Dr. Gillen Lane, a self-help guru and Bible Code expert, is hired by political upstart Stone Alexander
(Michael York) to help with his campaign. It is then ever-so-subtly revealed to us that Stone is The Antichrist
, looking to bring about the Tribulation and Armageddon.
It was followed by a sequel, Megiddo
, in which we learn Stone's origins.
This movie contains examples of:
- A God Am I
- All There in the Script: While Udo Kier's character in Megiddo is never named in the movie proper, the credits list him as "The Guardian"
- The Antichrist: Stone Alexander.
- Brother Chuck: Dominic, Cassandra and Lane, despite aiding Stone at various points in the first movie, are nowhere to be found in the sequel.
- Chewing the Scenery:
- Continuity Snarl: There are no points of continuity between either movie, save for one scene where Stone kills his father (an event referenced in the first movie, and played out in the second). The timelines don't even gibe—the first movie is quite clearly set in 1998-99, yet the second movie, which didn't get to play with pre-millennial fears, sets the bulk of the story in 2011.
- Conspicuous CGI: When we finally see the devil in Megiddo, it looks like a PS2 character.
- Deus ex Machina: God, naturally, does this in both films.
- The Dragon: Dominic in the first film.
- DVD Bonus Content: Of the uninteresting variety. The first film comes with your average "Making Of" feature, which told us exactly what the Second Unit does. The second film comes with a speech from Hal Lindsey, some trailers and a bit of info on how they did the less interesting effects. Why they don't cover the dust hounds the False Prophet summons is a mystery.
- The End of the World as We Know It
- Evil Tastes Good: That bit in Megiddo where Stone and David talk about Stone's chances of getting what he wants...
Stone: I'll always have a chance in Hell, David.
- The General's Daughter: In Megiddo, Stone manages to get the approval of his marriage (in addition to not getting kicked out of military school) to Gabriella by her father as a result of the general selling his soul.
- Gosh Darn It to Heck!: Seeing as these are Christian films, this was to be expected. Gets really noticeable in Megiddo once you see R. Lee Ermey, a guy whose best known role was Cluster F-Bomb incarnate, talking about "blowing smoke up your hind quarters" and the "United BLESSED States of America".
- Hearing Voices: It's revealed that Stone hears voices, but the context of the story implies that these are real voices, and not auditory hallucinations as would occur in mental illness. After his resurrection, Stone reveals what appears on the surface to be thought insertion, a delusion where you believe some of your thoughts are not your own but come from the outside, but considering that he was resurrected after having been dead with no heartbeat in a room temperature place for quite a while, the context implies that these actually are somebody else's thoughts, namely the devil. Of course, Stone :proclaims himself to be God, but this would be more conceit, shared with the devil, than delusion.
- Hey, It's That Guy!: Stone is played by Michael York, Dominic is played by Michael Ironside, and Gillen is played by Casper van Dien. The sequel also gives us Kyle Reese as Stone's kid brother David, Yuri as Stone's anonymous sidekick and Sargent Hartman as The President Of The United States.
- Jesus Taboo: In Megiddo once Stone is defeated by a literal Deus ex Machina, we see him being dragged to a pit of fire while repeatedly shouting "NAZARENE!"
- Meaningful Name: The newsreader/talk show host is named Cassandra. However, she is explicitly not The Cassandra.
- Military School: Young Stone is sent to one in Italy after he tried to burn his baby brother to death.
- Missing Mom: Stone's mother died giving birth to younger brother David.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Megiddo has a scene in which a black maid is comforting David when she mentions the Lord taking their mother but giving Stone David as a baby brother. Soon after, Stone (after having been initially possessed by Satan) then tries to kill David by setting his crib on fire.
- Romance on the Set: Casper van Dien and Catherine Oxenberg married after making the first movie.
- Too Dumb to Live: In Megiddo, the prepubescent Stone tries to get "revenge" on his infant brother for their mother's Death by Childbirth by lighting his crib on fire. He is caught by the maid and what does Stone's father do? Sends him to military school in Italy! Yeah, because when something like this happens, clearly the best course of action is to send the kid alone to an authoritarian environment in a foreign country with easy access to firearms, right?
- The Other Darrin or Name's the Same: Early in the first film, a character is mentioned by the name "Principessa Gabriella Francini". A different character by that name appears in Megiddo.
- Yanks with Tanks: In the sequel Megiddo, the US military sides with David instead of his brother Stone, and fights Armageddon, with Chinese with Chopper Support and Mexicans With Machineguns.