On this day in horror history, writer-director Gregory Widen’s evil Angel action-horror movie The Prophecy with Christopher Walken, Elias Koteas, Virginia Madsen, Eric Stoltz, and Viggo Mortensen was released in 1995.
Written and directed by Widen in his feature directorial debut, the film the first in The Prophecy franchise which (currently) sports four sequels The Prophecy II, The Prophecy 3: The Ascent, The Prophecy: Uprising, and The Prophecy: Forsaken.
The film tells the story of the Archangel Gabriel (Christopher Walken) who has come to earth to strengthen his powers by claiming the wicked spirit of a psychotic veteran. The benevolent angel, Simon (Eric Stoltz), wants to stop that from happening, so hides the man’s spirit where Gabriel would least expect to find it: in a little girl. Caught in a cosmic battle with Lucifer (Viggo Mortensen) plays a part, a liturgically minded cop (Elias Koteas) moves heaven and earth to protect the child.
The film sports a 43% over on Rotten Tomatoes with a Critics Consensus that reads: The Prophecy has its moments, but any fantasy thriller starring Christopher Walken as a murderous angel should be a good deal more engaging than this.