VIDEO: Prophecy (1979)

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A doctor investigates problems at a lumber camp in Maine and discovers a giant bear that has been mutated by toxic waste. Awesome!

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  • Immortan Scott

    Good to know I’m not the only one who busted a gut during the sleeping bag scene. The fact that it’s not as well-known as “Garbage Day!!” is a crime!

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Agreed!

  • Thomas Stockel

    Man, I had heard of this movie but never saw it. Thanks for recapping it, Cecil. I had no idea master director John Frankenheimer directed it.

    I saw French Connection II and it…well, it’s just there. I can see why it didn’t do well. It just isn’t as good as FC I. I’m looking at his career and it seems he was a very prolific director, so I guess it makes sense that he was going to have his fair share of bombs. Still, I love The Manchurian Candidate, The Train, Grand Prix, and Ronin.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      No problem 🙂

      French Connection 2 had some big shoes to fill. I also wonder if the studio placed a little too much pressure on it to succeed.

      • Adam Bomb 1701

        I loved “French Connection II”; to me, it’s pretty much the equal of the first film. Gene Hackman was the whole show in it, and he was more than up to the task. He does some great acting in the scene where he’s explaining to Bernard Fresson’s Bartlemy why he took the test for the NYPD. The reason I think it didn’t do well was that Fox marketed it very poorly. Look no further than the flick’s poster in the video. “You explode”? Come on, give me a break.

  • Richard Eriksson Hjelm

    I actually… disagree with the movie largely because it is rather unfufulling.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      I think it is a good time

  • cavalier 24601

    That creature looks a lot like the Yao Gui from Fallout.

    • Earthbound_X

      That right! I wonder if the Yao Gui is reference or nod to this move?

      • Cecil_Trachenburg

        knowing their penchant for pop culture references, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Let me switch to V.A.T.S. here

  • danbreunig

    I’m seriously wondering if this really is the inspiration for South Park’s Manbearpig. Someone told me that he saw a very identical monster in a C grade horror years ago. Could this really be it?

    All those YouTube clips and it’s only now I got to see the sleeping bag scene…

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      I’m almost positive this is where Manbearpig comes from. Its too close.

      I’m also amazed the sleeping bag scene isn’t more of a thing.