The Prophecy 3: The Ascent

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The Prophecy 3: The Ascent
DVD cover
Directed by Patrick Lussier
Produced by Joel Soisson
W. K. Border
Written by
  • Joel Soisson
  • Carl Dupré
Based on Characters
by Gregory Widen
Music by
Cinematography Nathan Hope
Edited by Peter Devaney Flanagan
Distributed by Dimension Films
Release date
  • March 14, 2000 (2000-03-14)
Running time
84 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Prophecy 3: The Ascent is a 2000 American fantasy horror-thriller film, and the third installment in The Prophecy series. Christopher Walken and Steve Hytner reprise their roles as the Archangel Gabriel and the coroner Joseph, respectively. As the war in Heaven and on Earth rages on, Pyriel (Scott Cleverdon), the Angel of Genocide, arises with the intention of destroying all humankind; the only one who can stop him is Danyael (Dave Buzzotta), a Nephilim born of an angel and a human woman. However, Danyael is unaware of his purpose until he learns it from Gabriel (who became a human at the end of The Prophecy II). Gabriel acts as Danyael's guardian while Zophael (Vincent Spano) seeks out Danyael. The fate of humankind hangs in the balance as Danyael sets out to confront Pyriel and fulfill his destiny.


Danyael Rosales is a street preacher who thinks God does not care about anyone because of the death of his parents, Valerie Rosales and the angel Danyael from the previous film. He is then forced to face his destiny. As a Nephilim, he has some of the angels' abilities, such as regeneration, and can only be killed if his heart is removed. One night, a blind assassin shoots Danyael as he preaches before a crowd, but the assassin is driven off before he can take out Danyael's heart. As punishment for his failure, Zophael kills the assassin and goes after Danyael himself with an extendable weapon with a blade that can be turned into a three-pronged hook. However, Danyael is protected by Gabriel, a now-human fallen angel who killed Danyael's father and performed many misdeeds. After being defeated by Danyael's mother, Gabriel was turned into a human as punishment. Having spent years as a human, he now realizes how wrong he was in the past.

Zophael convinces Danyael's girlfriend Maggie to work with him to stop Danyael, but when she becomes suspicious of his motives, she shoots the angel. It has little effect on Zophael, and he tells her what he is. Frightened and confused, Maggie agrees to help him, and the two catch up to Danyael on a Native American reservation, where he is going to confront Pyriel, another angel who wants to overthrow God. Danyael briefly meets Mary, a Native American woman (first introduced as a child in the first film). Mary informs Danyael that she dreamed of his coming, and that she believes he will be victorious against Pyriel. After parting from Mary, Danyael is attacked by Zophael, crashing Maggie's truck and badly injuring her. He then faces off against Danyael in battle and seemingly defeats him by impaling his chest with a motorcycle tailpipe, but the angel gets back up and uses his weapon to impale Danyael from behind. Before Zophael can remove Danyael's heart, Maggie empties her gun into him, stunning him. Danyael takes his chance and removes Zophael's heart through the hole he created earlier, finally killing him.

Danyael heads off to face Pyriel, armed with Zophael's weapon while Gabriel watches over Maggie. He confronts Pyriel, but is no match for him, although he succeeds in impaling him with Zophael's weapon. Danyael is about to lose when God seemingly sends down a lightning bolt, electrocuting the weapon and, through it, Pyriel, weakening him. Danyael extends the blade into its prong form and removes Pyriel's heart with it, killing him and apparently ending the war in Heaven. He returns to Gabriel and Maggie, who is on the verge of death. Maggie is saved when Gabriel's angelic powers return to him and he heals her wounds on his way back to Heaven.


  • Christopher Walken as Gabriel
  • Vincent Spano as Zophael
  • Dave Buzzotta as Danyael
  • Kayren Butler as Maggie
  • Steve Hytner as Joseph
  • Brad Dourif as Zealot
  • Scott Cleverdon as Pyriel
  • Jack McGee as Detective
  • Sandra Ellis Lafferty as Madge
  • Mark Prince Edwards as Donut Guy
  • Tyrone Tann as Kyle
  • Moriah 'Shining Dove' Snyder as Mary
  • J.D. Rosen as Tail Man
  • William Stanford Davis as Portly Coroner
  • Drew Swaine as Young Danyael
  • Anthony Rosselli as Desk Sergeant
  • Hi Border as Toothless Woman
  • Tom Kane as Angel (voice)


Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 17% of six surveyed critics gave the film a positive review; the average rating is 2.9/10.[1] Robert Pardi of TV Guide rated it 1 out of 4 stars and wrote that Walken is not enough to save the film from its absurdities.[2] Mike D'Angelo of Entertainment Weekly rated it D− and said the film series gets progressively worse with each sequel.[3] Whitney Seibold of CraveOnline called it "a middling straight-to-video sequel" that has Walken to add a touch of class.[4] Gordon Sullivan of DVD Verdict wrote, "The Ascent is not great filmmaking, but it aims squarely for genre conventions and hits its mark."[5]


  1. ^ "The Prophecy 3: The Ascent (2000)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2015-08-29. 
  2. ^ Pardi, Robert. "The Prophecy 3: The Ascent". TV Guide. Retrieved 2015-08-29. 
  3. ^ D'Angelo, Mike (2000-03-24). "The Prophecy III: The Ascent". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2015-08-29. 
  4. ^ Seibold, Whitney (2013-08-30). "The Prophecy 3: The Ascent (dir. Patrick Lussier, 2000)". CraveOnline. Retrieved 2015-08-29. 
  5. ^ Sullivan, Gordon (2011-08-19). "The Prophecy 3: The Ascent (Blu-ray)". DVD Verdict. Retrieved 2015-08-29. 

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