The Holy Mountain (1973)

Genres - Avant-garde / Experimental  |   Sub-Genres - Media Satire, Psychological Drama, Satire, Surrealist Film  |   Run Time - 126 min.  |   Countries - Mexico , United States   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Jason Gibner

Though it is widely regarded as one of the first-rate experimental films of its time, Alejandro Jodorowsky's The Holy Mountain remains as influential as it is unseen. While its scenes have been copied in music videos by rockers such as Marilyn Manson, problems between Jodorowsky and producer Allen Klein kept the film hidden away in vaults for years. The fact that more people have not seen this incredible work is a shame, as The Holy Mountain packs in a massive amount of stunning images that are so joyfully bizarre, one cannot help but be amazed. Part of the film's charm is that the imagery is so random and surreal that its meaning is open to almost any interpretation. Topics as diverse as war, sex, violence, religion, immortality, necrophilia, bestiality, and castration are all given equal attention and carried out with great skill and beauty. With its massive sets, lavish costumes, and an enormous cast, watching this well-crafted film is an experience a viewer will never forget. Some of the subject matter shown in The Holy Mountain may not be for every taste, but for those who are willing, this is a pilgrimage worth taking.