John Carpenter's Prince of Darkness is the second film of what is referred to as his "Apocalypse Trilogy", which include The Thing and In the Mouth of Madness. Prince of Darkness is, in my opinion, the worst of the three films. The premise is solid enough, but it tries to do too much with too little. It has some familiar faces; Donald Pleasance (Halloween), Victor Wong and Dennis Dun (both who played similar roles in Carpenter's Big Trouble in Little China), and (though he is prominently featured in all the advertising) Alice Cooper in a bit-role as the lead transient.
|Most watch this film to see this guy.|
The professor (Victor Wong) teaches a graduate level class which discusses philosophy as it relates to the latest theories of quantum physics, specifically the manner with which our logical and familiar laws governing reality break-down at the sub-atomic level. After agreeing to assist the priest, he invites several of his best students who also include experts in radiology, biology, quantum mechanics, and ancient languages, to work with him at the abandoned church through the weekend while also securing a significant credit toward their grades.
|So... the Devil is a big glow-stick.|
As the students continue to try to discern the truth, liquid seeping from the reliquary "infects" one of the students, who proceeds to spread the infection to others. The animals and transients around the church keep the class trapped within, killing those that they catch outside on their own. Those who fall asleep have the same dream, a transmission from some time in the future showing a static image of a dark figure emerging from the church itself. The being within the reliquary has marked one of the students to be his vessel, and everyone else is either a threat (and therefore soon to be deceased) or slaves to help release the Anti-God.
|Desperately in need of Pro-Active.|