When bored, we are likely to search the web using unlikely word combinations such as "Jesus with a boner" or "Zombie Mohammed" (or the inverse) just to see what we discover. While our Mohammed searches generally tend to remain very dry — after all, who wants to get killed for making jokes about a religion that is love personified? — the Jesus results are often rather entertaining, or even informative.
It was one such search, for example, that led us to learn that while Ed D. Louie's legendary and lost gay porn film Him (1974) grabs all the limelight, there is also an unknown and not-lost Danish heterosexual porn film out there entitled I Saw Jesus Die / Jeg så Jesus dø (1975). (It, too, is now on our list of "Films to See", though not high on it.)
And it was another such search that brought us to find our Short Film of the Month for April 2016, Fist of Jesus. This roughly 15-minute-long Spanish gore film from Adrián Cardona and David Muñoz has reaped in the awards (76 according to the film's website), but for that it seems oddly unknown for a flick with such a great concept, so much gore, and so many giggles. The basic plot involves Jesus' (Marc Velasco) resurrection of Lazarus (Roger Sotera) going all wrong, and how he and his pal Judas (Noé Blancafort) have to set things right. As the website El Gore aptly says, what we have here is an "ultra-violent Peter Jackson (the Braindead [1992 / trailer] / Bad Taste [1987 / trailer] / Meet the Feebles [1989 / trailer] era) reboot version of Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979 / trailer)".
The supposed goal of the filmmakers is to eventually make a feature-length version of the tale, but at the moment they seem content simply rolling out anything they can think of along the product chain (e.g., trading cards, game, t-shirts, etc.).
Fist of Jesus:
In any event, as Horror News puts it: "It's Jesus like you've never seen him before in a short film that's sure to piss off a few churchgoers, but hey………… it's great fun and impressive work, none-the-less!" And something that would surely have cost the two filmmakers their lives had they used a different prophet as their main character.
As an extra:
Jesus Will Survive — Jesus Christ! The Musical: