Poking around in a church cellar, a priest (Donald Pleasence) finds an otherworldly vial filled with slime. Frightened, he brings his discovery to a circle of top scholars and scientists, who eventually learn that the strange liquid is the essence of Satan. The slime then begins to seep out, turning some of the academics into zombified killers. As the possessed battle the survivors, student Kelly (Susan Blanchard) is infected by a large quantity of the liquid and becomes Satan personified.
The second film that some call part of John Carpenter’s Apocalypse trilogy. The first being The Thing, and third being In the Mouth of Madness; despite none of the movies having any sort of link between the three.
I was around 12 or 13 when this film came out’ and despite already being de-sensitized towards horror movies this one stuck with me as one of my favorites. I’ll admit; the dream sequences within the movie were pretty creepy, along with the demonic sound editing used for some of the possessed/zombie characters.
If you’re a fan of the usual jump scares that seem to plague most modern horrors; there’s a few spread throughout the film. If you’re a fan of Carpenters or just appreciate a good Ol’ fashioned Satanic ritual; the I highly recommend this film.
Alice Cooper ramming a broken bicycle through someone 10/10
Overall creepiness: 6/10
Should you watch? 8/10