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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

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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Re: Prophecy
Reply #49. Posted on October 31, 2008, 08:43:27 PM by Gene
I saw this in the theater in Junior high. I loved it then and I love it now.
Re: to Kooshmeister
Reply #50. Posted on March 05, 2009, 09:18:55 PM by Ryan P.

You're right.  There IS a novelization, but it differs greatly from the movie... so much so, I'm baffled as to why they settled for what they did.  Example:  In the book, the murder of the camping family is totally different, and more effective, requiring equal to less special effects than what ended up on screen, which seemed lazy in comparison.  John Frankenheimer admits to not being 100% (due to his alcoholism) during the making of the film.

The book is a fun read.  Check it out.
Re: Prophecy
Reply #51. Posted on March 05, 2009, 10:46:02 PM by Ryan P.
To Kooshmeister,

Going over some of the past posts, I see you DID read the book.  Good for you.  My point is:  What made it to the screen suffers in comparison to what is available in print and is worthy of a remake.  Since David Seltzer wrote both the screenplay and the novelization, he is "the source" of the idea, which only degraded in the collaborative hands of other party members - Frankenheimer, Paramount, etc.  Hell, Seltzer himself could direct the remake and retain what was lost.  He's directed his stuff before and could do it again (assuming he's still with us).

In addition, John Frankenheimer, the director, is qoted as saying after the fact, "It looked good on page."  He's admitting it was a lost translation.  So, let it be re-translated.  That way, in the future, we are given a viewers choice between a potentially good horror movie and another "SAW" sequel.

Reply #52. Posted on March 16, 2009, 11:24:42 PM by Cowbella
Wow, what a great movie for it's day. This movie was filmed mainly in my home town of Squamish, BC, Canada on the west coast ( not even close to Maine ) when I was a little kid. My neighbor was a mechanic and had that great old truck ( that rolled with the guy strapped on top ) in his driveway for about three weeks. We played in it and thought it was cool. Later I saw the movie and was done for. I was so freaked out at the thought of this thing being local and waiting in the bushes for me, I didn't sleep right for days. Damn funny looking back but not so funny at the time. I was traumatized for years because of this movie. I bug my kids about it now because their school gym was used to film some of the scenes in and they think that's funny. A horror movie filmed in their gym. They'll soon see this movie and that funny will turn to fear....ha ha haaa
Re: Prophecy
Reply #53. Posted on December 23, 2010, 12:02:34 PM by TooManyCustomers
 This was the first horror movie I ever saw... My parents were really strict about what sorts of things we could watch but it came on HBO one summer afternoon.. Loved it, those mutated baby bears freaked me out for weeks.. Though it's lost much of it's punch (and the eco-righteousness is just laughable now) I still dig this movie from my youth..

 *begins searching netflix*
Re: Prophecy
Reply #54. Posted on May 11, 2011, 05:14:02 AM by Trevor
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.

It's always the fat guy who gets hurt and needs to be carried ten miles through the wilderness.

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