June 15, 1979
Talia Shire as Maggie Verne
Robert Foxworth as Dr. Robert Verne
Armand Assante as John Hawks
Richard Dysart as Isley
Victoria Racimo as Ramona Hawks
Do you like Bears? Actually, as I’m addressing horror freaks, I should say do you like killer bears? Hell yes, you do! How about weird mutants? Yes? How about giant killer mutant bears? Never seen a movie like that? Well then, maybe you should rush out and find Prophecy, an older horror movie chock full of mutated madness!
When I first picked up this DVD, I noticed the holier than thou tagline “The Monster Movie”. It’s pretty ballsy to put a statement like that on your product. I was immediately intrigued and picked the film up, seeing if it would live up to its own bigheaded hype. What I found in Prophecyis really a damn good monster movie, though not the best as the tagline leads you to believe. Still, this film is highly enjoyable due to its late-70s campiness and puppetry.
Prophecy is about a married couple (The wife is Talia Shire of Rocky fame) from The E.P.A. (or as Marge Simpson would say, “Epa!!, Epa!!) who travel to the woods of Maine to investigate the impact of the local logging industry on the surrounding environment. During the investigation, obviously, the mill operators come off as smarmy and seem to be covering up certain chemical concerns. Soon it becomes apparent that they have been dumping chemicals into the water, mutating the fish, which are eaten by other animals that are in turn mutated. Following so far? Ok. This is where the fun starts!
Soon, after finding an injured baby mutated bear and taking it back as proof of the chemical mutations, the couple run into the angry mutated Mama Bear… it is Huuuuuuge… and extremely pissed and will not let them leave the woods!
Pretty soon the giant mutant bear begins a full-on human hunt for the cast, including Armand Assante as the lead American Indian hunter in the movie (yes, he does play an Indian! Don’t worry, if you can suspend that disbelief for a while, his role isn’t that bad at all). The pace picks up heavily, the body count mounts ever higher and this becomes a really exciting horror movie up until the end.
All in all I was thoroughly entertained by Prophecy. It may not be the best monster movie ever, but it is a good way to spend an hour and a half. There are quite a few shocking moments throughout and it comes off as like Alien in the forest. Yes, the bear puppetry and effects look kind of hokey and a bit off nowadays, but, as with Assante as an Indian, if you can try not to think too much about it,
Prophecy is Mutated Nature Gone Wild, and the environmentally un-friendly actions of an evil logging company create a monster that will not stop until humans are extinct.