The Prophecy


Dir: Gregory Widen
Star: Elias Koteas, Virginia Madsen, Christopher Walken, Eric Stoltz

[20] Another entry in the "religious apocalypse" genre, Walken (again!) plays rebellious archangel Gabriel like a mobster, as he hunts the blackest soul in the world. Only people between him and it are a good angel (Eric Stolz) and a priest who lost his faith and became a cop instead. Gothic horror-fantasy, effectively driven by Widen, that uses FX sparingly on the whole, leaving Stolz and Walken room to act. After this, the finale is something of a disappointment, with dodgy optical work (Widen wrote Highlander, which had the same problem), though Viggo Mortensen as Lucifer almost steals the film. I suspect we might get more of this sort of thing as the millennium approaches...

[Indeed, there is also in existence Prophecy II, which certainly comes into the category of "more of this sort of thing". Sadly though, in this case more is less, and even the return of Christopher Walken canít manage to save a very tired looking sequel, possessing little or none of the innovatively creepy stuff which characterised the first film. The Devil may have all the best tunes, but he also has some rather poor movies...]

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