IF FOOTMEN TIRE YOU, WHAT WILL HORSES DO? (1971 U.S.) D/W: RON ORMOND
After a series of near-death experiences converted him to Christianity, legendary Nashville-based exploitation filmmaker Ormond and his family (who`s previous picture had been MONSTER AND THE STRIPPER) teamed up with Estus W. Pirkle, a real fire and brimstone preacher to present his sermons in cinematic form. The first fruits of their labour was this mind boggling 52 mins. of pro-Christian, anti-Communist insanity that is half filmed sermon and half filmed "reconstructions". Pirkle explains to his bewildered flock how Communists will take over America "in 15 mins" (!) if we don`t amend our ways and devote more time to reading the scriptures. Some things that Pirkle rallies against are tv, sex, education, cartoons (which have caused crime to raise 100% apparently), dancing ("the front door to adultery") and miniskirts. The reconstructions are based on "real events" that have happened in other Communist countries, only relocated to the modern day America of the near future (24 months in fact if we`re not careful). Soviet soldiers shoot people dead in the streets, collect kids for slave labour in a cattle truck, have a man lowered onto pitchforks and decapitate a little boy. But the most outrageous scene is when a little kid`s ears are piereced with sharpened bamboo sticks so that he "can`t hear the word of God"! You also get to hear that damn MESA OF LOST WOMEN/JAIL BAIT flamenco guitar again. Ron`s son Tim (who also has a small part) helped dad with the photography and editing, while mom June was the Production Supervisor. The family made THE BURNING HELL with Pirkle next. "Communism is good...Christianity is stupid".

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