Hey everybody, I have a question about the name of a horror movie I can't remember the name of. Maybe somone knows which one I'm talking about.
All I can remember is that these scientists were able to "capture" evil, or Satan/the Devil, something like that.
They had it contained in this, um, big glass cylinder, maybe 12 feet tall, 4 feet across.
I remember Evil moved about in this container, looked gel like, I think it glowed. It kept streaming upwards, I guess trying to get out.
It was scary as ****. I didn't watch the whole thing though.
I read chai2's post just today.
Chai2, here's the answer to your question: Prince of Darkness
(1987), directed by John Carpenter (who also wrote the script and composed the soundtrack as well).
The swirling green contents of the glass cylinder are liquid Satan (I kid you not), who has a Daddy
in another dimension.
The academic characters in the movie were not the ones who had captured Satan in the cylinder. Now, I haven't seen the movie since the early 1990s at the latest; but if my memory serves me correctly, Satan had been captured in ancient times by space aliens. To me the whole premise was a bit silly, but I thought the special effects (including the juicy deaths) and the soundtrack were great.
And here's a nifty bonus: Alice Cooper plays a possessed street person!
Worth a look if you don't mind the language.