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Image of the Beast (1980)

 |  Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  3 May 1981 (USA)
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Third and best known entry in the Mark IV series of fundamentalist apocalypse films. Fundamentalist Christian guerrilla David helps condemned dissidents escape, attempts to subvert the ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
William Wellman Jr. ...
David Michaels
Susan Plumb ...
Kathy
Patty Dunning ...
Russell S. Doughten Jr. ...
Reverend Matthew Turner (as Russell Doughten)
Wenda Shereos ...
Leslie
Thom Rachford ...
Jerry Bradford (as Tom Rachford)
Maryann Rachford ...
Diane Bradford
Sandy Christen ...
Sandy Stevens
David Crabtree
Ben Sampson ...
Billy
Justin Craig
Herb Brown ...
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Ray Baxter
Mike Niday ...
Jim Wright
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Third and best known entry in the Mark IV series of fundamentalist apocalypse films. Fundamentalist Christian guerrilla David helps condemned dissidents escape, attempts to subvert the computerized Mark of the Beast, and generally tries to survive as prophecy unfolds in the rise of the Antichrist to the pinnacle of his power and the beginning of God's war on sinful man. Written by D.A. Kellough <dkelloug@infinet.com>

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This prophetic series began with "A THIEF IN THE NIGHT," then came "A DISTANT THUNDER" ...and now the MIGHTIEST of them all... ...as the story continues

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David Michaels: I'm curious, if you're not a believer, why haven't you taken the mark yet?
[Kathy hands him a book]
David Michaels: Computer Prophecies. Hmm, you uh, know anything about computers?
Kathy: Uh huh, I used to be a computer analyst, and there's a chapter in here called 'The day of the Beast'. It says that if a person takes the mark, that he is selling his soul to the devil, and he'll be tormented forever.
[Billy coughs]
Kathy: I won't take it, I'd rather die first.
David Michaels: Well, that could be any minute if we don't get out of here. That ...
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21 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie when I was a child and it terrified me. I still vividly recall images of the Rapture, the Mark of the Beast and the horrible fate of those Left Behind. It's the perfect movie to show your kids if you're a religious fanatic and you want your kids to start wetting the bed and crying in their sleep. It actually sowed the first seeds of my disbelief and started my move away from Christianity. If you have to resort to terrifying people in order to convert them instead of using rational discourse it doesn't say a whole lot for your belief system. This movie relies on the worst sort of emotional manipulation to convey its message. I didn't see the others in the series but since this is the best of the bunch I probably wouldn't bother with the others. I watched this movie again recently and I didn't find it terrifying at all, just really overwrought and annoying. If you like those cheesy Left Behind Books, you'll probably like this version of the Revelation fantasy. Oh, and the acting is really awful.


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