I’m the last guy to run this but yeah, I see it…a subliminal flash-frame of bearded Apocalypto director Mel Gibson on the just-up preview trailer for the film on Apple’s movie trailer site. The movie looks intriguing….very high-end spooky stuff. But it’s wacko Mel’s appearance that’s getting all the media attention. Pause the trailer about 3/4 of the way through and start pushing along bit by bit, and suddenly there’s Mel, standing next to a couple of extras covered in white body paint and looking like a mad prophet from the outback on Ecstasy. Nutso smile, lit cigarette, eyes a-poppin’, wild-ass hair, unbuttoned plaid shirt. And it’s not a joke. The key thing for me is the film’s marketing slogan: “When the end comes, not everyone is ready to go.” So now we have the film’s central religious allusion — End of Days, the Rapture, Judgement Day, etc. A civilization (i.e., ours) destroying itself from within. Give me Michael Tolkin’s The Rapture and spare me another foaming-at-the-mouth right wing God-rant…please.