HOME |  JOIN |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Mercy, The
Kickboxer: Retaliation
Molly Maguires, The
Party, The
Dante's Peak
Housemaid, The
Vendetta
Brimstone
Boys in the Trees
Once Were Warriors
Red Planet Mars
Blade Runner 2049
Devil's Express
Belko Experiment, The
Flashback
War of the Arrows
One-Trick Pony
Cloverfield Paradox, The
Beach Rats
In Between
Flesh Feast
Gerald's Game
Crocodile Dundee II
Baaghi
Bat People, The
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Tower
Message from the King
Street Smart
Mountain
   
 
Newest Articles
The House, Black Magic and an Oily Maniac: 3 from 70s Weird Asia
80s Meet Cute: Something Wild vs Into the Night
Interview with The Unseen Director Gary Sinyor
Wrong Forgotten: Is Troll 2 Still a Thing?
Apocalypse 80s UK: Threads and When the Wind Blows
Movie Flop to Triumphant TV Revival: Twin Peaks and The League of Gentlemen
Driving Force: The Golden Age of American Car Chases
Madness in his Method: Jim Carrey and Andy Kaufman
Music, Love and Flowers: Monterey Pop on Blu-ray
The Melville Mood: His Final Two Films on The Melville Collection Blu-ray
   
 
  Prophecy, The Heaven Help UsBuy this film here.
Year: 1995
Director: Gregory Widen
Stars: Christopher Walken, Elias Koteas, Virginia Madsen, Eric Stoltz, Viggo Mortensen, Amanda Plummer, Moriah 'Shining Dove' Snyder, Adam Goldberg, Steve Hytner, J.C. Quinn, Emma Shenah, Albert Nelson, Shawn Nelson, Emily Conforto, Nick Gomez
Genre: Horror, Fantasy
Rating:  6 (from 2 votes)
Review: There was a war in Heaven many aeons ago which saw the archangel Lucifer banished to his own domain, but now, unknown to the world of mankind, a second war has erupted and a select few human beings are about to be dragged into it. One such individual is Thomas Dagget (Elias Koteas); he trained as a priest but just as he was about to be ordained, he had a terrifying vision of a damned angel and collapsed, unable to go through with the ceremony. Now he is a cop, and his latest case will find his religious background essential to solving it...

If Gregory Widen, who wrote and directed this, will be known down the ages for anything it will be for his penning of the script for Highlander, but in its way The Prophecy spawned a franchise too, only that didn't get released to cinemas: it was straight to video for the sequels to this. Indeed, though it captured some audience's imaginations there were vast swathes who would never have known there was a Prophecy franchise, or wonder how much mileage there was in a killer mutant bear movie (wrong Prophecy), but for fans this first one was the best of the lot, taking the mythology of angels and applying it to an apocalyptic fantasy.

There are points where this comes across as Widen showing off his knowledge of Christian theology, but just as much was conjured up from his own creative juices, though in that sober telling of a tale featuring angels and archangels this grew perilously close to taking itself so seriously that it became rather boring. That in spite of it beginning with a big fight between two of God's messengers where one of them is defenestrated and run over with a pick up truck, which should have been an arresting beginning, but combined with all those shots of pages of arcane text served to make what could have been agreeably wacky too po-faced, as if this was the forgotten chapter of The Book of Revelation.

Which funnily enough is mentioned in the film, as the deceased angel was carrying that on him, and what do you know? Thomas can translate it, thereby working out that the trouble up above has bled into the realm of the humans. This leads him to be the focus of attention as he realises the angels are seeking a very specific soul, which Eric Stoltz's Simon has stored in the body of a little girl, Mary (Moriah 'Shining Dove' Snyder) by way of a big slobbery kiss on the mouth, which nobody really wanted to see. This was verging on tedium such was its gravity in what may have been inspired by a holy book was not actually sacred in itself, not that Widen seemed to acknowledge that.

Ah, but then he introduced his trump card, the vital element which made this well worth a look: step forward Mr Christopher Walken as the Archangel Gabriel, in possibly his most Walkenesque performance of the nineties. He lifted every scene he was in as he hunts down that soul, getting up to such naughtiness (for a divine being) as reanimating suicides (one played by Amanda Plummer) to act as his flunkies, or at least drive him about, asking people to stop crying because it really bugs him, acting like a creepy children's entertainer with teacher Virginia Madsen's class of schoolkids, and perching like a bird as the angels do in this movie. Widen wrote his most amusing dialogue for him as well, apparently inspired by the presence of such an offbeat character actor, though when Lucifer showed up he was essayed by Viggo Mortensen who made a late play for stealing the movie, not enough to unseat the Walkeny goodness. It was a heavy-footed work overall, but every so often it would remind you why you were giving it a chance. Music by David C. Williams.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 991 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (1)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Who's the best?
Robin Askwith
Mark Wahlberg
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Enoch Sneed
Graeme Clark
Paul Smith
Darren Jones
Jason Cook
  Andrew Irvine
Ian Phillips
Paul Shrimpton
   

 

Last Updated: