Gory Gory Hallelujah

In July of 2003 Gory Gory Hallelujah was released to the world. The comedy horror musical was written by Angie Louise, directed by Sue Corcoran, and produced by Leslie Rugaber and Von Piglet Sisters. The music was done by Bruce Monroe and it was distributed by Indication Pictures.

The cast of Gory Gory Hallelujah includes Angie Louise as Jessie, Todd Licea as Joshua, Tim Gouran as Sky, Jeff Gilbert as Rahim, Keith Winsted as Preacher John, Joseph Franklin as Mo Jack, and Jason Collins as Ralph Peed.

The film is just short of 100 minutes and the production budget was $425,000 with a Box Office turnout of $12,604. Gory Gory Hallelujah has not been rated, but simply put it is a rather short B-rated movie. Although it cannot quite be called a classic it is often called a cult film. On October 30th, 2006, it was released to DVD, after it was released domestically in January of 2005. It is a live action, original screenplay in the form of a musical.

Gory Gory Hallelujah is a combination of horror and humor, spun in the form of song and music. It also certainly isn't a family movie with plenty of crudeness, drug use, moral satire and the like, so it isn't for those who are faint of heart or those easily bothered by such themes. Although Gory Gory Hallelujah is marked as a zombie movie there are many components in it that don't lend to the typical zombie storyline. In fact a lot of it isn't even close, but there still is that aspect of zombies in it later on in the film.

The story starts off with four rejected actors who had all tried out for the part of Jesus in The Greatest Play Ever Written. Among them is a Jew (Joshua), bi-curious/hippie (Sky), a militant African American (Rahim), and a feminist (Jessie). Together they embark on a motorcycle roadtrip where they aim to try out for Jesus Christ Superstar in New York City. Their first adventure takes place in a bar as the four stumble upon an odd group of drugged-up Elvis impersonates up to no good. Drug charges and murder raps come to follow soon after, and the four become on the run from the law and it lands them arrested in a place called Jackville. Most of the story unfolds here, in the small town of Jackville, where there are radical conservatives/backwoods rednecks, extremist Christians, evil businessmen, and finally, to top things off, zombies—but that isn't until after Joshua, Sky, Rahim, and Jessie struggle with the local townsfolk. 

Things begin with Mr. Mo Jack, an older black man who has some valuable land that a greedy real estate developer is seeking to obtain. Morality charges soon come into play along with the search for/misuse of God's Magic Penis, which evidently spurns on the long-waited for zombie apocalypse. The zombie apocalypse also happens to save Jessie, who is about to be burned at the stake. It seems that the apocalypse is a positive turn for the plot of the film and all perish except for Jessie. She lives among them and takes on the endeavor of studying their culture.

What are people's opinions of Gory Gory Hallelujah? On Rotten Tomatoes the audience gives a 38% approval rating. IMDb gives it an approval rating of 4.6/10 stars. Many people claim that the film was ridiculous, silly, and not in the least genuinely funny. Other critics also said that it cannot be called a zombie movie when the zombies only appeared at the end and that there was relatively little actual gore. Yet, despite the few people who do speak out against Gory Gory Hallelujah and the mostly bad reception—in addition to the fact that it was a flop in the movie industry, there are still quite a few fans of the film. One review says the film is offensive for everyone and full-on black satire, but if that ishow you like your zombie movies then you should enjoy it. 

Actually, the review was positive towards Gory Gory Hallelujah. If you are a fan of zombie parodies and genuinely don't get offended easily, you are willing to wait to the end for zombies, and if you have a fairly strong stomach, then Gory Gory Hallelujah could be great for you. Despite the great amount of negative reception a lot of this is likely just people who didn't know exactly what they were in for. If this is your kind of movie, however, then it should be pretty good. A surprising number of people call it amazing, enjoyable, and hilarious, even a must-see. Sign up for cable TV so you get to see the best entertainment.