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Prophecy: The Monster Movie (1979)

Talia Shire , Robert Foxworth , John Frankenheimer  |  PG |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Talia Shire, Robert Foxworth, Armand Assante, Richard Dysart, Victoria Racimo
  • Directors: John Frankenheimer
  • Writers: David Seltzer
  • Producers: Robert L. Rosen
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2002
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005RDAI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,988 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Prophecy: The Monster Movie" on IMDb

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John Frankenheimer updates the mutant-monster films of the 1950s with a modern environmental twist in this well-meaning but cliché-ridden late-'70s horror film. Robert Foxworth is so earnest it hurts as a rabble-rousing ghetto doctor who packs up his pregnant wife (Talia Shire) and heads out to the Maine woods to investigate claims of environmental pollution. That's the least of his concerns when a gooey mutant grizzly goes on the rampage and he joins forces with Native American activist Armand Assante (wearing his humorless resolve like war paint) to get out of the woods. Frankenheimer is a good director saddled with a bad, blunt script, and like a pro he delivers the requisite gore and even racks up the tension in a terrific opening chase. But even he can't overcome the clumsiest collection of deformed woodland creatures to claw their way through a monster movie. --Sean Axmaker

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A doctor investigating the environmental impact of the logging industry find a mutant which is responsible for a series of bizarre deaths.
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Street Release Date: 01/08/2002

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What�s that Huffing Sound in the Woods? February 6, 2004
By John IV
I first saw Prophecy as a 10 year old in 1979 and it scared the ** out of me and caused nightmares for a few months. Looking back after seeing it again today, the shambling mutant bear doesn't pack quite the same punch effects wise; but this is still a decent horror flick. The Mambo King plays an Indian and Adrian is the weak pregnant wife along for the ride as a inner-city class conscious doctor attempts to study the environment in Maine and gets wrapped up in a tribal dispute with the local paper mill who has been logging near the village and yes, dumping mercury into the water supply for the last 20 years. This of course has an adverse affect on the flora and fauna, not the least of which is the 12 foot bear that is now chomping down on would be hikers. The exploding sleeping bag w/ feathers floating down is still an image that stays with you, as is the bear slowly sinking across the foggy water trudging towards its victims. The woodland setting is beautiful and Dysart makes a nice company man villain. A nice afternoon time killer.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1979's "Prophecy" (not to be confused with the "The Prophecy" series that started in the mid-90s) is an 'envirornmental destruction'-based horror movie that does a fine job of being both an 'issues film' and a great horror stories. It's set against the backdrop of deep forest territory where a logging company and the land's traditional Native American inhabitants are at odds over who really owns the land, and where tensions are fast mounting towards violence. A husband-and-wife team sent in to do an envirornmental assesment - more as an effort on the part of the authorities to stall and give things a chance to cool down than because they want any more studies - serve as the main point-of-view characters. Severely heightening the stress are a couple of unsolved disappearances in the woods over the last couple of months, which the company is openly accusing the natives of being responsible for.

It's readily apparent that something more than a couple of renegade protesters is behind the disappearances, but "Prophecy" doesn't rush right into it, letting its story and characters play out in other directions for a while before bringing in the more frightful elements when the time is right. Some would probably say the portrayal of the tribe is stereotypical; I really don't think it was. If it moves a tad in the direction of generalizations once or twice, it can be overlooked because its intentions are clearly in the right place.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mutant bears in the woods of Maine, oh my! January 23, 2006
I saw this several times when it came out in the theater and I recently bought it on DVD. I don't understand how monster movie fans could not like this film. The monster looks pretty cool, even though it is shown too much towards the end. And how can people have reviewed it and complained that it spared too many characters? I can think of several who come to particularly nasty endings! This has always been one of my favorite movies and I think people who claim it is heavy-handed and tries to sell a "message" are over-reacting and trying to display a dismaying "i'm too hip to do anything but mock the 70's" attitude towards the supposedly far-fetched basis for the monstrosities at loose in the woods; on the contrary I always thought PROPHECY posited a rather plausible explanation for the deformities seen in the monsters. I have seen photos of the same kind of genetic damage from Minamata, Japan, caused by the same kind of industrial pollution. And I grew up in the Pacific Northwest in a definite logging industry environment and that has always made this movie resonate with me. So count me as one of the defiant few who not only sees nothing wrong with this movie--across the board--the acting is all first rate--especially Robert Foxworth, who gives a truly committed performance--but thinks it is a classic! To me, this is the ultimate monster movie from the 1970's.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
I've been watching this horror film epic a lot more lately, and I have accordingly removed it from the 'bad crap' list onto the 'good crap' list, because it has begun to grow on me. Prophecy has the virtue of presenting the fakest monster I have ever seen: Horribly transformed by a mutagenic agent derived from mercury-exposure, a bear has become a thundering and bloodthirsty 25 foot-tall monster!

At the beginning of the movie, a sanctimonious EPA investigator is recruited and dispatched to a local forest region to help calm a skirmish between the Indian populace and a draconian lumber mill outfit. Almost immediately, the EPA guy, Dr. Robert Verne, and Verne's wife Maggie (worried because she's pregnant and is afraid to tell her husband) are exposed to the reckless tactics of the Indians firsthand; one such tactic involves stringing a chain across the only road to the lumber mill. A much more effective tactic, in the long term, is the gigantic mercury-spawned bear, a violent and horrifying entity whom the locals have named Kataden. Kataden has recently set about the task of stalking the lumber mill workers and tearing them apart; early on an entire scout party is ambushed and massacred in the blackness of night. It should be noted, meanwhile, that Kataden, despite being a cardboard-stiff gigantic latex rubber bear puppet, despite the fact that she seemingly always walks erect, is 80% faster than even the most desperate human victim and can evidently cover eighty miles in less than twenty minutes.

Dr. Verne and Maggie, along with representatives of both the the lumber mill and the Indian Tribe, are stranded miles deep in the woods and left completely vulnerable to Kataden's predatory wiles.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Can't say what region I want so no good to me
Published 10 days ago by June Rivett
4.0 out of 5 stars an environmental warning
This horror film is actually a pointed warning about the hazards of pollution and mutations. One such mutant wreaks havoc when its forest is invaded and the river poisoned by a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Viva
3.0 out of 5 stars Ecology gone wild
First and foremost, this is a PG-Rated film, but you would not notice due to the level of violence (including a decapitation) that is on view. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Fred Adelman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
This movie still sends chills up my spine. I loved it when I was a kid and I still love it as an adult. Super thriller movie.
Published 3 months ago by Walter Jalube
4.0 out of 5 stars good
good movie been year since I last saw this movie .will look foreword to finding some old movies like this one
Published 4 months ago by STEPHEN H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Teenage Boys Loved It And I Liked It Too
It's one of those "must see again and again" movies. My kids (older) liked the movie and so did I.
Published 4 months ago by B. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars gift
I love buying these movies, I got a lot of moves and im buying to replace a lot we lost in our moving
Published 5 months ago by david carter
4.0 out of 5 stars Industry Creates Horror
I remember seeing this movie in the Drive-in. It brought back memories of an easier more carefree time of life. Cheesy, but what wasn't back in the 70's and 80's. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Charles Elizaldi
5.0 out of 5 stars A scary Prophecy for our future
Sci- fi that hits very close to Home. A poinient story of what damage to the earth can result in. Mutated animals and God forgive us Babies. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Robert Hennessy
3.0 out of 5 stars Scarier than "Alien"?
"Prophecy" is a forgotten eco-horror film from 1979. Back then, some people considered it to be more scary than "Alien". Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ashtar Command
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