Prince of Darkness
DIRECTOR: JOHN CARPENTER
The centerpiece, with The Thing (1982) and In the Mouth of Madness (1995), to Carpenter’s H.P. Lovecraft-inspired “Apocalypse Trilogy,” Prince of Darkness ranks among the director’s greatest accomplishments, a body-count thriller revolving around the discovery and investigation of malevolent otherworldly forces simmering in the basement of a church in a desolate downtown Los Angeles. A truly unsettling work of nightmare logic carried along by an insidious Carpenter score and muscular camerawork, hurtling towards a crescendo that achieves a true sense of all-consuming horror.