Seriously, this is not the Mark of the Beast.

I’m working on Part II as we speak, but in the meantime I thought you might enjoy Fred Clark’s article on how Nicolae Carpathia got everyone’s identities stolen.


Rapture-Palooza: In Which Rocks Fall From the Sky, Zombies Mow Their Lawns, and the Protagonist Doesn’t Want to Marry the Antichrist for Some Reason

*Contains mild spoilers but nothing that the trailer doesn’t give away.*

Upon my return from a charming South Carolinian vacation, my first order of business was to watch Rapture-Palooza.  It was disappointingly hard to find in theaters, so I ended up going through IMDB to rent it on for $6.99. (There’s likely a more convenient way to find it, but ever since I got BBC at home and stopped having to scour the internet for my weekly dose of Doctor Who, I’ve stopped paying attention to such things.)

Here was my initial response to Rapture-Palooza:

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This glowing analysis dims a bit in light of the fact that my criteria for best Rapture-themed movie ever consists of “not once did I feel the need to yell/throw things at the screen.”  As a Rapture nerd, I pride myself on having watched more Rapture movies than the average person.  However, as a non-fundamentalist, I get very easily annoyed with these movies, and then I stop watching them halfway through.  Hence I have yet to finish “A Thief in the Night” despite it being a classic in the genre.

What frustrates me about most Rapture movies is the fact that very little in these movies makes sense, and yet it’s usually presented as if everything that’s happening is perfectly logical.  So the fact that Rapture-Palooza admitted upfront that none of it makes any sense immediately endeared it to me.

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The End is Nearer: Updates for the Week of June 2-8, 2013

I’m going to try to post weekly updates so that even if I don’t get one review out per week, ya’ll will still have something to read.  So here’s what’s new as of midnight, June 8, 2013:

  • Rapture-Palooza is now playing in select theaters! Find showtimes in your area.
  • At Medjugorje, visionary Mirjana received a special June 2nd message from the Virgin Mary (Click the message to view in full size):
    June 2nd Message
  • A very happy belated birthday to Damien Thorn, the Antichrist from The Omen!  On June 6th of this year, Damien turned either 63, 47, 42, or 7 (depending on which version you go by).  Happy birthday, Damien!

    Damien Party

    “I will eat your soul.  Then I will eat ice cream and play on a bouncy castle.”

That’s all for this week!  I do my best to keep on top of apocalyptic events in pop culture, but I’m sure I’m missing things!  If you know of anything I missed, I hope you will post it in the comments.  If there’s ever anything you want to see in a weekly update, please email me at, and I’ll do my best to include it!