A Texas man has been prompted by Mel Gibson's Passion film to confess he killed his girlfriend, a police spokesman has said.
The film depicts the final 12 hours of Christ's life
Dan Leach, 21, said he killed pregnant girlfriend Ashley Nicole Wilson, found dead on 18 January, Fort Bend County Sheriff's Department said.
"He mentioned that speaking with a friend and seeing the movie made him feel remorse," police added.
The controversial film is now out in the UK and is a US box office hit.
Leach said he made it look as if the 19-year-old had committed suicide.
Her body was found in her apartment with a suicide note describing her depression. She appeared to have hanged herself.
Leach said he wanted to seek redemption after seeing The Passion of the Christ.
He went to police on 9 March and was released while they investigated his claim. Leach was arrested on Tuesday and is being held on $100,000 (£55,500) bail.
The film, which has prompted heated debate about whether it is anti-Semitic, has generated huge publicity.
It portrays the final hour of Christ's life, and gives a brutal depiction of his death on the cross.
The film is expected to repeat the box office success it has experienced in the US over here.
It has now taken more than $264m at US cinemas - making it more successful than films like Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Monsters Inc and Toy Story 2.
Two cinema fans become emotional after seeing the new Passion of the Christ film
Nine UK churches have block-booked 3,300 seats at cinemas in Barnstaple, Devon, and Maidstone, Kent, to enable their congregation and non-church-goers to see the film.
Daphne Walder, 65, who attended the screening in Maidstone cinema with her husband Jim, 68, looked shocked and emotional as she left the cinema having seen the graphic two-hour film.
She described the violence as "a bit too much" but maintained it was a good idea for the town's churches to give away tickets to the public.
"I felt it was slightly over gory but it's still important to give people the message," Mrs Walder added.
However, another couple, who said that they did not regularly attend church, left the theatre halfway through the screening following the violent scene where Jesus is repeatedly beaten by Roman soldiers.
Gene Malloy, 45, from Maidstone, said he had accepted the free tickets as he was interested in seeing the film but was now angry at the churches' approach.
He said: "That was extremely graphic violence and enough was enough, we could not take much more of it.
"It is almost a blasphemy in itself that the church has tried to mobilise its army to see this picture."
Several regular churchgoers who saw the film described it as "very powerful".
Grosvenor Evangelical Church pastor Graham Poland said he thought the film tried to wake people up "to the reality of what happened to Jesus Christ".
But it has also led to protests from some members of the Jewish community, who condemned it for an "overly negative portrayal" of Jews.
It was "bad history", "bad theology" and "bad cinema", Jewish Chronicle editor Ned Temko wrote for BBC News Online.
"Gibson places virtually all responsibility for Christ's death on Jews," he wrote.
Gibson has denied anti-Semitism, saying he has tried to stick to the story as told in the Bible and his film highlights Christ's "huge" sacrifice.