Prophecies of Nostradamus is infamous for its depiction of mutated human beings. One week after the film was released, a viewer lodged a complaint with the Japanese film ratings board, citing the New Guinea sequence and the post-climactic scene featuring two mutated children fighting to eat a snake. Toho had a few frames excised, publicly apologized and even dubbed in the line, “Don’t shoot! They’re human beings!” After its theatrical release and a 1980 television broadcast, the film was officially pulled from circulation by Toho.
In the film, scientific advances cause an outbreak of giant slugs, oversized bats, children with genetic mutations enhancing their physical or mental abilities, and bizarre changes in weather, such as snow falling on the pyramids. The film gets bleaker and bleaker, until Dr. Nishiyama hypothesizes a scenario that re-edits the climactic war footage from The Last War, augmenting them with a scene of the surviving humans, looking like sufferers of neurofibromatosis, fighting over who gets to eat a snake.
Conjured by o~ SeMeN SPeRmS ~o on March 5, 2011