Gory Gory Hallelujah DVD Review
Reviewed by Neon Maniac
DVD released by Indican Pictures
Directed by Sue Corcoran
Written by Angie Louise
2003, Region 1 (NTSC), 96 Minutes, Not rated
Black Jesus, Bi-curious Jesus, Feminist Jesus and Jew Jesus take off on a cross country motorcycle trip after being turned down for the part of Jesus in, "The Greatest Play Ever Written." As with all good road trip movies, things do not work out as planned. The quartet finds themselves up to their elbows in coked out Elvises, murder raps and drug charges. On the lam, the Jesus's find safety on the back roads of America, until they get nabbed in the ultra-religious small town of Jackville. Suddenly, the four Jesuses find themselves embroiled in a real estate scam, morality charges and the search for the holiest of religious artifacts: God's Magic Penis.
Misuse of the Magic Penis brings about the apocalypse and zombies are everywhere. What's a Jesus to do?
This is not your father's zombie film.
Just when you think you have seen it all, a film like Gory Gory Hallelujah comes along and upsets the status quo. The Von Piglet Sisters (filmmakers Sue Corcoran and Angie Louise) have created one of the oddest and funniest zombie films around. It's an unusual and off the wall film that mixes action, horror and comedy with thoughtful and clever dialogue.
The film does drag at some points, mainly due to dialogue intensive scenes, but that is the exception, not the rule. The acting is done well, and it wouldn't surprise me to find any of the lead Jesuses turning up in other films or TV in the future. While a lot of the acting is on the hammy side of the sandwich, it's never over done, and it's not over acting, it's what the movie calls for.
The Von Piglets cram a lot of story into a short 96 minutes, and while a lot of first time filmmakers might end up in over their heads, that was not the case here. Zombies, Jesuses, Elvises, Salphic love circles, Black Power, God's Magic Penis and a Broadway style song and dance number all fit nicely in the same brown paper wrapper.
With yet another female duo making zombie films in Seattle (see Snow Day, Blood Snow Day for the other,) I have to wonder what's up with my home town. Are the rumors about the Rainier brewery true? Was all the volcanic ash we inhaled really safe? When's the next one coming out? If I'd known such horror talent would eventually take root, I think I would have stuck around.
While not available on DVD yet, Gory Gory has been burning up the festival circuit for the last couple of years; winning Best Fantasy Film at Shockerfest in 2003, and a special Jurror Prize at the Bend Film Festival. Watch their website to find out when this movie will be available.
Video and Audio:
The disc I received for review was 1.85:1 non-anamorphic. The picture was a bit soft, and reds seemed overly bright, but none of this detracted from the enjoyment of the film.
Gory Gory Hallelujah fronts an adequate Dolby Digital audio track. Par for the course for a low budget film. It is crisp and clear.
The only extras on the disc were a theatrical trailer and production photos. It is about what is to be expected on a low budget movie, but after watching the film you might find yourself wishing for a cast and crew commentary. I did.
(Neon's Movie Lounge contains a Zenith 42" Plasma EDTV, Oppo DV971H DVD player using a DVI connection, JVC 5.1 DD/DTS receiver and JBL Northridge E Series speakers.)