Prophecy (1979) - Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

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A log company's waste mutates the environment, creating a giant killer bear-monster.

IMDB: 5.5
Director: John Frankenheimer
Stars: Talia Shire, Robert Foxworth
Length: 102 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 19 out of 80 found boring (23.75%)

One-line Reviews (60)

this is probably one of the worst movies to ever come out of the early 80's monster movie craze.

And Talia Shire's eye-bugging and whining got pretty tiresome after a while as well.

If the Emmerich/Devlin team gave 'Zilla the same qualities, suddenly that film is worth watching for more than the effects.

A pretty entertaining Sunday afternoon movie if you don't have too high demands.

Director John Frankenheimer's Prophecy is not only guilty of this ridiculous politically correct reversal of stereotypes, but it fails to offer horror fans much to get excited about: the plot is predictable eco-warrior garbage, there is little to no gore, and the monster is utterly laughable.

Prophecy is, at best, a) a departure for John Frankenheimer, b) a 70's horror movie with a social conscience and, c) not withstanding amateurish special effects, predictable dialogue and long-view shots of Talia Shire looking petrified beyond speech, an actually entertaining, somewhat surprisingly satisfying film.

"Prophecy" begins extremely well, with an intense chase sequence at night, and delivers some good moments as it plays out.

If anyone deserved a pretentious title, it was him.

A dull eco-horror story that is laughable instead of scary.

The novel created an intelligent, often compelling case for early environmentalism and the frightening consequences of doing nothing in light of the dangerous contamination of the Earth.

And that uproarious final shot plays like the perfectly pitiful punchline to a delightfully drawn-out cinematic shaggy dog joke.

What follows is a slow burn toward our big monster reveal, which was a huge secret at the time, as the film had tight security, barring even studio personnel from the set.

) and the intellectual concept gradually becomes replaced with mundane and unspectacular monster-chasing-men-through-the-woods sequences.

There are quite a few memorable scenes, like when the Natives block a forest road culminating in an intense stand-off with the paper mill personnel, chain saw and all.

The movie ends up with the obligatory "unexpected" trick :it's not over when you think...


While I am not gonna sit here and call this a good film, I do think it's very entertaining and to reiterate, the cast really does add value to what could've been irredeemable schlock.

This is a film which inhabits the same ecological disaster type territory as LONG WEEKEND and FROGS, and proves to be just as entertaining: the story of a mutated bear-creature rampaging in the woods as a result of industrial pollution is a good one, and PROPHECY never disappoints.

Both Harry Stradling, Jr.'s slick photography and Leonard Rosenman's lively, thrilling score are up to par.

There is minimal gore, but the tone of the film is relatively intense and serious, with a violent undercurrent that is more implied than expressive and adds to some well mounted terror sequences.

What a pretentious title for a run-of-the-mill monster-on-the-loose movie.

When we finally saw it at the theater, I walked out feeling kind of "eH".

The last 30 minutes of this film plays as a suspenseful chase scene as the six survivors are chased through a forest and across a lake, ultimately barracading themselves in a log cabin.

The worst movie ever made .

Robert Foxworth and Talie Shire make for genuinely engaging leads while some of the secondary characters are unusually complex and well-drawn.

The surprisingly heavyweight cast chew their portentous dialogue and the film rolls forward without ever really picking up steam; Frankenheimer's camera never really lets the Canadian (standing in for Maine) forest locations live and breathe, seemingly finding the natural contours and colours less appealing or logical than the man-made structures of his better work, which means the film is unable to generate sufficient atmosphere to make the predictable appearances of the Beast actually exciting, and the climax is bungled by both an ineffective buildup, janky pacing and an ultimately unbelievable ending.

The politically correct idea of showing the pollution of a paper industry is one of the worst movies of this director.

One of the things about this film I've always found fascinating is it takes place not far from where I live.

If this were a 'serious' movie, it would have been worth of at least a nomination, and the chainsaw/axe duel is intense.

Usually the message is trite and buried over a more action packed story which in turn buries he kernal of what the disaster is about.

I would also add that it's pretty intense for it's PG rating!

It was boring and the scary parts were just laughable.

It was really entertaining.

I don't dwell on plot in my reviews; I like to talk about what makes the movie worth expending your precious minutes or not, so here is what one geek loves about this silly, fun flick: Even with the overly intense performances, the Marcus Welby music, the clichéd-to-the-point-of-exasperation mean, old corporate polluters, the fact that Talia Shire's face seems to be melting off her head (cheap shot, I know), and the monster--think of Shaq in latex, p.

That would've been a more intriguing ending than what was doled on me.

The whole Indian subplot and other things though really slow this one down.

Armand Assante, (in another trade mark ethnic role) plays' an Indian who is not one bit pleased with the treatment of his people, Richard Dysart, play's the slimy mill Boss, Entertaining stuff!

The monster grizzly is enraged, frightening and unpredictable.

Director Frankenheimer tries his best to make this an artsy-fartsy "significant" movie but any hope he had is undercut by David Seltzer's pretentious script.

By no means a good movie, but a very enjoyable and strangely endearing bad one .

"Prophecy" isn't especially prophetic, but it is entertaining, and easy to absorb on a basic level.

Of course, many of the things are mish-mashed and thrown together, but for all intensive purposes, it works.

Talia Shire spends much of the film looking bored and spends the final moments appearing as though on the verge of slipping into a Valium-induced coma.

When the monster isn't attacking, it's yawn city, with Robert Foxworth pontificating endlessly to the point where, even though I agreed with every word he said, I wanted to bash his face in.

It's predictable that a number of people disliked this movie because of its ecological tone, and I wish we could ship them to another planet to ruin in isolation.

"Prophecy" is decently entertaining.

Each scene ends and begins in a dissolve, there's no suspense to be had, the acting is atrocious and the music by Leonard Rosenman is so heavy handed, it's unbearable.

There were side plots and character development throughout the whole film and with tension building, it was very suspenseful.

An enjoyable way to spend a Saturday evening, and a crying shame that for most viewers it's now a distant memory.

For the last thirty minutes of this film, I was on the edge of my seat screaming "RUN!

Prophecy is the worst movie ever made.

The creature effects by the Burman studio may well be a source of amusement for the viewer, even in attack scenes that should be exciting and scary.

Enjoyable 'B' Movie With An 'A' Budget.

The only problem I may have with the movie is gets slow at one point .

It's a shame that these entertaining moments and a lively climatic battle still can't save this film from being one of the lesser nature-revenge films.

I gotta admit, its entertaining, and some parts ARE genuinely scary.

I've seen it a few times since then and enjoyed it every time.

Horrible effects when it comes to the monster, bland acting, and mediocre dialogue really hurt this movie from reaching its potential.

It is kept in wraps throughout the film, making up for some genuinely suspenseful scenes.

Another potent sequence is when Foxworth investigates the paper mill and has an intense discussion/argument with the mill boss.