Prophecy

A log company's waste mutates the environment, creating a giant killer bear-monster.

  • Starring: Robert Foxworth, Talia Shire and Armand Assante
  • Director(s): John Frankenheimer
  • Producer(s): Paramount Pictures
  • Screenwriter(s): David Seltzer
  • Distributor: Paramount Pictures
  • Release Date: Sunday, April 01, 1979
  • Rating: Unacceptable

Featured Animal Action

The following AHA film review was compiled from archival information and documentation and may not reflect AHA's current criteria for animal action review and rating procedures.

Reports state that a raccoon was beaten and traumatized during production of the sci-fi thriller, Prophecy.

A crew member called AHA's Hollywood office to report that a raccoon was in danger of being beaten to death for a scene. Humane Officer Gordon Jones raced to the studio and stopped the action. "The actor had had enough of hitting the raccoon, and he was trying to go easy and fake it, but the director was screaming for him to keep going and hit it harder," Jones said. He further added, "I asked them to stop, and they did. In the movie, the raccoon is thrown into a fire, but I made sure they used a dummy." Nonetheless, AHA rated the film Unacceptable for the animal abuse that occurred.

The ongoing expansion of the AHA Guidelines for the Safe Use of Animals in Filmed Media has raised the standard of care for animal actors worldwide. In addition, technological advancements have created safe alternatives to risky action, enabling filmmakers to maintain their creative vision without compromising the welfare of animal actors. AHA continues to be a vigilant watchdog for animals in film and television and acknowledges the groundbreaking history of this program while expanding and refining procedures to reflect increased knowledge and new challenges.