Monday, November 16, 2009

Prophecy (1979)

Here is a film with a strong environmental message that manages to be smart and entertaining without being overbearing. A philanthropic doctor is enlisted to study a remote forest in Maine to be the deciding factor in whether the land will be left to the Natives or turned over to the logging community. What he discovers is that mutagens in the water are corrupting all of the living organisms and people of the land, and have unleashed a monstrous beast that is exacting Mother Nature's revenge! What would normally be an issue that is far removed from most people's lives is brought home when the doctor's wife and unborn fetus are potentially afflicted by the deadly Mercury poisoning after eating the local fish. With competent acting from each of the leads (including Robert Foxworth and Armand Assante), the film builds on a serious and alarming foundation, which is then taken to a silly extreme with the giant mutant bear that gores its way through the forest's transgressors. With moderate gore and FX work, this definitely makes for a fun little monster flick, but what detracts from it more than anything is the slow pace and lengthy cat and mouse chases in the third act. PROPHECY comes in at a solid C, worth at least a single view!

Rating: 7/10.
Gore: 5/10.
Number of views: 1.



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7 comments:

  1. I remember seeing the cover on many trips to the video store but never got around to watching it. It's got a very catchy cover.

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  2. I thought the same, got it for a buck finally after deleting it from many a wishlist over the years, its as fun as a killer mutant bear environmental Horror film can be =D

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  3. In the first line of your review you state that the environmental message is not "overbearing". I beg to differ; PROPHECY is indeed over*BEAR*ing. Hahahahaha.

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  4. You reviewed 'Prophecy' without mentioning a couple of the famous parts:

    -The fish that eats the duck.
    -The overuse of jump scares in the finale.
    -The person in a sleeping bag who gets thrown into a tree and has feathers fly out of him.

    Oh well, that's why people with OCD like me are around, I guess.

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  5. I only saw it once, and dont plan on revisiting it. It just didnt work for me.

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  6. I was going to use "while being bearing" instead of "without being overbearing," but I thought the humor would be lost to anyone that wasnt familiar with the film lol..

    Some of the goodies were lost in the trim trying to keep the review as short and concise as possible, but I will say that the sleeping bag gag will make its way on to Great Moments in Horror shortly..

    Once seems like a good, rounded, and fair number of views for this one Franco, if it wasnt for the fact that I want to get my full $1s worth, I might not watch it again in the future.

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  7. this movie and to a lesser extent Grizzly made me hate bears when I was a kid. I haven't seen it since then but i distinctly remember a guy getting stuck and a bear tearing the ass off of him.

    being a chubby kid it really left a mark.

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