THE CAPITOL CONSPIRACY
Prophet is one of the handful of action films that Fred Olen Ray put out under the pseudonym of Ed Raymond via the Royal Oaks production company of former actor Andrew Stevens and in conjunction with Roger Cormans Concorde-New Horizons combine. Here Olen Ray collaborated with Asian-American kickboxing champion turned B-budget action hero Don The Dragon Wilson upon the second of two occasions following the earlier non-genre Inferno (1998).
Fred Olen Rays action scenes in Prophet are competent, especially the fight scenes aboard and around the train. There is a great scene in a carpark where Don The Dragon Wilson does a forward-roll up over the roof of an oncoming car and starts shooting at the car while coming down the other side, and then being pinned against a wall as a car comes speeding towards him but managing to survive by ducking down into the overhang between the cars tires and where its hood impacts with the wall.
On the minus side, Prophet is severely lacking in the script department. There are a number of similarities between Prophet and The Power (1967), which was also about a man on the run, involved psychic powers and the eventual revelation that the hero had them too. Here however, Olen Ray does little with the mystery aspect of the film. The plot set-up is absurdly contrived. Take this: Don The Dragon Wilson is one of the six children with psychic abilities but does not know it. He grows up and becomes an FBI agent where he is then coincidentally assigned to track down his fellow experimental subjects. Quite why the FBI wants to track the others down and why they lead Don The Dragon to believe that he is tracking terrorists is never established. When Don The Dragon finds out the truth about the program and the charade that has been pulled over his eyes, for some reason the FBI get all surprised and send various assassins to hunt down and eliminate him. Surely the far more obvious plan would have been to send someone who did not have psychic powers or had come from the same experiment themselves? There is an equally unbelievable revelation two-thirds of the way through about a traitor. In fact, by the time one reaches the end of the film, the psychic powers angle proves to be of little relevance to the story. The film reaches a bizarrely abrupt ending where Don The Dragon enters the experimental complex, remembers back and then the film abruptly ends, leaving you feeling that the story is only about two-thirds told. As to what the experiments were about or what the experimenters were trying to achieve, we are never told at all.
One of the more amusing things about Prophet is how Fred Olen Ray finds laughably contrived reasons to get heroine Alexander Keith naked Don The Dragon Wilson arrives at his hotel room to find her in stepping out of the shower (and meets her for the first time) where she explains that her room wasnt cleaned yet so she just popped into his room to take a shower. Later she comes to his room to get his help changing her bandage I know how you can help me feel better, she tells him.
Fred Olen Rays other films include:- The Brain Leeches (1977), It Fell From the Sky/The Alien Dead (1979), Scalps (1983), Biohazard (1984), The Adventures of Taura: Prison Ship Star Slammer (1985), The Tomb (1985), The Phantom Empire (1986), Cyclone (1987), Beverly Hills Vamp (1988), Deep Space (1988), Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers (1988), Warlords (1989), Alienator (1990), Bad Girls from Mars (1990), Spirits (1990), Haunting Fear (1991), Scream Queen Hot Tub Party (1991), Wizards of the Demon Sword (1991), Evil Toons (1992), Little Devils (1993), Dinosaur Island (1994), Mind Twister (1994), Possessed By the Night (1994), Attack of the 60 Foot Centerfolds (1995), Cyber Zone/Droid Gunner (1995), Invisible Mom (1997), Star Hunter (1995), Night Shade (1996), Passionate Revenge/Friend of the Family II/Hell Hath No Fury (1996), Hybrid (1997), Little Miss Magic/Kidwitch (1997), Billy Frankenstein (1998), Dear Santa/My Dad Santa (1998), Illicit Dreams 2 (1998), Invisible Dad (1998), Active Stealth (1999), Fugitive Mind (1999), Invisible Mom 2 (1999), The Kid with X-Ray Eyes (1999), Critical Mass (2000), Sideshow (2000), Kept (2001), Stranded (2001), Venomous (2001), Thirteen Erotic Ghosts (2002), Final Examination (2003), Bikini-a-Go-Go/Curse of the Erotic Tiki (2004), Genie in a String Bikini (2004), Haunting Desire (2004), Teenage Cavegirl (2004), Glass Trap (2005), Tomb of the Werewolf (2005), Bikini Girls from a Lost Planet (2006), Bikini Pirates (2006), Ghost in a Teeny Bikini (2006), Bewitched Housewives (2007), The Girl With Sex-Ray Eyes (2007), Nuclear Hurricane (2007), Super Ninja Bikini Babes (2007), Polar Opposites (2008), Solar Flare (2008), Tarzeena, Queen of Kong Island (2008), Voodoo Dollz (2008), Dire Wolf (2009), Silent Venom (2009), Bikini Frankenstein (2010), Bikini Jones and the Temple of Eros (2010), Housewives from Another World (2010), Turbulent Skies (2010), Twilight Vamps (2010), Lady Chatterlys Ghost (2011), Little Witches (2011), Rewind Time Machine (2011), Super Shark (2011), Dirty Blondes from Beyond (2012), Abner the Invisible Dog (2013) and After Midnight (2014).