Happy Good Friday! Today we bring you the 10 most memorable crucifixion scenes we could find on YouTube. They range from the sublime to the sacrilegious, and include the best and bloodiest of various films, TV shows and commercials. Most are probably not suitable for work, unless you are a Roman centurion or a research assistant for Mel Gibson.
Here we go!
10. The Glucifixion
Since nails were too messy, the Romans switched to glue.
9. The Passion, Animated
There’s something awfully creepy about the tinny sounds of the hammer that makes this a more cringe-worthy animated Jesus than watching Him on South Park.
8. “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”
Eric Idle, singing to Graham Chapman’s Brian in the Life of Brian, er, nails the spirit of the Gospels perhaps better than any other motion picture.
7. The Passion of the Christ
Before he just started blasting Jews outright, Mel Gibson preferred wrapping up his bigotry in religious torture porn. As Monty Python-like as Jim Cavaziel’s crucifixion is, Life of Brian director Terry Jones had nothing on Mel when it came to passion gore.
And, yes, if you hadn’t heard, that’s Mel’s hand driving in the nail.
6. The Last Temptation of Christ
Martin Scorsese got Willem Dafoe up on the cross in this 1988 adaptation of Nikos Kazantzakis’ controversial novel, which drew huge protests upon its release. Dafoe’s time on the cross is less bombastic Jim Cavaziel’s, but not surprisingly, much more moving.
5. “Worst Jesus Film Ever”
The YouTube title, “Terrible Crucifixion Scene,” made us look, and, boy, are we glad that we waited for the bit with the kids at the end.
4. Jesus Christ Superstar
Ted Neely dies on location in the Middle East in Norman Jewison’s version of the stage musical, as construction workers in shiny hats watch, crows caw and sheep bleat.
3. “Hey Dad, Can You Help Me?”
OK, this isn’t exactly a crucifixion scene — it’s an Italian cell phone ad — but it has recently gotten people all riled up for its cheekiness.
2. The History Channel: Crucifixion Explained
A scientific explanation of what medically occurs in a crucifixion. Not for the faint of heart, especially the bit about bodily liquids.
1. The Real Deal, Still Happening
And finally, let’s not forget that re-enactors today will be getting nailed to crosses all over the place.
Have any other passionate videos to add?
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 22, 2011