Science Fiction and Horror are a great blend. They go so well together. Films like The Blob, The Fly, The Thing, all classics. Now for every classic one there are about 20 or so that just get lost or fall off the radar. One of those films was 1979’s Prophecy starring Talia Shire and Robert Foxworth. It was a great mashup of the two genres but sadly got sort of lost in the shuffle.
Prophecy centers on Robert and Maggie Verne. Robert is working with the EPA on a story about a logging operation plagued by troubles near the Ossippee river. Not only have lumberjacks gone missing but so have search and rescue teams that have been sent out to look for them. The people in town blame a tribe of Native Americans who they call Opies on these missing people, while the Opies blame an evil spirit called Katahdin, who they claim was awaken by the logging operation.
Robert investigates the operation and finds a lot a lot of weird goings on. Giant fish, evil forest animals, a damaged environment in general. He and Maggie believe the local paper mill who hate the Opies may be causing this damage. When Robert finds mercury on Maggie’s shoes he finds its being used by the loggers as fungicide as it will not show up on any water tests. If that discovery was not enough people start popping up dead in the woods around the operation. To make matters worse in this situation Maggie is pregnant and has eaten fish from the river that is contaminated. Not to spoil anything but these murders and mutilations truly are the work of the Katahdin who is murdering all that show up on the land, and it may or may not have been created by also eating the contaminated fish.
Prophecy has it all. A good cast, great acting, a good story an just enough blood and gore to keep the horror fans happy. It even has a monster in it. A giant one at that. Yes you do actually see this Katahdin it looks like a very very large mutated bear. Its actually a really good design. The special effects in general are all well done. Of course they are all practical effects and I found them to be very well done, and they should be well received by the horror crowd.
A forgotten film, Scream Factory has picked this one up and given it the Scream Factory treatment. A beautiful transfer in both audio and video it looks and sounds fantastic. The majority of the film takes place outside and everything looks amazing. The day scenes are bright and crisp while the night scenes are dark without the dreaded blue tint. And as its Scream Factory its got a nice amount of Special Features included as well.
NEW All Of Our Sins – An Interview With Talia Shire
NEW Bearing Up – An Interview With Actor Robert Foxworth
NEW Bear And Grin It – An Interview With Writer David Seltzer
NEW Hard To Bear – An Interview With Special Make-up Effects Designer Tom Burman
NEW Prophecy Prodigy – An Interview With Special Make-up Effects Artist Allan Apone
NEW Beneath The Bear – An Interview With Mime Artist Tom McLoughlin
A very fun monster movie that fans or horror, and science fiction will enjoy. Its god good pacing, a good score, and everything just comes together very well. This is a long lost film that you should definitely check out.
Overall 3 out of 5 Stars!