18. Prince of Darkness

18. Prince of Darkness (1987). The second film in John Carpenter’s Apocalypse Trilogy follows a university research team investigating a bottle of liquid Satan under an abandoned church. This is urban horror, religious horror, and cosmic horror rolled into one, with disgusting special effects, an atmosphere of hopeless, pure dread, and dream (?) sequences that, despite being just grainy footage of a figure in a dark robe emerging from a church, somehow become something truly terrifying. Donald Pleasance and Victor Wong steal the show, and noted Evangelical Christian Alice Cooper makes a few appearances (primarily on the poster).

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