I just had the pleasure of seeing John Carpenter perform his music live last night (on Halloween nonetheless) for the second time in 2 years. And just like the first time, when I walked away from the concert I thought about one of his movies. And thinking about that movie made me think about an old lady with scissors in her hand. And it also made me think about a bunch of black beetles, but my thoughts had nothing to do with a mannequin challenge. What the hell am I babbling about? Well, this clip from Prince Of Darkness of course!
Prince Of Darkness is probably my favorite ‘least favorite’ John Carpenter movie. The plot and pacing is all over the place. But it has Alice Cooper in it. And it also has the clip above and many more like it that honestly rank up there with Carpenter’s creepiest throughout his career. This clip with the old lady attacking that poor bastard with the scissors definitely has an Argento vibe to me (the close up on the scissors before they strike down), even though I feel there should have been more blood on the scissors – but I digress. Nitpicking is an art.
The point is, that I think every time I do watch Prince Of Darkness – I like it more. It’s a grower, and not an immediate shower for me. Oh – and go check out Mr. Carpenter on his current tour supporting is new Anthology album. Where else are you going to hear the theme from Vampires live, after all?
I’ve got super good news for you if you have a fascination or fetish with black beetles! When it comes to scenes from horror movies that give me the creeps, I can usually count on anything associated with a numerous amount bugs to do the trick. So a big thank you and also a big fuck you to John Carpenter’s 1987 flick, Prince Of Darkness is in order. Although the movie as a whole is hit-or-miss, there are a ton of creepy scenes to make your skin crawl. None more so than the moment below when Wyndham (Robert Grasmere) returns from the dead with a disturbing auto-tuned voice and a bunch of beetle friends in tow.
Wow – his head just literally rolled right off, huh? Well, I guess if I was a walking corpse with thousands of beetles inhabiting my body, my head probably wouldn’t stand a chance of remaining intact either. Not only do the bugs creep me out, but when Wyndham says “Pray for death…..“, I feel the urge to urinate in my pants a little. Being that Halloween is upon us, Prince Of Darkness is definitely required viewing on the night of October 31st. Scream Factory recently released an amazing Blu-ray version with loads of extras, so get on over to their site and grab it if you want. Now, because you’ve been good throughout the post, I’ll tease you with half of Jameson Parker’s mustache from the movie.