On SpecFaith I’ve mentioned how I’m a recovering/current Left Behind series fan. Today at Christ and Pop Culture I explore more about my pre-, mid-, and post-fandom, particularly the apocalyptic disaster that was the 2000 direct-to-video Left Behind movie (The One with Kirk Cameron).
Alas, early expectations about a blockbuster-budget Left Behind film were slowly replaced by a more economical version made by Cloud Ten Pictures, e.g., the chaps who assembled direct-to-VHS end times movies advertised on Christian television.
Well, Left Behind was bigger. Its budget was $4 million and that sounded expensive, right?
Then in the summer of 2000, I saw Rexella Van Impe on TV gleefully cooing about a Left Behind: The Movie trailer (this one, I believe). The trailer was… well, it almost resembled the books, except with no visual effects. But then Rexella explained that you could get the videotape for a suggested donation. Wait, it was already on video? What about the theatrical release? Yes, the makers planned to release Left Behind: The Movie first on VHS, then to theaters. But why would anyone attend the theatrical debut if they already owned the film on video? What “last days” madness was this? What were they thinking?
Months passed before I bought a copy of the movie and saw for myself what they’d done.