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PROPHECY - 2 Slimes
Rated R
Copyright 1979 Paramount Pictures
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Rob - Medical doctor called in to investigate claims of pollution. He does not want children.
  • Maggie - Talia Shire! (Adrian from all the Rocky movies.) Rob's wife who managed to get pregnant.
  • John Hawks - Armand Assante! Indian leader who is fighting to save their land, bear swats him for a home run.
  • Ramona - Hawk's wife who rarely talks and usually looks like a scared rabbit. Yet everyone comments on her bravery.
  • Mr. Isley - Spokesman for the papermill, eaten by the bear.
  • M'Rai - Ramona's grandfather who is senile (due to Mercury poisoning). Tries to pet the pretty bear, becomes chew toy, goes on to a better place.
  • Helicopter Pilot - Bear eats his head.
  • Campers - Food for bear, one of which is the famous "exploding sleeping bag."
  • Kataden - A huge grizzly bear mutated by Mercury poisoning.

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The Plot: 

Amazing what one or two improbable death scenes can do for a movie isn't it? I was dead certain this one would get one slime when the "exploding sleeping bag" scene arrived. Knocked it right up to a two.

Rob is a inner city doctor, treating all sorts of ailments in the slums. Here comes a management type, "We need you to go investigate a dispute in the wilderness of Maine, it's between a papermill and the indian tribes." Rob looked at the guy dumbfounded. I looked at the guy dumbfounded. It was in the script so we had no choice; that, my friends, is how you get an inner city doctor into backwoods Maine.

The indians do not want the forest cut down, arguing that the paper mill already damages the environment. The lumberjacks are certain the rash of disappearences have been caused by the Native Americans. What is happening defies logic: a huge mutated grizzly bear is loose! (In Maine - only black bears live there, check

Tempers are near boiling when our hero arrives. He figures out that something is wrong after seeing a duck eaten by a fish. Finding the partially drowned cubs of Kataden helps convince everyone else. So what does he do with it? Oh, he takes it back to camp... ...terrific idea brainiac. When momma bear comes looking for her offspring a whole bunch of people die. Rob kills the bear by STABBING it with an arrow!

Not many actors in this film deserved their title, especially Maggie. They broke the mold when they made her, to make sure there weren't any more.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Bloodhounds are related to lemmings.
  • A scene involving three mutilated corpses and a dead dog does not go well with soothing music.
  • Lumberjacks are better at planting forests than God.
  • Raccoons stick to boat oars like glue.
  • A fetus follows Darwin's Theory of Evolution during development.
  • You can hear a woman sobbing above the racket of a serious storm.
  • It's always the fat guy who gets hurt and needs to be carried ten miles through the wilderness.
  • Bearded men are resistant to crushing.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 7 mins - Yo! Adrian! (Hehehehe!)
  • 16 mins - Why is that helicopter carrying a dog in a sling?
  • 24 mins - Chainsaw versus axe fight!
  • 37 mins - What terrific acting...
  • 44 mins - That is going to be a darn big frog.
  • 55 mins - Look at her dummy. Why is your wife acting so funny? Hint: She's pregnant you daft bastard.
  • 70 mins - Getting the idea that your wife is knocked up yet? No? Okay, you are a rock...
  • 93 mins - Little nipply out here, huh Ramona?
  • 98 mins - Why is Rob using pro wrestling moves against this bear?


  • Mr. Isley: "People start disappearing, the indians spread the word that they were taken by Kataden. That's one of their legends, they call it Kataden. He he he..."

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note prophecy1.wav Hawks: "And which supreme court is that Mr. Isley?"
Mr Isely: "The Supreme Court of the United States."
Hawks: "Yes we've tried that supreme court, now we're going to one that's higher."
Green Music Note prophecy2.wav Mr. Isley: "Go on! Go test the water; we got nothing to hide!"
Green Music Note prophecy3.wav Rob: "Freakism! That's what's been going on out there, that's why there's a God damned salmon five feet long and a tadpole the size of what a bullfrog should be!"
Green Music Note prophecy4.wav Maggie: "It's not a nightmare that's going to end. It's just beginning because it's inside me."

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The one single reason you must watch this movie:

57 mins - The "exploding sleeping bag."

