J.R. Taylor
March 15, 1996 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Prophecy

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
98 minutes
performer
Scott Bakula, Clive Barker, Kevin J. O'Connor, Elias Koteas, Eric Stoltz, Christopher Walken, Virginia Madsen, Viggo Mortensen, Amanda Plummer
director
Gregory Widen
author
Gregory Widen
genre
Horror

We gave it an B+

Mixing one of B horror’s lamest clichés (the failed priest-turned-cop character) with an innovative plot device (a long-missing chapter from the Bible), The Prophecy is an old-fashioned thriller with art-house pretensions. A vampirish Walken, typecast as the renegade archangel Gabriel, needs the spirit of an evil military genius to win his war against heaven, while Stoltz shows up as an angel on God’s side. With its climax taking place at a folksy Native American exorcism, the movie appears to emerge as the model for X-Files: The Motion Picture. B+

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