Directed by: David Heavener
Starring: David Heavener, Rebecca Holden, Ric White, Davita Sharone, Aimee Tenaglia, and DJ Perry
John 141 (Heavener) is some kind of intergalactic future TV star. His
producers have him running from planet to planet in the galaxy to do
increasingly harder challenges. When he is sent to earth, he becomes
attached to a young mute girl, Amy (Sharone) and an alien hunter.
After some experiences on earth (in the small town of Paris,
Tennessee), he discovers God and the Christian religion. With the help
of the angelic Molly (Holden), John 141 must fight for his survival and
that of his new compatriots, as well as his new religion.
We’re big David Heavener
fans. We think he’s talented and underrated, and we appreciate how all
of his movies are labors of love where he stars, writes, directs, does
the music and probably does the catering and is the Best Boy and Key
Grip. We’re always looking out for his movies. If someone not accustomed
films found Outlaw Prophet and popped it in their DVD player, they would probably groan and say,
in one way or another, how they can’t tolerate such “badness”. True, the
early CD-ROM-style computer graphics are quite bargain basement and
thus funny - and even mesmerizing - but in this case you have to look
beneath the surface.
Basically going it alone, David Heavener
fashioned this tale of religious awakening in his own inimitable way.
While, to be honest, it does become a bit too much of a wacky sci-fi
slog for its own good, try to imagine some sort of cross between Abraxas (1990)
(with which this movie shares an interesting amount of similarities), Death Drug (1978) and the dreaded Shredder Orpheus (1990).
While this movie “shreds” Shredder Orpheus, the cheap, day-glo-soaked
set design and lack of coherence reminded us of that film.
And while the vibe of the movie might remind you of something the people behind Hell House (2001)
might make, you’ve got
to admire Heavener for trying to inject deep theological questions
amidst cheesy laser effects, some sort of talking brain called
“McBride”, and stock footage from other Heavener movies (including a
tantalizing few seconds of some Robert Z’Dar movie), all while wearing
tights. TIGHTS! I guess that means he’s from the future. Or space. Or
While not the first movie you should see if you’re
turning on to David Heavener, Outlaw Prophet remains a unique - if
flawed - production. Watch for the music video in the church. It’s a
Comeuppance Review by: Ty and Brett