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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.

Buy It!

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 Bears.org.)

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?

Quotes: 

  • 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 

FileDialog
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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Re: Prophecy
Reply #41. Posted on December 14, 2007, 12:38:28 PM by Giant Claw Jr
You see this movie and you wonder WHAT WERE THEY TAKING WHEN THEY MADE  IT I mean its got to be one of the worse of those eco-wack movies even as bad as FROGS
Re: Prophecy
Reply #42. Posted on December 14, 2007, 10:09:44 PM by Dave M
Someone probably already mentioned this, but the saying for that evolutionary/embryology thing is "Ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny". That's pretty fun to say.
Re: Prophecy
Reply #43. Posted on December 15, 2007, 12:31:45 PM by onionhead
To bring up an earlier post, Dr Robert Verne was played by Robert Foxworth, while Robert Reed played the kindly, likewise frazzie-headed Mike Brady in The Brady Bunch--it was the decade of bad dad hair, I guess.
Anyway, this is one of my favorite guilty pleasures--certainly not one of Armand Assante's shining moments as John Hawk, and Talia Shire is pathetic.  Richard Dysart has the most fun with the script, it seems--I love his death sequence, trapped beneath the fencing and wailing as the mutant bear decends.  The whole of it is served up as seriously as a heart attack, which makes it all the more enjoyable.  This is one of the best of the worst of the best, iffyaknowwhaddahmean.
Re: Prophecy
Reply #44. Posted on December 28, 2007, 07:50:16 AM by Kooshmeister
Isley's death scene is one of the funniest things in bad movie history, for two reasons:

1. When he's shrieking you can see all of Richard Dysart's silver fillings.

2. It's quite obvious where the bear bites 'im.
Re: Prophecy
Reply #45. Posted on February 17, 2008, 09:00:23 AM by Svanhof
This is movie is quite perplexing yet funny, in that it makes no sense at all. The simple fact that a medical doctor, whos goal is saving the starving people in the poor quarters, gets dragged away from his noble cause to investigate a case about pollution in a forest beset by seemingly drunk indians sounds like a plot for a movie shown only after midnight on "The B-Movie Channel". Yet I've grown to like this film to some extent based on that fact that for all the weirdness and randomness thrown in, it IS funny. I literally laughed for most of the time when watching this s**tacular piece of cinematogrophy because of the stupid things it throws at the viewer with a perfectly serious manner.

Definetely worth a watch if you are bored and want a good laugh; but only if don't have anything better to do. Like brushing your teeth or something.
Re: Prophecy
Reply #46. Posted on August 10, 2008, 09:15:22 PM by Ryan P.
I'm proud to have been scared s**tless by this movie.  I was 9 years old when I saw it and like the first post, I too lay frozen, sweaty and terrified in my bed for hours later that night.  In fact, I refused to be alone in a room for close to 2 years afterward.  As for camping?  Forget it about it!  True, as an adult, the movie is easy to mock - the finale strains credulity and some of the technical aspects are dated.  Setting that aside, it's undeniably entertaining and does have its moments  - the premise is fantastic and the opening death scene/montage, juxtaposed by Brahm's 4th symphony, is eerie and skillfully conceived.

Even though it traumatized my youth, I wouldn't change a thing for it sparked my imagination.  I've since gotten into creature design for film and PROPHECY is one of the reasons why.  Bless fx guys Tom and Ellis Burman, the late Stan Winston and sculptor James Kagel for creating a truly memorable, albeit flawed (At least it's not CG), movie monster!

Filmakers take note:  The book is great!  For those unsatisfied by this cinematic adaptation, there is still one helluva a monster movie that has yet to be made from the source material.
Re: Prophecy
Reply #47. Posted on September 15, 2008, 06:24:28 PM by Kooshmeister


Filmakers take note:  The book is great!  For those unsatisfied by this cinematic adaptation, there is still one helluva a monster movie that has yet to be made from the source material.

What source material? Seltzer's book is a novelization of the movie.  Twirling
Re: Prophecy
Reply #48. Posted on October 13, 2008, 09:58:55 PM by Giant Claw Jr
This has got to be one of the most stupid movie ever made and one of the most rediculous loking monsters ever made have you seen KILLER GRIZZLY? where CHRISTOPHER GEORGE blows a bear to smitherinies with a motar
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