6.6/10
25,054
194 user 57 critic

The Prophecy (1995)

The angel Gabriel comes to Earth to collect a soul which will end the stalemated war in Heaven, and only a former priest and a little girl can stop him.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Prophecy II (Video 1998)
Fantasy | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Gabriel returns to try to destroy the human race he despises so much, with the help of a suicidal teen and the opposition of the angel Danyael.

Director: Greg Spence
Stars: Christopher Walken, Russell Wong, Jennifer Beals
Fantasy | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A nephilim (half-man/half-angel), guided by visions and aided by the ex-arch angel Gabriel, finds himself hunted and forced to confront Pyriel, the Angel of Genocide.

Director: Patrick Lussier
Stars: Christopher Walken, Vincent Spano, Dave Buzzotta
The Prophecy: Uprising (Video 2005)
Thriller | Action | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A woman must protect an ancient manuscript from renegade angels.

Director: Joel Soisson
Stars: John Light, Sean Pertwee, Dan Chiriac
The Prophecy: Forsaken (Video 2005)
Fantasy | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Allison, the new guardian to the ancient manuscript, continues to try to protect it from another group of renegade angels bent on bringing on the end of the world.

Director: Joel Soisson
Stars: Boris Petroff, Kari Wuhrer, Daria Ciobanu
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Mary (as Moriah Shining Dove Snyder)
...
...
J.C. Quinn ...
Emma Shenah ...
Albert Nelson ...
Shawn Nelson ...
Indian Healer
Emily Conforto ...
Sioux-z Jessup ...
Edit

Storyline

"Some people lose their faith because Heaven shows them too little," says Thomas Daggett. "But how many people lose their faith because Heaven showed them too much?" Daggett nearly became a priest; now he's a cop. He may want to put religion behind him, but one morning a weird, eyeless, hermaphroditic corpse turns up. Suddenly he is on a path that will put him right in the middle of a war in Heaven. And once again, Heaven will show him too much: gore, blood, charred flesh, living corpses and much worse. Even more central to the heavenly war effort is a young girl. This American Indian child has something Gabriel wants. And Gabriel is willing to kill her and anyone in his path - or even reanimate a corpse or two - to get it. Written by J. Spurlin

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Dagget consults the most unlikely of sources for advice. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and gore, and for some language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1 September 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Seraphim  »

Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$16,115,878 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In a bit of truly inspired foreshadowing, in 1993, two years before this film's release, Christopher Walken played an eerily similar role to that of his portrayal of the Archangel Gabriel in The Prophecy. In the Madonna video for the song "Bad Girl" (from her album "Erotica"), Walken plays the Angel of Death who silently follows a woman (Madonna) as she is being destroyed by her lifestyle. Though there is no speaking part, his mannerisms and look are strikingly similar to his later depiction of Gabriel - even down to his slicked back hair, pale complexion and mostly black wardrobe. See more »

Goofs

As Thomas looks through Hawthorne's press clippings, a zoom-in shows that in the text of one of the articles, the word "preliminary" is spelled "perliminary". Also, there are two non-existent words: "Presidentedly" and "heruman". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Simon: I remember the First War, the way the sky burned, the faces of angels destroyed. I saw a third of Heaven's legion banished and the creation of Hell. I stood with my brothers and watched Lucifer Fall. But now my brothers are not brothers, and we have come here where we are mortal to steal the Dark Soul, not yet Lucifer's, to serve our cause. I have always obeyed, but I never thought the War would happen again.
See more »


Soundtracks

Surf N' Turf
Written and Performed by Dennis Michael Tenney (BMI)
Published by Psycho Babel Music (BMI)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
The 23rd chapter of the St John's revelations........
14 June 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

.......and there rose a second war in heaven.

Gabriel is a rogue angel intent on capturing the black soul of a recently deceased war criminal general. Standing in his way is the good angel Simon, who hides the soul in a child, a couple of honest citizens, and Lucifer himself, who has his own vested interest in proceedings.

Largely ignored on release, and badly marketed as a horror film, The Prophecy, in this day and age of torture porn and slasher overkill, is crying out to be seen more by a jaded horror audience. For it be a film that has an interesting theological heart, that matches its daring and deeply provocative ideas. Here is a film that adds another chapter to the bible, the result being a battle for a soul on Earth that will have major repercussions for both heaven and hell. Gabriel (Christopher Walken) is even (poignantly some might say) using would-be-suicides as his unwilling helpers, their paths to peace blocked by Gabriel in his cunningly crafted intentions-yes this is pretty tight stuff indeed.

Flecked with the odd bit of humour (zip code wise cracks for heaven and hell), Gregory Widen's film perhaps is guilty of not fully realising end of the world promise. But this is a minor itch come the finale, because really the picture should be judged as one complete and intelligent whole. Cast wise you will search in vain for a weak link, because there simply isn't one. Walken is suitably gargoyle like, slick black hair and pasty faced, he induces fear whilst simultaneously charming the beejesus out of the humans, re: talking monkeys. Elias Koteas (a candidate for most undervalued actor of his generation), Virginia Madsen, Adam Goldberg (suicide Jerry), Amanda Plummer (suicide Rachael), Eric Stoltz (Simon) and Viggo Mortensen (Lucifer), all deliver top line performances to ensure the piece lives up to its billing as one of the best acted cult films from the 90s.

It had enough support to warrant a direct to video franchise, with mixed results following each subsequent sequel. But it's here where it matters, a fine film that deserves far better than the bad reputation it gets from those who expected a straight out horror film. I urge anyone who hasn't seen it to give it a go, open your mind and hope Gabriel doesn't come a wandering in. 8/10


15 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?