25 October 2014

The Prophecy (1979)

102 min.
Directed by John Frankenheimer.
With Robert Foxworth, Talia Shire, Armand Assante, Richard Dysart, Victoria Racimo, George Clutesi.
From director John Frankenheimer (1977's Black Sunday) comes this utterly fun throwback to the monster movies of the 1950s (with a nod to the Greenpeace eco-movement).

Could a lumber company in Maine (looking suspiciously like Oregon, where it was filmed) really be dumping toxins into the water, potentially wreaking havoc on the wildlife?

When city doctor Dr. Robert Verne (Robert Foxworth) and his wife Maggie (Talia Shire) begin to investigate, they find nature's delicate balance has been rudely disturbed...and now a hideously mutated monster wants retribution!

Armand Assante joins the group as a local Native American advisor of sorts, who believes the deformed aberration is really the Katahdin, a composite of many different life spirits.

Whatever it's called, the monstrosity continues to terrorize and murder local campers. How can it be stopped?

With some intensely beautiful scenery, a nice performance by Shire (always a pleasure to watch) and some underrated special effects by Robert Dawson, this above average creature feature is worth your while.

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