The Prophecy (1995)

There’s a whole lot going on this religiously themed horror effort. Christopher Walken is perfectly cast as the avenging angel Gabriel, although his menace is occasionally dulled by a distracting black wig. The rest of the cast is interesting, from Virginia Madsen to Elias Koteas to Eric Stoltz to Amanda Plummer, and although no one really has a lot to do it still gives the movie a weird sort of legitimacy. Gregory Widen’s direction is effective and theatrical, but the editing is abrupt and the score is distracting, which results in a strange, uneven tone. Ultimately it’s worth a shot but it feels a bit rushed.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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