The Prophecy is one of those films that at face value sounds bizarre, if not a little rubbish. There's a big war in Heaven, the angels are taking sides, Gabriel's leading a revolt and all he needs to ban us mere mortals from Heaven forever is the most evil soul in the world - which another angel has conveniently placed inside a cute little girl. With us so far?
Well, if it sounds dreadful, then blame my writing skills. The Prophecy is actually one of those low-budget films that makes for great viewing. Christopher Walken is superb as the renegade Gabriel and Elias Koteas more than a match for him as the former priest trying to stop him. Add in Eric Stolz as the 'good angel' who hides the soul and Virgina Madsen as the teacher caught up in the whole bizarre scenario, along with a great script (Gabriel: I'm getting so fed up with you. Catherine: Go to Hell!! Gabriel: Heaven, darling, Heaven. At least get the zip code right.), and you have the makings of a great movie.
This one, though, belongs to the angels. Walken is fantastic, by turn endearing and frightening, and Stolz very nearly steals the show. That honour, however, belongs to the charismatic Viggo Mortensen, who drops in to the last fifteen minutes or so of the movie as the fallen angel Lucifer. It's not often that the Devil is on our side...
As horror films go, this one deserves to be up there with the best of them. It has some great throw away lines, chilling performances and not even the somewhat unnecessary romantic subplot can mar what is a truly wonderful, good fun film.