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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 ... Self
Juan Fava Juan Fava ... El Físico Nuclear
Janor Hypercleats Janor Hypercleats ... Self (as Rev. Janor Hypercleats)
Jan Arthur Johnson Jan Arthur Johnson ... Reporter
Pope Sternodox Keckhaver Pope Sternodox Keckhaver ... Self
David N. Meyer David N. Meyer ... Self (as Pope David Meyer III)
Mark Mothersbaugh ... Self
Drelloid Mutant Drelloid Mutant
Rev. Buck Naked Rev. Buck Naked ... Self
Michael Peppe Michael Peppe ... Self
Harry S. Robins Harry S. Robins ... Narrator (voice) (as Dr. Howland Owll)
Douglass Smith Douglass Smith ... Self (as Rev. Ivan Stang)
Steve Wilcox Steve Wilcox ... Dr. Philo Drummond
Robert Anton Wilson ... Self


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!


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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

Re-released on DVD in 2005 with new animations, new footage, as well as "Deleted Scenes" and other features. See more »


Features Häxan (1922) See more »


Can't Hide from God
Performed by Drs. 4 'Bob'
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"Bob" and me go waaaaaay back!
12 May 2011 | by rzajacSee all my reviews

What can I say? I moved to Dallas TX in 1986 and started listening to Rev. Ivan Stang's "The Hour of Slack" on KNON ("Da Voice! Of Da Peephole!"). The Subgenius Church is a reminder that Anything Can Happen Here, and "Arise!" stands as sober evidence that it often does.

Will you like it? Probably not. Either that, or you will be mesmerized and taken on a trip to the farthest reaches of awareness, via the gateway of Likely Unlikelihood. At which stop will Arise! drop you off? Only "Bob" can say... And "he's" not talking!

I saw the first incarnation of this flick at a premiere public showing at Dallas's Art Museum. During the Q&A I had the temerity to ask when Part II would be made, and was greeted with scoffing dismissal--You mean, this wasn't *enough* for someone? Well, it never has been enough for me; and yet it may be too much for you.

But, as "Bob" wisely said, "Too Much is *always* better than Not Enough!"

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