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Saturday, May 19, 2007

Jesus Christ, Vampire Hunter

**** Jesus Christ, Vampire Hunter. Comedy/horror.

Directed by: Lee Demarbre.
Starring: Phil Caracas, Murielle Varhelyi, Jeff Moffett, Ian Driscoll, Josh Grace.

I bought this for Carl for Christmas (heh) on the recommendation of the lunatics savvy folks at the Jim Butcher forums. I'm not sure what I expected, but I don't think anyone would have expected this.

Suppose that there are vampires in Canada. And suppose that they have a preference for lesbians. Just who would you get to fight them? Why, Jesus Christ, of course, who's been living pretty quietly these days.

He teams up with Mary Magnum and, later, the Mexican wrestler El Santos (who I initially thought was the Holy Ghost--hey, it could have been--God was in a bowl of cherries, after all), gets a new look, and kicks butt.

The whole movie looks like a student project--very low budget, very amateurish on pretty much every angle you can think of: the acting, the stunts, the sets, the sound quality, you name it. But I love that sort of thing. I mentioned before that I prefer amateur theater. But this is more than that. This is like the small circuses you can see here. (The link isn't one of the smallest circuses--unsurprisingly, they don't generally have websites, and I've spent enough time trying to find a more descriptive link.) Anyway, there are circuses here with maybe a dozen people total doing everything from setting up to selling tickets to 3 or 4 different acts each. I love those. That's what Jesus Christ, Vampire Hunter was like. It was to a Hollywood movie what the small traveling circus is to Ringling Brothers/Barnum & Bailey.

Granted, I'm pretty much a-religious (even anti-Religious, if it's with a capital "R"), but I have a really thorough fundamentalist Christian background, and other than the audacity of portraying Jesus in a modern setting and a story that's not overtly Religious, it's not sacreligious at all. That is, the Jesus in the movie sticks pretty close to the one in the bible. He may kick the vampires around, but he ends up healing them, too.

And then there's the musical/dance number. The entire movie is worth watching just for that alone.

The kids enjoyed it, too. Yeah, I know. I should be going to hell for exposing my kids to something like this. Not to worry. I've got my Get Out of Hell Free card.


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I have never heard of this...but I am going to loom for it especially with the Candian connection! Thanks Darla!!!
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