You ever have that desire to watch a mind blowing movie? One that was likely designed to be watched while under the influence of drugs? These ar e the kind of movies that will make you think, but do so in a very bizarre way. Probably more well known as “Mindf***” movies. Something along the lines of Memento and Fight Club in the mmdern and commercial sense. The more obscure ones are usually considered some sort of “art house film” because they require more than one viewing and take you through a strange odyssey that ends with you saying “WTF was this director thinking?”. Of course uppity film buffs KNOW that answer even if they don’t. While you want to bang your head against the steel shelving in your den.
These would be more along the lines of a David Lynch, Lars von Trier, or Stanley Kubrick. They make classics. Kubrick is not as tripped out as the other guys, but still has plenty of WTF moments. Lynch is weird as hell with stuff like Mullholland Dr. Lars von Trier is trippy, but man I love his camera work. Antichrist is more trippy than usual. I liked some of his earlier ones like Breaking the Waves, Doggville, etc.
Anyways, what made me think of this was when I was looking for trippy movies this week and went off a few lists. Many I had seen, but there are scattered few I had never seen. This one was a 1973 oddity called ‘The Holy Mountain‘, directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky.
I really don’t know how to describe this. I was prepared to watch a tripped out movie with all the right supplies, but this one seemed to be a variety. It was very anti-religious, which doesn’t bother me at all, and I actually prefer this. It almost felt like it was partly a Monty Python movie in a lot of areas. I’m not sure I was supposed to be laughing in certain scenes, but in my mindset there were some hilarious things going on.
I think the IMDb description will tell you all you need to know.
A Christlike figure wanders through bizarre, grotesque scenarios filled with religious and sacrilegious imagery. He meets a mystical guide who introduces him to seven wealthy and powerful individuals, each representing a planet in the solar system. These seven, along with the protagonist, the guide and the guide’s assistant, divest themselves of their worldly goods and form a group of nine who will seek out the Holy Mountain, in order to displace the gods who live there and become immortal.
Let’s just say that it isn’t a classic. Atheists and people that dislike organized religion, think that the things people do as groups is absurd, etc. would probably get this.
What crazy movies have you picked up randomly and seen, and remember them to this day?