Day 25I already talked about John Carpenter on Days 15 and 24 of Puff-Tober-Ween (we were so young then!) when I looked at In the Mouth of Madness and The Fog. Now, the easy thing to do is to talk about Halloween or The Thing, both exceptional movies, but I’d like to point out Carpenter’s 1987 Prince of Darkness. In some ways, I’ve always felt this was Carpenter’s most ambitious movie, as he’s juggling a boatload of big ideas in this one. This is an apocalyptic tale that dives into quantum physics, religion, a different take on zombies, an anti-God…I mean, there’s even tachyons.

The tale is a race against time for physics grad students as they try to figure out what is in an ominous container that was found in the basement of an old church. Little do they know that their findings will not only awaken a great evil, but trigger the apocalypse itself. And what do the messages from the future mean?

I realize how enormously stupid my summary sounds, especially considering how I couldn’t resist writing that last sentence. There really isn’t an awful lot about Prince of Darkness that makes sense, but the way the big ideas are thrown around and the sincerity in the way it’s presented allows you to forgive the more ridiculous aspects of the movie.

That said, I don’t mean to be so down on it. Prince of Darkness is a part of Puff-Tober-Ween because it is awesome. It’s fun and suspenseful, has a super long introduction like The Fog has (with music by Carpenter again), and there is a scare so good, Carpenter will literally reuse it a few years later when he makes In the Mouth of Madness.

Plus, tachyons, man.

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About Christian A. Dumais

Christian A. Dumais is an American writer, humorist and public speaker living in Wrocław, Poland. He has published fiction, journalism, and academic articles in several magazines and journals such as GUD, Shock Totem and Ha!Art. His first collection of short stories, Empty Rooms Lonely Countries, was published in 2009. He also created, edited, and contributed to Cover Stories, a euphictional anthology of 100 stories inspired by songs, which was published in 2010. His most recent book is SMASHED: The Life and Tweets of Drunk Hulk.

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  • Scott Bradley

    Tachyons are the secret ingredient in my gumbo. That explains the horns and hoofs, I suppose.

  • Christian A. Dumais Post author

    I try to use tachyons in my chili, but I find that they appear in the chili before I add them in. And when I do, I have twice the amount of tachyons I needed to begin with and the chili turns to crap. Cooking with tachyons is hard.

  • Scott Bradley

    Seriously, though, I remember seeing this movie when I was much younger and thinking it was tied into Legend somehow. I was pretty provincial in my thinking back then.

  • Christian A. Dumais Post author

    Scott: You thought this was connected to Legend? As a prequel or a sequel? Well, while we are confessing, I used to think Land of the Lost was a spin-off of the Brady Bunch.

    Nick: I forgot that joke. It still makes me giggle like a little girl.