When Christmas comes around, we watch Christmas movies. When Halloween comes around, we watch scary movies (like the 1993 Bette Midler led Hocus Pocus, for example). But what do we watch on Easter? Sure, some would argue that it’s a potentially uplifting holiday, depending on what you believe. But in the end it’s about a guy who was brutally murdered on Friday, only to disappear on Sunday. The only movie that captures such horror is Mel Gibson’s 2004 film The Passion of the Christ.
As someone who grew up Catholic in the midwest, I can attest to how traumatizing Gibson’s film was the first time I saw it. It’s a visceral reenactment of what the Bible says happened to Jesus Christ. It’s bloody, intense and I never wanted to watch it again after seeing it the first time in theaters. I don’t even own the movie on DVD. For me, once was more than enough.
That said, I’m curious to know what you and yours are watching on Easter. Is anyone out there watching The Passion of the Christ? If not, what’s on your holiday movie watching agenda?