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Holocaust 2000 (1977)

An executive in charge of a Middle Eastern nuclear plant discovers that his son is the Anti Christ and sets out to stop him from using the nuclear power at his fingertips to wipe out ... See full summary »

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Alberto De Martino

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Sergio Donati (screenplay), Alberto De Martino (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kirk Douglas ... Robert Caine
Simon Ward ... Angel
Agostina Belli ... Sara Golan
Anthony Quayle ... Griffith
Alexander Knox ... Meyer
Virginia McKenna ... Eva Caine
Spiros Focás Spiros Focás ... Harbin (as Spiros Focas)
Ivo Garrani Ivo Garrani ... Prime Minister
Massimo Foschi ... Young Arab
Romolo Valli ... Charrier
John Carlin John Carlin ... Robertson
Peter Cellier ... Sheckley
Gerard Hely Gerard Hely ... Clarke
Penelope Horner ... Caine's Secretary
Caroline Langrishe ... Girlfriend (as Caroline Horner)
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An executive in charge of a Middle Eastern nuclear plant discovers that his son is the Anti Christ and sets out to stop him from using the nuclear power at his fingertips to wipe out mankind. Written by Jonathon Dabell <J.D.@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>

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The world will be destroyed in a rain of fire. It is written. See more »

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Horror

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Country:

UK | Italy

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

15 September 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lucifer's Curse See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

There is a TV Spot/clip on the Cheezy Horror DVD Volume 1 by Cheezy Flicks. See more »

Alternate Versions

The European general release version of the film features an open ending, where Kirk Douglas is in exile with his newborn child, and his adult son now successfully operating the nuclear plant that is intended to cause Armageddon. In the shortened version released in U.S. theaters, home video, and network television, a new ending was added where Douglas returns to America and blows up the plant, sacrificing himself in the process. The U.S. DVD from Lionsgate retains the original darker ending. See more »

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Good, fun rip-off of The Omen
21 July 2007 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

Italian filmmakers in the seventies weren't exactly slow when it came to ripping off successful films, and indeed it didn't take long for Alberto De Martino to deliver this obvious Omen rip-off just one year after the release of Richard Donner's successful film in 1976. The title suggests that the film will put something of a modern spin on the story, and indeed it has as in this tale of the Antichrist living among us humans, there is a nuclear power station at the centre. Kirk Douglas plays Robert Caine, an executive in charge of a Middle Eastern nuclear power plant. One of his main backers is his son, Angelo, but Angelo's reasons for wanting the power plant built are far more sinister than anything Robert would have expected. After a series of events, it becomes apparent to Robert that his son doesn't want the plant built to benefit mankind. In fact, he is the son of the Devil and his reasons for wanting the nuclear power plant completed is so he can carry out the Devil's work and use the plant to destroy all of mankind!

It has to be said that this really isn't a good film. It rips off The Omen so much it's almost painful, and the rest of the movie is a complete mess. However, I can't completely condemn this movie as aside from the numerous plot issues, it's a lot of fun to watch and there always plenty of stuff going on. The Omen became infamous for its gory and inventive death scenes, and while the ones here may not be all that inventive - they're plenty gory and serve in adding to the fun. The only big actor in the film is Kirk Douglas. This can hardly be considered the classic actor's best work (not that I'm a big fan of most of his stuff), but somehow he manages to stay fairly credible despite the fact that the dialogue in this film is choppy at best, and it cant be easy to act well when you're working with actors that are less than brilliant. There's not a lot in this movie that will make you think, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. It all boils down to the sort of conclusion you can expect, but it's good fun getting there and overall I'd give this Omen rip off a thumbs up.


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