What would you call a movie that is a sci-fi, adventure, zombie story with heavy biblical overtones? If that sounds like a schizophrenic narrative, that was the description I was going for.
Given that, Apocalypse Rising is highly original. The movie is about Mia, played by Hunter Alexes Parker (“Run Coyte Run (TV)”, “Anomaly”) and five other alien space travellers who land on earth to stop an impending apocalypse, the same kind that wiped out their home planet.
The year is 2074 and things are about to change fast for us humans. It turns out a genetic mutation causes our species to turn into zombies. The dead shall rise and attack the living.
The biblical references in Apocalypse Rising are on the nose, all of the action takes place in Jerusalem and the Dead Sea starts to spiral as a warning that the zombies are coming.
What makes this blend of genres so bizarre, is that they contradict each other. Apocalypse Rising has some vulgar humor and visuals that anyone who is religious would be repulsed by. Zombie intercourse for example, I’m not religious and I did not care to see moments like this.
On the other hand, I can picture the horror hounds out there watching this and thinking, what’s with all this biblical stuff? I’m sure some people will find this movie funny, it all comes down to personal taste.
A few scenes of comedy are born out of how these alien travellers are quick to procreate with each other in public. They do feel the need to further their species and since they are the last ones left they better get busy.
They are outfitted in tight black leather garb, so that plays into their sexual prowess. Among them is Shane Samples as Magnum and his life mate Thora, portrayed by Victoria Steadman (“Preacher (TV)”, “Roots (TV)”). Beset, played by Johanna Rae (“High Alert”, “The Condo”) is “committed” to Justin Lebrun (“Geostorm”, “Hell Of A Night”) as Phoenix.