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Rapture-Palooza Had Better Not Be As Generic As This First Poster

The above poster came straight from iTunes Movie Trailers (opens in new tab), so we are fairly certain that it wasn’t just the work of a bored teenager wasting his time with Photoshop instead of cleaning his room. Paul Middleditch’s upcoming dark comedy Rapture-Palooza looks absolutely amazing, full of absurdist humor and surreal situations. In a year strangely full of post-apocalyptic comedies – such as the “Seth Rogen ‘n’ Friends” flick This is the End and Edgar Wright’s The World’s End - Rapture-Palooza’s red band trailer put it out in front as far as zany subject matter.

So why does this poster read 1992 direct-to-video? I’d try and seriously consider how generic it looks, but it’s kind of impossible, even though I like the way the pitchfork is used as the letter E in “rapture.” Silver linings, if nothing else. Seeing Craig Robinson in anything is a plus, but having his Antichrist character stand next to Anna Kendrick in front of a flame graphic is a step down from even the lamest Office episode. Why does co-star John Francis Daley (Freaks and Geeks) have to get shafted?

The film will follow Daley and Kendrick as a married couple who find themselves trapped on Earth after the Rapture hits, and the world is now full of talking crows and a laser-beamed Jesus and general malaise all around. Robinson appears and aims to bring Hell to Earth, but not if our lead couple can help it. These characters are joined by a bunch of co-stars, including Ken Jeong, Rob Corddry, Thomas Lennon, Tyler Labine, Rob Huebel, Paul Scheer and Ana Gasteyer.

The film comes to theaters and to VOD on June 10th, hopefully with a better poster out by then. Check out the trailer below if you missed it the first time. Remember, red band means NSFW.

Nick Venable
Nick Venable

Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.