Prince of Darkness

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Watching Prince of Darkness on the big screen tonight at BAM was an incredible experience! The movie is so good — especially the first half, before it becomes a slasher/zombie movie — and I’d forgotten just how great John Carpenter’s score is. (But most of his scores are, of course.)

It’s very dated in some ways — the linebackeresque shoulder pads, the hair styles, the mustaches, the indoor smoking, the hero’s line “I’m a confirmed sexist and proud of it!” — but it still holds up. It’s a remarkably creepy, atmospheric film, and definitely one of Carpenter’s best. I’m so glad I finally saw it on a big screen with a good sound system, instead of on a 1980s VHS tape!

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