Prophecy (1979)


“The environment is us. And it’s being mangled. And I’m gonna make something very clear to you. My people are violently ill. They’re beginning to lose their faculties. They stagger and they fall, and this has nothing to do with alcohol, as these villagers claim. My people are fishermen; their lives are clean.” – John Hawks

Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Jul 2020)

Brief Synopsis – An environmentalist and his wife are sent to investigate mysterious occurrences near a paper mill in the US Northeast.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall was recommended to me a few months back by a friend, and finally got around to watching it now.

This is an extremely silly monster movie that has absolutely nothing going for it because it makes so little sense along the way.

The plot and storyline are almost non-existent and as a horror movie it is really lacking more scare points.

The special effects used for creating this monster are done really poorly and seems quite laughable.

They made a smart decision to raise the suspense level throughout before finally revealing the monster.

The film has a fine cast, but they aren’t given enough to do here since every character feels too much like a cookie cutter choice instead of something deeper.

The best character is the one played by Talia Shire and that has much to do with the fact that she has the most emotional depth of any of them and if we were to care abut what would happen to any of these characters, she would be by far top that list.

Bottom Line – Really silly monster movie that makes so little sense. The story itself is almost non existent and there aren’t enough scare points to make things more effective.  The special effects are quite poor and when the monster is finally revealed, it is very disappointing to watch. The cast is fine, but none of them have enough to do as cookie cutter characters.  Shire does stand out here, not because she plays a great character, but because she has the most emotional depth of any of them.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Filmed in British Columbia in 1978, this movie marked the beginning of the “Hollywood North”, the major start to the development of a massive film production business in Vancouver and other parts of the province of British Columbia, in Canada. Since then thousands of “American” movies have been filmed in the Canadian province. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (2/10)

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