Saturday, June 25, 2011
THE HOLY MOUNTAIN (1973)
This is one of my all time favorite films. It doesn't strictly fit into any genre except maybe the generally insane art-house one. The sets are amazing and could have only been created and filmed by a true artist at the top of his creative output. The outfits seem as if someone took 70's glam rock and mixed it with a militant/religious-look if that even makes any sense. You get castration, an old man tranny, a crippled dwarf, a gang of scantily-clad whores(including one who looks about 7 years old), crucified lambs, a monkey named Chucho-Chucho dressed up like a little man, a toad vs. lizard war complete with exploding eaten lizards and exploding toads, shit turned into gold, birds flying out of open wounds, green blood and way more bizarre spectacle. To even try to list every insane thing that happens in this movie is overwhelming. True to its title there's also a very real spiritual side to this film with a clear final message of embracing reality. Then again if there's a better movie to take hallucinogenic drugs before watching I can't imagine it. To think that Jodorowsky was set to direct DUNE after this and the fact that the film never happened is really a damn shame. I'm sure it would have been about a thousand times more interesting then that boring piece of shit David Lynch made.