Film / Holocaust 2000

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Holocaust 2000 (also known as Rain of Fire) is a 1977 Italian Religious Horror movie directed by Alberto De Martino and starring Kirk Douglas. The soundtrack was composed by Ennio Morricone.

Robert Caine (Kirk Douglas) is a true believer in nuclear energy. As a wealthy and powerful industrialist and engineer, he plans to build power plants to make nuclear power commonplace all over the world. Naturally, he is unconvinced by protests in the Middle East over his controversial decision to build one such plant near a sacred cave.

However, just as he is about to reap the benefits of his hard work and retire on a comfortable nest egg, turning over his corporations to his son Angel (Simon Ward), he starts having disturbing dreams, visions of the Apocalypse as described in the Book of Revelations. And his son is starting to show signs that he might be the cause of it...

This movie contains examples of:

  • The Antichrist: Robert starts to believe that he may have spawned the Antichrist after noticing several symbols showing up in different places and dreaming about the end of the world. Since he had just hooked up with a younger woman who quickly became pregnant, he's convinced that he needs to abort their child to save mankind. In fact, his older son Angel is the actual Antichrist.
  • Arc Number: The Number of The Antichrist, 30.397368 = 2√231, which looks like "IESVS" spelled upside-down.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: In the theatrical ending there's nothing left stopping Angel Caine from unleashing the apocalypse upon mankind.
  • Beard of Evil: The religious fanatic who attempts to kill Robert twice has a sinister beard.
  • Beast of the Apocalypse: Played with. Robert has an apocalyptic nightmare featuring the seven-headed Beast from the Sea from the Book of Revelation. However, this actually symbolizes the seven-towered nuclear power plant he is working on.
  • Cain and Abel: Angel murdered his twin brother with his own umbilical cord while they were still in the womb.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: After having sex with Sara, Robert has a nightmare where he sees the world being destroyed at the hands of the Antichrist that he helped spawn.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Angel Caine is a suave English gentleman whose boyish good looks hide the fact that he's actually a chilling sociopath and The Antichrist himself.
  • Going Critical: Robert's company is working on building a new type of nuclear power plant in the Middle East that could provide energy for the entire Third World. The project garners masses of protestors because it could end up causing a meltdown that would result in nuclear stockpiles all over the world blowing up (exactly how this would work is never addressed).
  • Helicopter Blender: The new Israeli prime minister is killed when he gets off a plane to hold a press conference by a spinning helicopter blade.
  • Knight Templar: Robert is attacked by a religious madman who is convinced that he will bring about the end of the world. He kills Robert's wife instead when his son Angel intervenes to swerve the assassin's knife out of the way.
  • May–December Romance: After his wife is killed, the near-retirement Robert Caine (Kirk Douglas) starts a romance with a much younger Israeli woman named Sara Golan and later has a child with her. He didn't tell his adult son Angel initially because he's a bit embarrassed about the age gap, but Angel approves nonetheless.
  • Multiple Endings: There is an alternate ending that continues after Robert has fled with Sara and his newborn child to escape his diabolical son Angel where Robert shows up at an airport several months later. It's implied that he returned to plant a bomb at Angel's corporate meeting in Geneva to stop him from destroying the world. The original was a straight-up The Bad Guy Wins ending.
  • Name of Cain: Subverted by Robert Caine, who merely unknowingly fathered The Antichrist, but played straight by his diabolical son Angel Caine.
  • Non-Indicative Name: The movie doesn't take place in the year 2000, and the plot is not related to the Holocaust (it's only briefly mentioned when the villain explains his plans for a nuclear holocaust). Instead, it's a Religious Horror film about The Antichrist set in the 1970s.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Angel Caine is plotting to destroy the world in nuclear fire, which he refers to as a "cleansing holocaust to purge humanity".
  • Religious Horror: The plot revolves around The Antichrist being born at the end of the second millennium and utilizing nuclear technology to bring about the apocalypse.
  • Revealing Hug: While Sara is staying at Angel's apartment, there's a moment where he embraces her in a hug and rather sinisterly looks away.
  • Screaming Birth: Sara gives birth to her and Robert's child while screaming, an event for which Robert himself is absent because he's convinced that his newborn is The Antichrist and tried to have it aborted against Sara's will before.
  • Trope 2000: The title of the film, though the title card indicates Rain of Fire. Probably it just sounded cooler.


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