If Footmen Tire You, What Will Horses Do?
|If Footmen Tire You, What Will Horses Do?|
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|Directed by||Ron Ormond|
|Produced by||Estus Pirkle
|Edited by||Ron Ormond
|Distributed by||The Ormond Organization|
|Running time||52 minutes|
The film is based on the teachings of Estus Pirkle and warns of the dangers facing the United States from Communist infiltrators. The film suggests that the only way to avoid such a fate is to turn to Christianity. It has attracted something of a cult following among secular fans because of its explicit depictions of torture and the heavy-handed nature of its evangelical message. The title paraphrases Jeremiah 12:5:
- "If you have run with footmen and they have tired you out, Then how can you compete with horses? If you fall down in a land of peace, How will you do in the thicket of the Jordan?"
The movie is perhaps best known for having been sampled by the sound collage band Negativland and by featuring a musical number which was used in Ed Wood's 1954 film Jail Bait. Pirkle's narrative includes a (real or speculative) experience in a communist totalitarian country where public loudspeakers issued proclamations such as "Christianity is stupid -- Communism is good" ad infinitum. Negativland lifted the phrases and played them repeatedly backed by industrial music and various other sound effects. A more complete version of Pirkle's narrative can be heard on Negativland's Helter Stupid.
- If Footmen Tire You, What Will Horses Do? at the Internet Movie Database
- If Footmen Tire You, What Will Horses Do? at AllMovie
- A review of the film
- An outline of the sermon on which the film was based
- Full film on YouTube
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