We couldn't make this up:
Mel Gibson’s The Passion Of The Christ became a cultural phenomenon immediately upon its release in 2004 for a variety of reasons.First, there was that whole thing with the Gib’s father, Hutton Gibson, denying the Holocaust—a touchy subject, given the movie’s preoccupation with Jew-on-Jew violence. Then there was the fact that it made a bajillion dollars in, like, six days. (And rested on the seventh.) But the thing that really nailed the movie to the cultural zeitgeist cross was its unapologetic wallowing in explicit, nauseatingly accurate gore: Truly, The Passion makes “torture porn” like Hostel and Saw look like slightly bloodier episodes of VeggieTales. Gibson brought the verisimilitude of filmed violence to a whole new level, far surpassing the fantastically bloody battle sequences of his directorial debut Braveheart—because what better way to spread the message of Jesus’ love than by showing him ritualistically whipped, flayed, and stabbed to death? Bringing it all back home this Easter Sunday, Emo’s presents a special screening of The Passion with a custom soundtrack composed entirely of the only band who could match it in brutal, viscera-obsessed heaviness: Slayer. Decider
We are glad to see people enjoying Slayer in any form, especially if played loudly. Hopefully they'll repeat the event with Jesus Christ Superstar on June 6.
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