, they gave the whole thing a twist, like something really important was going on. And then it was over, huh, I was waiting for more to happen with this future stuff …
Overall it felt really low budget, some dialog felt really stiff, I don’t think there was any art in the camera or editing. Just a basic B-Movie type of horror film. The synth music (by Carpenter) was good, I have a weak spot for 80s synth. Maybe the most artful thing in the movie …
I think, the siege thematic is somewhat of an obession of Carpenter? There are similar scenes in They Live, Assault, Thing and others, a horror trope he likes to use.
Anyone liked Prince of Darkness?