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Image of the Beast (1980)

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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Mike Niday ...
Jim Wright
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Patty Myers: Are you sure you want this book?
Kathy: It's about computers isn't it?
Patty Myers: It's a religious book about people who worship computers. One of the stock boys read it though, he said it was really scary.
David Michaels: Good, you have to scare some people just to get their attention. Should we allow these people to find themselves in the Tribulation period, scared to death? Or get their attention now while something can be done?
Patty Myers: Like what?
David Michaels: Like receiving Christ.
Kathy: I'll read the book, honey, but I'm like you, Patty, I just find...
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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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