Estus Pirkle wants to get you into Heaven, and to sell you on the idea, he's got mansions. He's got immortality. And he's got a singing midget. Personally, he had me at those incredible mathematical comparisons between New York City and The New Jerusalem. (The New Jerusalem is much bigger and seems to get bigger all the time.) And then there are the cheap plastic crowns and the even cheaper time lapse visual effects. Here's an excerpt from Minister Pirkle's 1977 short, The Believer's Heaven:
The Believer's Heaven was one of three collaborations between Pirkle and the Ed Wood-esque filmmaker Alan Ormond. In 1974, they put their brains together (along with some latex and fake blood) for their vision of the underworld, The Burning Hell:
Of course, Pirkle and Ormond's masterwork was their 1971 classic If Footmen Tire You, What Will Horses Do? Brian posted some clips from Footmen... in this post here. You can watch the entire thing on google video right here, or grab a torrent of it from Greylodge here. And Negativland used portions of the audio from Footmen for their song Christianity is Stupid. There's a fairly offensive video version of Christianity is Stupid on google video here. Thanks to Brian and Mark Allen for awakening me to the not-so-wide world of Estus Pirkle!