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Reply #17. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by natsuamoapandabear
Folks! The storyline has some interesting points to it... like the legends of the Indians. I always begin wondering when I hear those: the great spirit & everything, ya' know?
Reply #18. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Dili rikono
WOW, This movie and "Tourist Trap"(with Chuck Connors) were the two SCARIEST movies I had EVER seen when I was a kid! I had nightmares about that big, Freddy-Krueger-bear chasing me through a moonlit forest for quite sometime after. Even now, in my 30's I still get a shiver because of the scare it gave me then. That's the key with these things: Sure they look cheesey now, but hey they were made a a while back - who would have imagined "Jurassic Parrk" dinosaurs in 1978? The thing that is scary is not how clumsy they look if you stare hard enough at the screen, its to imagine, like a kid would, what it would be like if this WAS real! Leave your disbelief at the door, ignore much of the dialogue ("Its drowned! It's drowned!) and just pretend - (but still, the sleeping bag scene is kinda funny ;->  Enjoy the rampage of Kataden!  Peace, out.
Reply #19. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by slugbiker
I don't remember of the actual movies scared me that much, but I had nightmares for quite a while of a hideous creature walking on the lake bottom only to rise up and get me.  Yow!  The only other movie that scared me worse was "the Omega Man", which my dad took me and my brothers to when we were only 10.  
Reply #20. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by BeeMovies
Caught this little "Gem" at the local theater as a teen. Afternoon showing had very few patrons adding to the spooky "things go(((CRACK!))) in the deep dark woods"nature of this flick.I will not rate it based on J Frankenheimers other films as some have,instead just treating as a stand alone flick being rooted in sci-fi or horror.Check your preconceptions at the door and watch this movie at night(better on a windy,stormy ,just before camping trip planned night)with the lights low and volume high.From the opening scene this flick had me on edge,the dogs trailing "some scent" of "something" and several grisly(~:^)scares.Don't get caught up in the dialogue pertaining to warnings of eco' horrors just go with the flow of frights.Many ,very effective scenes that made me jump.This movie got under my skin in 79' and still remains there. Surfing channels recently I came accross it at the opening scene and instantly remembered it,I watched the start with the tracking hounds and had to switch channels because it was late and my wife had gone to bed.Middle aged man still frightened by this movie how pathetic.Prophecy is a classic good "B" horror movie with some "A" filming and pacing.
Reply #21. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by DamnBears
Despite the fact that most people I know feel differently, this movie still scares me whenever I watch it (and I'm 19 now).  The concept really is angry, horribly-deformed mutant bear that mauls people while they're camping?  Yeah, it's far from being realistic, and the F/X definitely needed improvement, but it's so grotesque that it frightens me just thinking about it.  

However, some of the attack scenes could have been better.  The scene where Kataden kills the camping family would have been more terrifying if they hadn't put in the "exploding sleeping bag" bit, although it was certainly scary enough as-is.  Also, the end was pretty bad (mostly because it becomes too obvious that the creature is a man in a suit).  However, the scene where the monster tears apart the camp was scary, especially when they were in the tunnel and listening to the screams of other people being mauled.  I also thought it was pretty scary when the corporate guy (the fat one) got caught by the bear while trying to slide under the fence.  

Overall, this movie still works as a scary monster film.  I don't think I'll ever be going camping again, and if I do, I'll bring along a personal armory of weaponry (including assault rifles and grenades).  
Reply #22. Posted on June 16, 2004, 08:54:55 PM by night heron
One of the dumbests looking monsters ever and why only idians should play idians and how about the homicical racoon and the salmon the size of flipper what kind of mess is this?
Reply #23. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Ethan Williamson
I actually thought that Prophecy had awesome potenial, it just wasn't executed properly. It probably could of been more then just a bad 70s movie and become a good horror classic. John Frankenhiemer did the Manchurian Candidate and it was good, Prophecy was not, but's still a movie I watch with friends, I do like it!
Reply #24. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Repoman
Around our house we call that Grizzly "Fishbear"...and he has been a favorite "Junk" movie monster for a long time!

  we really do get a kick out of watching the movie every now and then.  If you go into it chearing for Fishbear it isn't so bad.
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