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Rain of Fire [Import]

Kirk Douglas , Simon Ward , Alberto De Martino    Unrated   DVD

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3.0 out of 5 stars Holocaust 2000 - a better Omen sequel than the actual Omen sequels Sept. 20 2010
By Trevor Willsmer - Published on Amazon.com
Alberto De Martino's Anglo-Italian Holocaust 2000 aka Rain of Fire aka The Chosen is another post-Omen ripoff with an ageing Hollywood star jumping on the Satanic conspiracy bandwagon, in this case Kirk Douglas as a powerful industrialist whose plans to build a controversial nuclear power plant in the Holy Land might just trigger the End of Days. Naturally, he doesn't see it that way at first, but even before he dismisses one critic by urging him to "Stop talking like a ridiculous prophet of the Apocalypse! I'm not counting on God. I'm putting my faith in nuclear energy!", you can see where this is heading even if he can't. But a few deaths courtesy of the odd celebrity victim in the supporting cast like Anthony Quayle or Virginia McKenna, one ominous computer printout, a fertile fling with Agostina Belli's photographer and a chance meeting with Romolo Valli's priest later and he's having nightmarish visions of the Apocalypse and, this being the 70s when you had more chance of getting Sylvia Kristel to keep her clothes on in a film than Kirk, we're having nightmarish full-frontal visions of Douglas running naked through the desert as he gradually comes to believe that his proposed seven-towered nuclear plant might just be the seven-head Beast of the Book of Revelations and that his unborn child might just be AntiChrist (a common ailment with ageing movie stars in the 70s) while screaming "We're not seven-headed monsters bringing about the Apocalypse!" at his corporate minions. Luckily - or perhaps not - he's teamed up with the Vatican's only pro-abortion priest to kill the sprog, but things don't quite go to plan and thanks to his angelic son Simon Ward he finds himself in a rubber room in Adolfo Celi's steel and glass asylum: well, Kirk did always want to make One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest...

LionsGate's US DVD, released as Rain of Fire, is the European version with the original open ending: for the shorter US cut, a clumsy and rushed epilogue (not included on the DVD, though it can be found on YouTube) was added by editing shots of a board meeting, Douglas arriving at an airport, a body double sewing dynamite into his suit and a stock footage explosion together to laughable effect. Otherwise there are surprisingly few moments of unintentional comedy, though Douglas' reaction to the semi-decapitation of the Israeli Prime Minister by a helicopter and his gurning expression when passing out after being drugged are spit-your-coffee-across-the-room ones. You can see the twist coming a mile off, but while it offers no surprises and is about as frightening as processed cheese, it's easygoing schlock entertainment with some class and a decent budget, and it's probably a better Omen sequel than the actual sequels.
3.0 out of 5 stars The End Of The World According To The Italians Aug. 22 2014
By Steve V. - Published on Amazon.com
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Amongst the many revered names in Italian cult cinema, very few are going to remember Alberto De Martino as one of the masters of his craft. A career "hack" that piggy-backed on any genre that exploded in Italy (from peplum to "Exorcist" rip-offs), Martino was certified copycat through and through. His two most famous films were probably "The Antichrist" (his "Exorcist" rip) and this odd-ball take off of "The Omen".

Kirk Douglas plays a tycoon looking to bring nuclear energy to the Middle East and finds out he plays an important role in the advent of the antichrist. Along the way, he has insane dreams of being molested by anti-nuclear activists, watches a computer detect pure evil, and boffs a much younger women across the screen.

It's not a good movie, but it's gleefully insane and surprisingly violent; a scene with a helicopter decapitation and a riot in a sanitarium are the gooey highlights. I liked this one quite a bit, especially to see all the dignified people slumming it in this ridiculous story.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 6 2014
By Frances W. Conover - Published on Amazon.com
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Pretty scary.
4.0 out of 5 stars Just like the Omen Feb. 1 2014
By ShoShiggety - Published on Amazon.com
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good movie - worth watching. I stumbled across it recently. Too bad not promoted as much as other movies. So
3.0 out of 5 stars Holocaust 2000 revisited. Jan. 17 2014
By The Baron - Published on Amazon.com
Kirk Douglas is Robert Caine, a wealthy and powerful man who is in the process of creating a powerful nuclear reactor. Unfortunately for him, and the world, sinister forces appear to be at work behind the scenes, propelling the world toward Armageddon. This film obviously takes it's cues from The Omen (Two-Disc Collector's Edition), but in the end it's not up to that classic film's level. Kirk Douglas gives a decent performance, but he does get a bit manic as the film goes on. Simon Ward is Angel Caine, his ever-present and faithful son. Hats off to Ward for his performance. He far outshines Douglas. There is a lack of subtlety here as the anti-nuclear message is driven home a tad too vehemently and some of the performances shade over into the territory of parody. However, Ennio Morricone's score goes a long way toward smoothing out the rough patches. Previously known as Holocaust 2000 and The Chosen, Rain of Fire is basically a somewhat clunky imitation, but it does have it's charms.

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