|Copyright 1979 Paramount Pictures
| Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'
- 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.
|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.
- 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 format||SOUNDS||Starving actors speak out|| |
||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."
||Mr. Isley: "Go on! Go test the water; we got nothing to hide!"
||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!"
||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 #9. Posted on October 18, 2000, 03:16:45 PM by Chris K.
Okay people the death scenes in PROPHECY are not funny! The death scenes in SCREAM or I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER were funny to a given extent. Of course, I remember seeing this scary as hell film on video when I was at the age of nine. And at that time, seeing a PG rated film with some gross violence was like a treasure to me. John Frankenheimer really did a good job creating some good scares in this film. And the mutated killer bear: truely terrifying. A horror/sci-fi classic. I still get the shivers when I watch this film.
Reply #10. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Charles
This film was memorable, not only for the sleeping bag scene, but also for the fact that the doctor was the dad from the Brady Bunch, boy did he go on to better things (snicker). The film had its moments and fora horror film from the early Friday the 13th era, it wasn't bad. Kind of think of it as a more extreme version of the crying native american antipollution commercial.
Reply #11. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Robbie
This movie was totally awesome. I first saw it when I was about 12 years old and it scared the eliving dog**** out of me! I had many sleepless nights thinking about that mutated grizzly bear crashing through my wall at night and eating me. The sleeping bag scene made a big impression, I used to sleep like that when camping out growing up, but after that movie, no more! It is still one of my favorites, and I highly recommend a widescreen re-release, you would be suprised what a big hit it would be. I mean, what more could you ask for: Vast wilderness, a mutated bear, 4 wheeling(at night, with a spotlight), hot 70's chicks with big boobs, disco music, and wild suspense! Thanks John Frankenheimer for a real classic.
Reply #12. Posted on November 27, 2001, 07:45:16 PM by Nathan
Ah, such a wonderful film. The creature effects were surprisingly good. It does give you a good insight into the behavioral patterns of the rare Maine Grizzly. They never go down to all fours, unlike other bears, they run on their hind legs EVERYWHERE! The only objection I have is that they blow up a perfectly good FJ40. What a crime.
Reply #13. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Triana Michele
I saw this movie when I was ten. It was the first horror movie I ever saw. I had nightmares for years afterwards. I was so tramatized by it that it took me a long time to get over those horrible looking mutant bears. I am 33 years old now and just the thought of that movie makes me cringe. However, they always show it around halloween every year, and of course I have to watch it. It still creeps me out. I think that it is by far one of the most frightening movies ever made. I remember a baby mutant bear sucking on Talia's nipple, trying to nurse and it bit her. But I haven't seen that part in the current showing of the movie. Was it deleted because it was so graphic or am I just imagining it????(My mom remembers it too.)
Reply #14. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Mokadi Jook
Hey, for those who liked the "sleeping bag" scene in Propecy, did you ever see "Friday the 13th part 7, where good ole Jason drags the woman in the sleeping bag out of the tent and WHACKS it against the tree?! LOL Cool stuff bubbah!
BTW, I originally saw Prophecy on a network channel when I was 12, and they actually cut out the part where the kid flies through the air and the string supported sleeping bag bops into the boulder. So the scene I saw was just the kid screaming, the bear paw whistling through the air, a loud POWWW! sound, and the shot of the holofil wafting through the air. THAT scared the ca-ca-poo-poo out of me!!! I did not even see the cheezey-ness of the orignal scene until much later. Ya know, with a little judicious editing, this movie is pretty frightening... LOL
Reply #15. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Tetsujin
Questions posed by this movie:
- Why were there grizzly bears in Maine?
- Why was Kataden / cubs the only horribly disfigured animals?
- Why did Kataden constantly run on two legs?
- Why didn't Kataden / cubs freeze in the winter? [No fur / Moist skin]
- Why was Kataden able to walk underwater?
- Why did the house / sleeping bag explode when Kataden smacked it?
- Why did Rob say that fetuses follow every stage of evolution during development?
- Why didn't the shotgun shell to the face kill Kataden?
- Why was there shameless shock value added to the end of the film in the form of another bear?
Obviously the filmmakers didn't do their homework for this movie. Grizzly bears do not live in Maine, and they do not run on their hind legs. Where they got the idea that a fetus developes into every stage of evolution while in the womb is beyond me. Also, the whole idea that something like mercury poisoning will mutate an animal into a grotesque super predator is a complete fabrication, too. Genetic deformities do not make an animal bigger, faster, and meaner. They make the animal sickly and weak, and are usually abandoned by the mother. I'll admit the idea of a melted, giant grizzly is scary, but it's ridiculous nonetheless.. and the sleeping bag scene doesn't help either. =P
Reply #16. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Jeff
I love this movie!!!!!!Saw it the day it came out, and bought the book when it first came out too. The bear in the book had membrane-like wings stretched between the front and rear limbs(ala Varan). The orignal bear for the movie was much more horrific that what wound up on screen. Frankenhiemer saw it, and made the special effects crew change it to look more "bear-like", at the last minute of course! The original was close to the poster art. What a shame. I like the monster so much, I sculpted it as a bust! Pretty nasty, my wife keeps moving it out of the living room. After seeing that movie, it makes you have a new respect for the great outdoors!-Jeff
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