On a stormy night in the parish of a small town you’ve never heard of, the Son of God at last returns to grant his most fervent followers the gift of immortality - by having them join him in the ranks of the undead!
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For our thesis project at Ryerson University's School of Image Arts, my producer and I wanted to make something memorable. With Zombie Jesus!, the title alone was sure to turn some heads; but a provocative name can not sustain a film.
Of course once you start down the path of offensive and inflammatory ideas, you open yourself up to lots of other juicy topics like abortion and beating up the elderly. But we felt there was also an opportunity in all that obnoxiousness to perhaps make a meaningful statement about religious extremism in any faith. The idea of groups that act with mindless devotion to convert or condemn everyone else draws a pretty distinct parallel to zombie lore. And Christianity's tenets of resurrection and the symbolic flesh eating of communion make them a pretty easy target for this particular satire.
We hope that both devout and secular audiences alike can chuckle at the irreverent humor and embrace the film's message of family and friendship overcoming all differences. Oh yeah, and chicks with crossbows are pretty awesome, too.