‘Deadraiser’ documentary deserves kudos for pioneering a new area

deadraiserMovie Review by Tyler Williamson

DEAD RAISER
Director: Johnny Clark
Studio: Mountain Light Cinema
Genre: Documentary
Run time: 105 minutes

The new documentary, “Deadraiser“, by American “Mountain Light Studios” has recently premiered and started touring throughout the United States. The director and his team were recently in Redding, CA, on one of the stops of their tour, where they showed the movie and had an event here in town. Many of my friends went to the premiere, and my roommate picked me up a copy since I was not able to make it. I put the movie on a couple nights ago, and I’ll let you know what I thought!

First off, kudos to director Johnny Clark and his team for pioneering a movie such as this one; even the title is enough to raise some eyebrows and make others uncomfortable. The movie begins with challenging the status quo in modern Christianity, encouraging believers to believe in the things that Jesus did almost 2 000 years ago and to remember that He has commissioned us to do those same things today. What would those things be that He has commissioned us to do, you may ask?

Heal the sick. Cleanse the lepers. Raise the dead.

A beautiful point is made here, and it is a great reminder of the command that Jesus Himself made, the responsibility He has trusted us with, and the authority we have as sons and daughters of the King!

“Deadraiser” continues with director Johnny Clark outlining his vision – to gather together miracle working/dead raising experts and see what would happen if they came together and united in their vision of seeing God work miracles and raise the dead. He introduces a few men from around the US, they tell of their stories of first encountering God in a supernatural way, and how they captured the vision of being a part of believing that God still raises the dead in our day in age. Their stories are great, honestly, and they find a few others across the country that tell amazing stories as well. The stories really are worth hearing, and bring faith and inspiration as you hear them.

The other part of the documentary involves the “Deadraiser” team traveling about, but quite honestly they never get much done. I don’t mean to criticise, but the “ministry” aspect of the movie falls far short of Darren Wilson’s now Christian classic trilogy. And although I’m certain each of the individuals in the film are amazing men, I have never heard of any of them before. None of them have much credibility from anyone I’ve ever heard of, and there are not really any “trustworthy” names or backers for the movie. I understand the director’s desire to make a film with “Average Joes” who can do miracles and raise the dead, but the “Average Joes” don’t really do anything noteworthy in the film.

At the end, the “Deadraiser” team comes together and the guys each share how much it has meant to them to have met each other and formed lifelong bonds. And they share how they have been blessed to see other passionate believers who are standing for God’s truth and Kingdom. It is a touching ending to the story, to be sure. But I wanted to see someone get raised from the dead in the movie! The one time they began praying for a dead guy, they never said what happened. And they only prayed for one!

In conclusion, “Deadraiser” did an okay job of opening up a new topic for some in Christianity. For most who have been exposed to miracles, signs, wonders, and the Kingdom already, the movie will prove a bit disappointing. Again, well done to the filmmakers for bridging the gap to a previously unseen aspect of the Kingdom. I pray that this documentary will be something that breaks the ice to seeing the dead be raised, and that again we will see the resurrection life of Christ becoming central to the beliefs of the Church as a whole.

 

3 Comments

  1. “but I wanted to see someone raised from the dead”.
    “I wanted to see..”. What for?
    We walk by faith, not by sight – II Cor 5:7. Raising the dead is God’s prerogative. Actually this happens every day when souls dead in sin are raised to Life through the preaching of the Gospel and the subsequent conversion of sinners, not so?

  2. Nice article. As the author explained the expectation that he had from the title of the documentary and its content was that somebody would be raised from the dead. Unfortunately, if that happened or not is not clearly shown by the producers. The unfortunate part of it is when an unbeliever sees the documentary with the same expectation he might end up saying that its typical of Christians to make wild statements and not being able to back it up. I don’t think this article was meant to expose anybody but rather as a review of the video. I would encourage all Christians to believe in and pray for and do what Jesus said “Heal the sick. Cleanse the lepers. Raise the dead. AMEN

  3. I just got the movie, it was great! It shows a heavy distinction between those that actually do what the bible says and those that simply sit back and talk without even lifting a finger for the kingdom of God.

    Even if the film did show someone that was dead with a team of doctors certifying their death, hooked up to monitors and proving beyond any doubt the person was dead, you will have those that would call them liars when they are brought back.

    I lay hands everywhere I go, I get to see God heal many many people and some have came back later with medical documentation that they were healed, yet… You have those that refuse to believe, many are Christians that refuse to believe.

    The film is meant for those that are hungry for the presence of God in their lives and serves to encourage them to continue to walk with their heads held high and to keep pressing towards the mark that we are all told to do…

    Jesus said it best, GO!

    Matthew 10:7 And as ye GO, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

    The movie is courageous, and is a call for all Christians to go DO the word of God.

    The fields are ready to harvest, we need to be laboring… These are our tools to get the job done.