We interviewed him last year about his many faith-based films (he’s directed, written over 14) and now this might be the most hard-core Christian film ever made – the mother of all Christian movies.
Why did you make ‘Journey to Hell’ as your 14th movie?
Tim Chey: That’s a great question. You know today, over 50% of Christians don’t believe in hell. It was important to make a film that addresses hell. Jesus spoke of hell more than heaven. I’m an evangelist first, a filmmaker second. If hell is real, then I have to tell people that.
This film is getting a lot of buzz from people who’ve seen the trailer. Is your goal to ‘scare’ people out of hell?
Tim Chey: Absolutely. Listen, I’m a former atheist who once said we should abolish Christianity. So I understand why hell is a hard topic to grasp or absorb. But quoting Charles Spurgeon, “if sinners must perish, at least let them leap to hell over our bodies.” The Lord Jesus Christ provided this incredible redemptive bridge for man to walk across to God. All of us deserve hell, but Christ made it possible for us to go to heaven.
This is your biggest movie by far. How many theaters are you planning?
Tim Chey: We’re planning a 2,000 theater nationwide release in June 2021 for ‘Journey to Hell’, God-willing. We’re raising $10 million in advertising funds. We’re also doing crowdfunding as well to help with seed raising.
Many faith-based films do well at the box office, correct?
Tim Chey: Yes almost all succeed. But most have to have at least $5 million in advertising funds to make a difference.
Why is that?
Tim Chey: The average marketing budget for a Hollywood film is $40 million so $5 million is pretty good!
But you want to raise $10 million?
Tim Chey: We want to tell the world about this important film.
Why won’t the Hollywood studios step in to help?
Tim Chey: They don’t want to be part of evangelical films. It was that way since the time the motion picture camera was invented by Thomas Edison in 1899. (he laughs)
If someone helps you raise the $10 million, do they get a commission?
Tim Chey: Yes, they get a 5% finder’s fee.
What are the requirements of salvation?
Tim Chey: It’s more than just saying the magic prayer, that’s for sure. I stand with many conservative pastors who believe salvation is being truly ‘born-again’. You truly believe your sins are forgiven and truly believe and accept the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior. Charles Spurgeon said he could tell a Believer in the first 5 minutes of talking with them.
So Hell is real?
Tim Chey: Unfortunately it is.
Official Website: http://JourneytoHellMovie.com