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Rating: 7 stars

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Netflix gavinp environmental disaster environmentalism indians logging pollution mutation camping

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Seen on: 07/08/2016 (rewatch)

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Prophecy (1979)

Directed by John Frankenheimer

Horror | Drama

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Overview

A Savage beast, grown to monstrous size and driven mad by toxic wastes that are poisoning the waters, spreads terror and death on a Maine countryside.

Length 102 minutes

Actors

Robert Foxworth | Talia Shire | Richard Dysart | Armand Assante | Tom McFadden | Burke Byrnes | Victoria Racimo | Mia Bendixsen | George Clutesi | Everett Creach | Johnny Timko | Lyvingston Holmes

Viewing Notes

I didn’t realize I’d seen this as a kid until about half way through when the creature is revealed for the first time and then I instantly recognized it. Weird that I really didn’t remember anything else about the movie.

This feels almost like a made-for-tv movie but the, at times gory, violence definitely wouldn’t have flown on regular TV. I’m guessing I might’ve seen this on HBO or it was a video rental.

Assante as an American Indian is pretty laughable but the rest of the cast does pretty well. It definitely has a ‘70s vibe to it with the casual sexism and conflagration of environmental and social issues. The opening scene, set in a ghetto that is so overwrought with stereotypical white people’s ideas of what an inner city ghetto is, is laughably offensive in modern light.

I’m still not sure exactly what the main character’s profession actually is other than white do-gooder who saves downtrodden minorities from the Man.

Except for a few specific shots, this didn’t ever really have much of a Frankenheimer feel to it, though he certainly brought a more cinematic professionalism to it than it might otherwise have gotten in the hands of a lesser director.

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