Apocalypse Rising

Synopsis: They came from a doomed world to save us from the same fate.
83 min



- [clatter]

- [sword unsheathes]

[distant laughter]

[distorted battle sounds]

- [battle sounds continue]

- [horses whinny]

[swords clashing]

[missiles screech through air]

- [automatic gunfire]

- [explosions]

[Major Lee]

Get to the ship!

- Your people lied to us!

- And yours, us.

But who was right?

The Ariels?

The Nepilates?

It's irrelevant now.

There's no world left

to destroy with our hate.

Go to hell, Major.






What's wrong, Father?

I won't.

You must.

Save me from eternal death.

[Major Lee]

I love you.


I love you, Father.




[electrical beeping]


Twenty seconds until takeoff.

[engines powering up]

Fifteen seconds.

Ten seconds.


Five, four, three,

- two, one.

- Buckle up, guys.

We're takin' off.

[engines power down]

All right, guys.

Looks like we're in the clear.

Mia, Magnum?

Get into your stasis suits.

- [clicks tongue]

- Yes, Commander.

[door whooshes]

All right, everyone.

Commitment oaths.

Because of my religion?

So it's just a coincidence

that all the rest of you

worship He Who Watches,

while I don't?

Your hatred for us

destroyed this world.

And believe me,

you make it so easy

to hate you.

That's enough!

We'll need to put aside

our differences

and live in peace on the new

world Zohar has selected for us.

We may as well start now.

Mia, stasis injection.


Sleep well, my friends.


Redirecting trajectory course.

[electronic beeping]

[distorted voices, growling]


[Major Lee]

Do you feel it?

[Mia] Yes, Father.

I hear it, too.

He is born.


It's coming!

Please... help.



Thank you, Father!



Mary, where are you?!

Mary! Mary!

[baby crying in distance]

Don't hurt my wife and baby!

Mary. Mary.

[baby crying]

Come see.

The Savior is born.

[demonic growling]

[screaming] No! No-o-o-o!

- [man continues screaming]

- [zombies growling]

[flesh tearing]

[inhuman sobbing]

[deep growling]

[crying continues]

[zombies moaning]


Okay, guys.

Everybody up.

We are here.


You know what that means?

Commitment oaths.

Directive alpha.

Time to procreate.

[joints cracking]


Holy crap.

Is that a Zed?

- It's my father.

- Not anymore, kid.

Let me guess.

He tried to eat you,

so you...

Live... in peace...

on new world.


Directive alpha.

I'm not going

to mate with you,

You're no man.

You don't have a choice.


- Commander?

- Mia, those are the rules.

Necessary to rebuild

our civilization.

But... if you guys

didn't take commitment oaths,

well, the rule is nullified.


Detecting planet's atmosphere.

Initiating entry burn.

What the hell?!

This wasn't our destination.

Too late now, guys.

Buckle up.

[seatbelts click]

[objects thudding

on spaceship exterior]

We're coming into

the atmosphere, guys.

It's gonna be rough.

[instruments beep]

[instruments beeping]


[Mia] Thank you for bringing us

to this world safely.

We pray that you continue

to watch over us.

We promise to live in peace

with the inhabitants.

Inhabitants? We couldn't even

live in peace back at home.

We come from the same god.

We're all made

in his image.

Say it!

[all] We promise

to live in peace

with the inhabitants.


Igniting center engine

for landing burn.

Thank you, Zohar.


Landing complete.

Rathean passengers,

you get a second chance.

Please don't f*** it up

this time.

[Phoenix] It's odd Zohar

changed our course.

Taking us out of stasis

six months early.

Let us make our new world

commitment oath.

Thank you for bringing us

to this world safely.

Whether it's He Who Watches,

He Who Listens,

or She Who Guides.

Or he who got fed up

with our bullshit

and when to find

a new world.

To a fresh start,

free of religious divisions.




We're here, Father,

I promise to live by the sword

and die by the sword.

[Mia] I sense this emblem

to be a symbol of goodness

and protection.

But sadly, it's also been used

to justify evil.

An emerging power will soon

threaten this world.

Could it be the same force

that destroyed Rathe?


A good or a bad vision?

[Mia] Someone very good

and kind was born in this land.

But he was a Zed.


There are no good Zeds.

[Mia] Not on Rathe, anyway.

By Zohar's estimation,

we have arrived

in this planet's year 2074.

Many wars have

transpired here

leaving the inhabitants

in a state of despair

and futility, and unaware

of the apocalyptic threat

that is about to be

unleashed upon them.

[distant voices]

[girl laughing]

- Do we all understand?

- Such a crude,

rudimentary language.

What does "like, whatever" mean?

It's a dismissive response

to a question.

I hope they don't

have tentacles.

Mm, none as big as your

tentacle, I'm sure.

No, three minutes more.


And I was like, "Whatever."

I thought it might be a wolf.

When have you heard

a wolf cluck?

[laughs, scoffs]

Who the f*** are you?

I'm Thora.

This is my committed, Magnum.

This is Phoenix and Beset,

who are committed.

- [Girl #1] Committed for what?

- To procreate.

Hold that for me,

would ya, sweetheart?

- Hello, Wolfie.

- Hello.

Procreate often?

In two minutes

I'm about to.

Ya see, Noa?

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