• Extreme Horror Director to Make The Bible Sequel

    by  • December 4, 2013 • Cable Choice, Violence • 3 Comments

    biblelogoMark Burnett and Roma Downey’s reverent History Channel mini-series The Bible was a huge success earlier this year. Now, History Channel is preparing a “sequel” on the life of Christ – written and produced by the men behind the R-rated horror movies Hostel and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

    According to the entertainment industry news website Deadline: Hollywood, History Channel’s proposed sequel – to be titled Jesus: The Lost Years – will portray Christ as a wandering “exorcist” before beginning the public ministry recorded in the Bible. The Lost Years was “conceived in the horror genre,” states the article.

    This is no surprise considering the names attached to the project: head writer Scott Kosar co-wrote The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Amityville Horror, while director Eli Roth is responsible for the horrifically graphic “torture porn” Hostel film series, in which young women travelling in Europe are kidnapped and tortured by a sadistic killer. Also attached to the project is Eric Newman, who co-produced the graphic horror movie franchise The Last Exorcism with Roth.

    What can viewers expect from this unholy trinity’s take on the life of Christ? When asked by a fan what he would do if he were a character in his own movie Hostel II, Roth said:

    “I would probably take a chain saw and split someone open down the middle, just to see what would happen. Or I would want to do something where you could chop someone’s head off to see if they’re still conscious and if their eyes could still look at you…On the days we’re shooting the gore, I’m just extra happy. When we’re doing some really disgusting scene, I’ll catch myself gleefully jumping up and down at the monitor. I’m so happy I could cry.”

    Roma Downey and Mark Burnett’s mini-series The Bible succeeded brilliantly, because it respected both the source material and the beliefs of Christians. By choosing to turn the sequel to The Bible over to a trio who deliberately deviate from the Bible and instead turn the life of Christ into a freakish, gory horror show, the History Channel has once again demonstrated Hollywood’s utter contempt for Christians – and its hatred of clean, family-friendly entertainment.


    To contact History Channel General Manager Dirk Hoogstra with your concerns, call (212) 210-1400 ext. 419150.



    Christopher Gildemeister is the PTC’s Head of Research Operations. He began as an Entertainment Analyst at the PTC in 2005. From 2007-2016, he was Senior Writer/Editor, responsible for communicating the PTC’s message to the public through newsletters, columns, and the PTC Watchdog blog. Dr. Gildemeister holds a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.

    3 Responses to Extreme Horror Director to Make The Bible Sequel

    1. Jean Beck
      December 9, 2013 at 7:35 pm

      Can’t believe this movie is being made. They must be stopped. What Next????? We are in such an evil society, and mentally troubled. What makes someone ENJOY such violence??? Definitely a problem and there are too many out there producing and directing that are getting these chances to do so. The Devil is soooooo at work.

      Bless the PTC for being on top of all these happenings. We all need to pray harder for change in this country.

    2. Carol Griffith
      December 9, 2013 at 11:20 am

      I am deeply disturbed and offended by the suggested content of the program described here! Why oh why do you want to do such a horrible movie? I realize there are people who like horror, but about someone as highly regarded and worshipped as The Savior of the world?!? Forgive them God.amen

    3. December 9, 2013 at 10:10 am

      Dear Mr. Gildmeister:

      Thank you so much for your insightful and informative articles which are well-supported and make so much sense. Please keep sounding the alarm about how much damage is being done to our society by the reckless disregard of the media purveyors to the corrosive and desensitizing affect of their obsession with graphic violence and gore, torture porn, and sex.

      One topic I would like to see you explore is the disturbing trend on cable and satellite providers to put ads on channels that do not censor any content and show uncut and unedited movies like Hostel II. IFC and MGM channels are prime examples. Take, for example, the showing of “Hostel II” and other graphic slasher and “torture porn” movies during October on IFC. They showed “Hostel II” where a kidnapped women was hung upside down chained to a conveyor nude and slowly cut by a sythe cruelly as blood dripped on the naked woman below who was rubbing it all over her breasts and body in orgasmic delight, who then slashed her throat and blood gushed out over the the murderer who moaned in extasy. The next moment a Kool-Aid ad came on showing a father and son together enjoying the treat. It literally turned my stomach.

      On MGM, the 1985 movie “Flesh and Blood”, was shown again uncut and uncensored, with a child character watching graphic violent gang rape as he beat a drum smiling with delight. Then, cut to an insurance commercial. These are just a few of the examples, and I am surprised the PTC has not commented on this.

      These are not premium channels, and are scattered in among other channels, so even though these are rated TVMA, imaging your child stumbling upon these type of scenes trying to find the Disney Channel. Recently on IFC, the movie ” A Clockwork Orange” was shown, which was originally rated “X” because of the brutality, rape, and torture depicted. Even more disturbing, many of these are shown during the day or early evening hours. Another big reason we need channel choice!

      I think these advertisers should be alerted because I am sure they would not want to be associated with “torture porn” and grahic gore, brutal sadistic violence, gang rape, and the like.

      Please get the word out to parents who may be unaware that these channels are far more dangerous than anything ever broadcast on network or basic cable television.

      Again, thanks for your noble efforts.

      Sincerely yours,

      Frank Potts

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