APOCALYPSE RISING (2018) Reviews and overview

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‘They came from a doomed world to save us from the same fate’

Apocalypse Rising is a 2018 science fiction fantasy horror feature film directed by Richard Lowry (Alien Overlords; DominionJessica: A Ghost Story) from a screenplay written by Gregory P. Wolk. The movie stars Hunter Alexes Parker, Shane Samples and Justin Lebrun.

Mia is an extrasensory teenage girl living on the planet Rathe, a world besieged by the undead. After a violent last stand, Mia and her warrior friends escape their world in a spacecraft…


“Biblical references abound, but don’t mistake this for a religious movie. It’s really funny in places, and brimming with simulated sex! The battle scenes are full of gore and spurting blood, often feeling like an over the top video game. Zombies! Splatter! Space Opera! Apocalypse Rising delivers them all. Only procreation could be more satisfying…” Indie Horror Online

” …despite this films ridiculously camp nature, director Richard Lowry still manages to instill parts of the film with a real sense of dread, only for the script to come along and talk about shagging again! It doesn’t hurt that the zombies, and the rest of the films gory effects, are rendered really rather well […] And when you get tired of the film’s story you get more sex, then we get sex and gore, then sex, gore and zombies.” Nerdly

Apocalypse Rising is silly, bloody and raunchy […] the film never gets sleazy, instead keeping a cartoonish quality that allows the audience to go along on the wild journey and be pleasantly surprised by the twists along the way.” Pop Geeks

” …all over the place thematically. One minute it’s making serious points about the human condition. The next it’s delivering smutty comments as a couple go at it while a scientist is trying to explain an important discovery. All of it mixed with constant religious references, both to the alien’s religion and biblical ones. Jesus even makes an appearance, and there’s a zombie Jesus as well as the Christian savior.” Voices from the Balcony

“This is what happens when you mix the Bible, a futuristic Earth and horny aliens on a mission? Richard Lowry’s Apocalypse Rising is an old school Skinemax movie without the skin. It’s a modern-day version of the campy 80’s movies you’d only know about because it played on USA’s Up All Night.” Without Your Head


Gravitas Ventures and Giant Meteor Films have released Apocalypse Rising on various VOD platforms such as Amazon Instant as well as DVD.

Cast and characters:

  • Hunter Alexes Parker … Mia – Anomaly
  • Shane Samples … Magnum
  • Justin Lebrun … Phoenix
  • Johanna Rae… Beset
  • Victoria Steadman … Thora
  • James R. Frey Karl 
  • Kelly Brown Shira
  • Shiah Luna India
  • David Namminga David
  • Katelyn Levario Noa
  • Dennis Marin Jesus
  • John R Mangus Mia’s Father
  • Ronald Bush High Priest

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