Prophecy (1979)

PG  |   |  Sci-Fi, Horror  |  22 August 1979 (France)
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A log company's waste mutates the environment, creating a giant killer bear-monster.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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A Savage beast, grown to monstrous size and driven mad by toxic wastes that are poisoning the waters, spreads terror and death on a Maine countryside. Written by <>

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22 August 1979 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Prophecy: The Monster Movie  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Debuted stateside in June 1979 which was the same month that Ridley Scott's Alien (1979) premiered in the USA. See more »


In the opening sequence, the dog can be seen to be hanging over 40 feet above the ground. Yet the bear (unseen) manages to pluck it down, despite clearly being too short in later scenes. See more »


Maggie Verne: Here try this.
[back at the cabin Maggie makes the fish that the Doctor caught during the day and waits for him to have some]
Dr. Robert Verne: Aphrodesia.
[Dr. Verne OK's the fish after a good taste test]
Maggie Verne: You think you can catch some more.
Dr. Robert Verne: Are you kidding. I'm one of the World's great fisherman.
Maggie Verne: Well you do the fishing and I'll do the eating.
Dr. Robert Verne: Sounds like a good relationship.
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underrated, generally.
15 February 2003 | by (Atlanta, GA) – See all my reviews

I saw this picture on Betamax in '81 or '82 and it really got under my skin. Frankenheimer's monster movie is partly responsible for me getting into the business (along with Jaws, Alien, Raiders, Blade Runner, not that I'm really inviting such comparisons). I actually had occasion to have a smoke and chat briefly with Robert Foxworth about the making of the picture when I was grip on a made-for-TV suspense pic in Atlanta. He was approachable, friendly and enjoyed talking about that show. He said that they had lost a stunt driver, and narrowly escaped losing a cast member or two when their first construction truck/picture car (the 4wd monster truck our ensemble try to escape in) took a dive off a cliff. They had to scramble to find another one and finish the picture. RF also said that Frankenheimer was an accomplished chef and had occasionally treated the DP and Cast to gourmet meals.

Prophecy is now on DVD, presented the way it was originally shot. I think I bought my copy for less than $15. All of the criticisms of this film are true, and it does not belong in the first Frankenheimer potential box set with "The Train," "Manchurian Candidate," and "Seven Days in May." But with this marginal script and genre, bound together with a tired, preachy and inaccurate environmental message, Frankenheimer managed to put together a monster picture that has surprisingly stout legs. Remember, Paramount released this monster muppet against "Alien," arguably the best film of its kind ever made. The monster grizzly is enraged, frightening and unpredictable. It is key to the film's suspense. If the Emmerich/Devlin team gave 'Zilla the same qualities, suddenly that film is worth watching for more than the effects. Prophecy had virtually no effects by today's standards. They had to make up for this with shooting and editing; a.k.a. conventional, hand-crafted filmmaking. I may indeed be prejudiced, but I still like this movie with all of its problems.

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