Ty Burr
February 28, 1992 AT 05:00 AM EST

Arise!

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
performer
Rev. Buck Naked
genre
Documentary

We gave it a C-

Superior mutants: Repent! Quit your job! Slack off! For years that’s been the message of the Texas-based Church of the SubGenius. Either a bona fide sect or a colossal hoax (depending on how indulgent your sense of humor is), the church and the gonzo minds behind it spew forth a dense, satirical catechism linking alien visitations, government conspiracies, bland godhead J.R. ”Bob” Dobbs, and lots more. Unfortunately, this self-styled ”instructional video barrage tape” is funnier to think about than to sit through. Mixing scenes from past SubGenius theatrical events with campy found footage, Arise! is an epilepsy-inducing sensory blitz that clobbers viewers well past the point where they’ve gotten the joke. Too bad these smart alecks don’t practice what they preach and ease up a little. C-

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