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Arise! The SubGenius Video (1992)

| Comedy, Documentary | Video
A brain-crushing collage of music and video presented in the form of a religious recruitment video. The topics covered (in deadpan narration) are basic psychology, the origin of the human ... See full summary »


Cordt Holland, Douglass Smith (as Rev. Ivan Stang)


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Credited cast:
Seth Deitch Seth Deitch
J.R. 'Bob' Dobbs J.R. 'Bob' Dobbs ... Himself
Juan Fava Juan Fava ... El Físico Nuclear
Janor Hypercleats Janor Hypercleats ... Himself (as Rev. Janor Hypercleats)
Jan Arthur Johnson Jan Arthur Johnson ... Reporter
Pope Sternodox Keckhaver Pope Sternodox Keckhaver ... Himself
David N. Meyer David N. Meyer ... Himself (as Pope David Meyer III)
Mark Mothersbaugh ... Himself
Drelloid Mutant Drelloid Mutant
Rev. Buck Naked Rev. Buck Naked ... Himself
Michael Peppe Michael Peppe ... Himself
Harry S. Robins Harry S. Robins ... Narrator (voice) (as Dr. Howland Owll)
Douglass Smith Douglass Smith ... Himself (as Rev. Ivan Stang)
Robert Anton Wilson Robert Anton Wilson ... Himself


A brain-crushing collage of music and video presented in the form of a religious recruitment video. The topics covered (in deadpan narration) are basic psychology, the origin of the human race, spiritualism, religious dogma, UFO's, the end of the world, and the group's figurehead, J.R. "Bob" Dobbs. Written by Baroque (gopher_baroque <AT> hotmail.com)

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Your kind shall triumph!



Official Sites:

SubGenius web site





Also Known As:

Arise! SubGenius Recruitment Film #16 See more »

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The video begins with a disclaimer/warning that lasts several minutes, and covers such things as mental health, plant growth, the behavior of pets, operation of machinery, gas mileage and a warning that there is no side two of the video tape. That warning is followed by; "However, if you DO discover one...DON'T look at it!" See more »


Dr. Howl: Do not attempt to flip the tape when you reach the end of side one, no matter what you are told by later instructions on the tape. There is no side two. However, if you do discover one, don't look at it.
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Projectionist for this showing _________________ (sign here) See more »

Alternate Versions

The Polygram version deleted some material from the original that was under copyright. See more »


References Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) See more »


The Bobbacatto
Performed by Mark Mothersbaugh
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A Great Historical Record
23 March 2004 | by ASalinaSee all my reviews

Perhaps in some distant future time, archeologists from another world will happen upon the cinder that was once Earth and find a copy of Arise! still in playable condition. And perhaps those alien beings from the future will also have adopted VHS as the home video tape standard over Betamax, just as the Merehums had, and will have a tape deck handy to watch it on. Under those circumstances the extraterrestrial archeologists will come to understand what had happened to planet Earth on July 5, 1998; The Prophecy of J. R. "Bob" Dobbs, the Final Celebration of the Subgenii, The Coming of the Xist Ships, The Whisking Away of The Faithful, The Return to Pick Up Some Forgotten Luggage, The Re-Whisking Away, and finally, The Destruction of Earth and the Merehums.

Or perhaps not. But in any event, YOU can PRETEND to be those alien archeologists, and PRETEND to have found the only playable copy of Arise!, and once more PRETEND to unravel the mysterious demise of Earth Farm One.

By the way, the $9000 copy of Arise! comes with a bucket of complementary hot wings, I think.

P.S. Arise! is not for rent, so forget about making copies. That would be bad and wrong.

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