The Prophecy (1979) Movie Review

The Prophecy (1979)

1979 | Horror, Sci-Fi
102 minutes /

User Score: 71/100

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The Prophecy Review


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

The Prophecy (1979) is an American science fiction horror that was entertaining to a point. Director John Frankenheimer (Ronin (1998), The Manchurian Candidate (1962), Reindeer Games (2000), The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)) did an okay job with this movie but I felt that it had potential to be something great. The movie had a slow pace that makes a snail look like a champ in a running contest. There was not much suspense, and the scares were way too obvious. The actors did a poor job portraying their characters. The special effects were, in fact, the best thing about the movie - now that is scary.

The Prophecy revolves around an environmental agent Dr. Robert Verne (Robert Foxworth) and his wife Maggie (Talia Shire) filing a report on a paper mill in the river. The paper mill’s waste might be the reason local bears are being mutated and is running a rampant in forest. The movie did not take long to introduce us to Dr. Robert Verne (Robert Foxworth - Falcon Crest (1981), Syriana (2005), Transformers (2007), Damien: Omen II (1978)) who works for the Environmental Protection Agency. Dr. Robert has been assigned to write a report on a logging operation because the loggers and the local American Indian "Opie’s" are having disputes. The loggers reside in Maine near the Androscoggin River. Dr. Roberts pregnant wife Maggie (Talia Shire - Rocky (1976), The Godfather: Part II (1974), The Godfather (1972), The Godfather: Part III (1990)) insist on accompanying him on his assignment. Maggie did not tell Dr. Robert that he is about to be a father because he does not want kids.

Dr. Robert and his wife met many people including their tour guide Bethel Isely (Richard A. Dysart - The Thing (1982), Back to the Future Part III (1990), L.A. Law (1986), Castle in the Sky (1986)) who is also the director of the paper mill. Bethel fills them in on everything that has been happening and told them that a vengeful, evil spirit named Katahdin who resides in the forest is awakened because of the loggers activities. Dr. Roberts and his wife are in for a ride of a lifetime as they saw things that they never saw before. Some of those things is a salmon devouring a duck, a psychotic raccoon attacking them in their cabin, mutated bears, stillbirths, mental illness and birth defects. Something is wrong and they have to solve the mystery before it is too late. The bears are killing people, and Dr. Robert is running out of time. Will he find out about his wife being pregnant? Will Maggie’s unborn child be affected?

About The Prophecy (1979)

Title: The Prophecy
Original Title: Prophecy: The Monster Movie
AKA: Prophecy
Year: 1979
Runtime: 102 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Score: 2 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.55/5 stars from 7 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 7
Starring: Robert Foxworth, Kevin Peter Hall, Tom McFadden, Bob Terhune, Richard Dysart, Johnny Timko, Burke Byrnes, Eric Mansker, Evans Evans, Tom May, Mia Bendixsen, Everett Creach, Charles H. Gray, Lyvingston Holmes, Graham Jarvis, Armand Assante, Jim Burk, Lon Katzman, Steve Shemayne, John A. Shemayme, Jaye Durkus, Renato Moore, Mel Waters, Talia Shire, Roosevelt Smith, Victoria Racimo, Cheri Bergen, George Clutesi, Clifford Hutchison
Writers: David Seltzer
Director: John Frankenheimer

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