Mad Ones Films gives us this crazy little gem of grindhouse throwback goodness called The Gospel According to Booze, Bullets, & Hot Pink Jesus.
The film is actually three separate stories, or acts, combined to create one feature length presentation. The three stories, (I) The Missionary Man, (II) Have Faith, Will Travel, and (III) A Saint of Sin in a Den of Thieves tell three distinct stories following different events, but all are unified by the presence of a legendary artifact- The Hot Pink Jesus.
Born in an act of bloody violence, the Hot Pink Jesus is said to give those who posses it certain abilities that are most advantageous to the dirty denizens of society’s underbelly. As such, people, mostly violent people, want it, and there’s very often a great deal of blood spilled to get it.
If you like your grindhouse down and dirty with a bit of an old school, pulpy flavor, you’ll love this. HPJ is well written and enjoyably stylized in the direction. I’ve seen the name “Tarantino” thrown around by some when discussing Jaysen Buterin’s directorial style, but I don’t quite agree. It’s there, but if I had to make comparisons to others his visual style reminds me of what you might get if you tossed the best of Robert Rodriguez, Ringo Lam, and John Woo into a blender with a bit of Tarantino garnish as a finisher. In truth though, his style is uniquely his own, and well worth checking out.
You can find the film, and Mad Ones Films’ other works, here.