THE PROPHECY II
Almost all sequels suffer from the creative drain of having to repeat what made the original a success and the fallacy that bigger budget makes for a better film. The Prophecy II suffers both of these problems. It has a bigger budget with which it attempts to produce more in the way of effects and car crashes and the like. However, The Prophecy series is not an effects driven one the first films success was all cerebral not visceral. In Prophecy IIs favour, it is still an ideas film to a large extent. There are some nifty images like a visit to the Garden of Eden located in the midst of an industrial wasteland.
It is also a sequel that has the tendency to cruise by on the assumption of familiarity with the original, resulting in a script where we have a number of angels running about and fighting, humans being incinerated and impregnated and so on, but it is well into the film before we find out why any of this is happening. If someone came in without having seen the original, it would be a difficult film to follow coherently.
The Prophecy IIs greatest coup is being able to score an encore performance from Christopher Walken. And Walken is, as he was in the first film, hilarious. He gets the best dialogue in the film. After a punkette (Brittany Murphy) and her boyfriend drive their car into a wall in a suicide pact, he approaches the dazzled survivor girl: I need your help. Im short-staffed. Dont worry about him [the dead boyfriend] hes just taking a dirt nap. Upon finding out his reasons for keeping her alive, she reacts: Youre keeping me alive because you dont know DOS? Theres an hilarious scene in a cafe where she shoots herself to no effect and Christopher Walken leans in: I think were having a communication problem. Walken and the part are in a class apart from the rest of the film. Jennifer Beals is okay but a greying Eric Roberts is badly miscast as a beatific good angel, his Texan cowboy drawl seeming out of place to say the least.
Christopher Walken also appeared in one further sequel The Prophecy 3: The Ascent (2000). There were two subsequent sequels, The Prophecy: Uprising (2005) and The Prophecy: Forsaken (2005), made without him.