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PROPHECY: UPRISING
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Reviewed by: Serena Whitney

Directed by: Joel Soisson

Starring:
Kari Wuhrer
Sean Pertwee
Doug Bradley

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
The next installment in the popular Prophecy series, tells the story about a special self-writing book (The Lexicon) that tells the coming of the Anti-Christ. Alison (Wuhrer) stumbles upon the Lexicon and becomes the protector of the book, which is also being sought after by good and bad angels, and is also being protected by a “not-so bad” Satan. You’re still with me? If not, that’s okay. I got lost many times trying to watch this movie.
Is it good movie?
If you’re one of the very few people that could actually follow and completely understand this movie, I applaud you. This Christopher Walken-less sequel had me constantly asking questions such as: “ Why is Satan helping the hero?”, “Why is this movie so complicated?” and “Why am I still watching this?” I’m going to give this movie a little slack, because I’m pretty sure it has to be watched with the next installment, The Prophecy: Forsaken to completely understand what the hell is going on. On the back of the cover, this movie claims to be a “stand alone thriller.” Ha! That couldn’t be more further from the truth.

I’ll admit, the film had a strong cast (With the exception of Kari Wuhrer). Sean “I rocked in Dog Soldiers” Pertwee did what he could do with his one-dimensional detective character. John Light had a strong presence, although I didn’t buy him as Lucifier. However, the real star of the show was the very under-rated Doug Bradley (a.k.a “Pinhead”), who played one of the officers who had the rotten luck of being possessed by the evil Belial. Unfortunately, the acting wasn’t able to save the movie from its confusing and pointless subplots, unbelievably bad dialogue, and its overall dull plotline.
Video / Audio
Video: Widescreen (1:85:1)-enhanced for 16x 9 televisions

Audio: Dolby
The Extras
Audio Commentary(88 Minutes): Ladies and gentlemen, I have found the cure for insomnia! No one should watch this commentary voluntarily no matter how big of a Prophecy fan you are. The listeners are “treated” to listen to writer/director Joel Soisson, makeup effects supervisor Gary Tunnicliffe, production executive Nick Phillips, and actresses Kari Wuhrer and Georgina Rylance recall about their “I guess you had to be there” stories about filming in Romania. Yawn! Although, we do get a little piece of trivia from the commentary. The angel who is guiding Kari Wuhrer’s character in the film is actually the same character Eric Stoltz played in the original film. But, that’s about it.

Extended Ending: “Belial Pleads his Case” (1:40)-Nothing really special about this ending. Just Doug Bradley’s extended speech at the end of the film.

Deleted Scene:”Do You People Have Twinkies?” (1:24)- This was probably the most embarrassing feature. In this scene, Satan asks a bunch of cops if they have Twinkies. WTF?? I have no idea how this scene was even written, let alone filmed.

The Prophecy Slide Show (2:23)- Just a bunch of behind the scenes photos. Nothing special.

Cast Auditions:(14:22)- I found it quite amusing that the only really good actors in this film had to audition for the role, yet Kari Wuhrer didn’t. What was up with auditioning Doug Bradley though? Weren’t they filming the Prophecy films and the Hellraiser films back to back in Romania anyways? You couldn’t have just given him the role?
Last Call
This movie is a Direct to DVD horror film, it stars Kari Wuhrer and it really should just be called The Prophecy 4. Do you really expect a stellar film experience from this? I really do think this film was supposed to be watched with The Prophecy: Forsaken (a.k.a The Prophecy 5) to fully be understood. So, if you have the time and patience to sit through another needless sequel to a popular franchise, and go in with low expectations, hopefully you will be able to enjoy it more than I did. I only recommend this film to the devout fans of the series, but even I think they will be quite disappointed with the outcome. All I got to say to the people who made this film, if you don't have Christopher Walken, you don't got sh*t.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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