Laughable only because it's played with a straight face, but on the whole entirely compelling. The performances, especially Shire, are real and affecting. The themes of motherhood and the legacy we leave for our children are beautifully realised and compliment the film's pro-environmental message. Here, the mutated bear becomes more like a personification of mother nature's rage against the destruction of the forest.
A very entertaining creature feature. Frankenheimer keeps the ridiculous action moving, with a cast that gives it their all, a great score by Leonard Rosenman, and a number of classic B-movie moments - including a chainsaw-hatchet fight and a legendary kill scene involving a teen in a flying sleeping bag. The hokey special effects and forced environmentalist message are all part of the fun. A cult classic.
John Frankenheimer directing a film about a giant mutant bear? OK. Prophecy is a very strange film at times and for its middle third it turns into an ecological thriller. It's almost impossible to describe exactly what this film is overall, just that it's far more enjoyable than I was expecting. Oh, and it has the greatest sleeping bag scene in movie history.