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SYNOPSIS

 

“A Blood Throne” is a short film [35-40m] that focuses on the dysfunctional relationship between father and son (Herod the Great and Antipas) at the height of Herod’s delusion: the massacre of the innocents and the murder of his two eldest boys.


By exposing the corruption that comes with the unyielding pursuit for control, fame and power; “A Blood Throne” illustrates the mental, physical and spiritual
deterioration of Herod as a husband, father and king.


Ultimately, we are left with a glimmer of hope – the miraculous birth and escape of the prophesied King of Kings: Jesus the anointed messiah. A child being raised up by a righteous father.


PLOT OUTLINE


Screams of raging flames and its billowing smoke into the heavens introduce a small home in ancient Bethlehem, the year 4 B.C. The crackling of fire is joined by the wailings of a distraught mother, whose baby boy has been ripped from her arms and is being carried to his blazing, red-hot grave. The orders to massacre all the innocent in the vicinity is carried out by King Herod’s most loyal mercenary soldiers. The leader, Cerberus, is a vengeful centurion who has since been discharged from Roman military service for reasons unknown. Today, he is work-for-hire in the armpit of the Roman Empire – Israel.

The story shifts and takes us back three years earlier where we are given a visceral glimpse into the dysfunctional relationship between King Herod and his pre-teen son, Antipas. The dynamics between father and son are evidently full of hate, distrust, and abuse. And to make matters worse Herod’s beloved sister, the beautifully enrapturing Salome, lusts for power and she uses her own sensual wisdom to manipulate the hotly contested throne.  


King Herod suspects his two eldest sons of high treason. And because the boys’ mother (who’s been murdered by Herod) was a Hasmonean of priestly royalty, their two popular and handsome sons pose a direct threat to Herod’s position. So a delusional Herod has the oldest imprisoned and awaiting execution.  Herod’s descent into a violent deranged craze, as he gropes desperately for power, sends him into a murderous spree that eventually leads to his physical decomposing, emotional decay and spiritual destruction.  And the young boy Antipas is both witness and victim of his own father’s descent into self-slaughter.


Herod “the Great” has killed off everyone he has perceived as a physical threat to his throne via his position-seeking personal guard, Cerberus. However, Herod never took into consideration how the prophecy of an all-loving God
must be fulfilled. And so, the soon coming King of Kings, the only begotten Son of God, is safe. He indeed escaped the assault on Bethlehem, carried safely in the loving arms of his own earthly father. Precisely what Herod battled to deny, has arrived!