For as long as humankind has existed, there have been those who’ve claimed to know what lies ahead. Whether believing themselves to be divinely guided or imbued with a sort of sixth sense, their prophecies have fascinated us for millennia.
In some cases, what they’ve warned of has come true. Mother Shipton famously foretold of the Black Death of 1665 and the Great Fire of London, while French astrologer Nostradamus warned of the demise of Henry II, the French Revolution, and Napoleon’s conquest. For those with an interest in all things spiritual, psychic readings can offer insight into the future and provide you with some much-needed clarity. Giving you an opportunity to gain an insight into what’s to come or else commune with those who are gone, they can be not only interesting, but immensely comforting too.
Such events are understandably shrouded in drama and mystique, so it’s little wonder that prophecies make such perfect fodder for films. Featuring on the silver screen dozens of times over the course of decades, they’re an ideal device for driving the action and building suspense.
Here are three movies that use the power of foresight to perfection.
The Omen (1976)
First up we have the 1976 classic, The Omen, whose entire premise is based on a dark and terrifying prophecy surrounding the antichrist. Starring Gregory Peck and Lee Remick as parents whose child is replaced by the devil incarnate, the film takes viewers on a terrifying ride towards its inevitably bloody end. It’s well worth a watch for those who fancy a Saturday night fright. Though it was incredibly dark and bloody, The Omen nonetheless has a clever and relatively complex plot
End of Days (1999)
In contrast to The Omen, End of Days is really a gore-fest from start to finish. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger at his action man best, the supernatural story follows a former New York Police Department detective through a tale filled with gratuitous violence. The film’s premise is, supposedly, that the hardened ex-cop must protect an innocent woman against evil forces who’ve chosen her to bear the antichrist, but its explosions are what this movie is most famous for. Still, it makes for an enjoyable and easy watch if you want some adrenaline-fuelled Friday night fun.
Released in 2006, Apocalypto is another film that deserves a place on this list. Directed by Mel Gibson, it was marketed as an epic historical adventure film, and was praised for its use of indigenous actors. Telling the tale of a Mayan apocalypse, it has one particularly haunting scene partway through, where a small girl infected with plague prophesies the death of a key character and the end of the world as the Mayans know it. Ending with the arrival of Spanish ships on the horizon, the film is action-packed, poignant, and filled with a heavy sense of foreboding throughout, making it well worth a watch if you want something you can really get your teeth into.
Tell us, which of these three fantastic movies do you fancy watching first?