The Prophecy

1995

The Prophecy

Critics Consensus

The Prophecy has its moments, but any fantasy thriller starring Christopher Walken as a murderous angel should be a good deal more engaging than this.

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Tommy Dagget wanted to be a priest, but lost his faith and became a cop instead. He once wrote a learned treatise on angels, so when a physiologically abnormal individual is found murdered and a copy of Dagget's study discovered on the crime scene, he's assigned to investigate. What he uncovers is a literal war of angels. These supernatural creatures, led by the vicious Gabriel, are a tormented, murderous lot, warped by God's rejection in favor of "talking monkeys" called the human race. The angel Simon travels to a dying Western town and steals the soul of a recently deceased psychopath. Gabriel wants it back, because such souls increase his power. Simon hides it in the body of a small girl, and the race is on. Who will get to the little Mary first, the sinister angels, or the forces of human good?

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  • Feb 10, 2014
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    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 17, 2013
    If you just watch the scenes one by one of The Prophecy, this might seem like a solid creepy film. Once they are all cluttered together and you look back at previous scenes you realize how bad this film is. The script was meaningless, instead of demons coming to earth lets put evil angels who don't curse. Writer Gregory Widen seemed to be making this up as he went not taking into account what was happening before and what he will do next. He must've figure why the hell not direct this, since no one else will be able to "display my image", and Christopher Walken was bored with his other projects so jumped on in. It's not scary, it's not creative, and it does an atrocious job of bringing spirituality in. Will not watch the sequels.
    Daniel D Super Reviewer
  • Feb 12, 2013
    Gabriel: I'm an angel. I kill firstborns while their mamas watch. I turn cities into salt. I even, when I feel like it, rip the souls from little girls, and from now till kingdom come, the only thing you can count on in your existence is never understanding why. "There is a war in heaven and hell is about to break loose." The Prophecy is a pretty good little religious horror, thriller. If there's one way of describing this film, it would have to be, interesting. Every development in the plot and with the characters(humans and angels alike) are all very interesting. If there's a problem with the film, it's the lack of satisfaction that comes from the ending. As the movie wrapped up, I was left with a feeling that someone came up with a great story, but had no satisfactory way of ending it. All in all though, this is still a more than worthwhile movie. Thomas once had the voice of God with him, and he was on his way to becoming a priest. Then on the day he was to be ordained, the voice left him. Now he is a detective, but with his knowledge of the bible and angels, he soon comes to realize that there is a second war among the angels going on. This war concerns the souls of all humans. See, a group of angels became jealous when humans were given souls and they weren't. A fallen angel named Gabriel is now lurking around trying to find the darkest of all souls, which was hidden in a little girl, and Thomas has taken it upon himself to save the little girl. Although the story is pretty intriguing, the best part of this film has to be Christopher Walken as Gabriel. There couldn't have been a more perfect choice for Gabriel then Walken. Also, Elias Koteas, a very underrated actor does a good job as Thomas, and Viggo Mortensen shows up near the end as Lucifer in one of the more optimistic characterizations of him we've seen.  The Prophecy is by no means a great film, but it is an entertaining and fairly well thought out one. These religious horror films almost always turn out bad, and it's nice to see that every once in a while, a good one can be made. This is worth a look, if not just for Christopher Walken's performance. 
    Melvin W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 26, 2012
    I thought the cast of this movie meant that it would be great, but it just wasn't.
    Erin C Super Reviewer

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