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The Holy Mountain (1973)
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The Holy Mountain (1973) 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.

Title: Holy Mountain, The
Release Date: November 29, 1973
Runtime: 114 mins
Genre: Adventure
All Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Languages: English, Spanish
Country: Mexico, USA
Colors: Color
Sound: Mono
IMDB Rating: 7.8
Buried.com Rating: 8.8 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With H

MPAA Rating: R

Alejandro Jodorowsky

Alejandro Jodorowsky ...The Alchemist (as Alexandro Jodorowsky)
Horacio Salinas ...The Thief
Zamira Saunders ...The Written Woman (as Ramona Saunders)
Juan Ferrara ...Fon
Adriana Page ...Isla
Burt Kleiner ...Klen
Valerie Jodorowsky ...Sel
Nicky Nichols ...Berg
Richard Rutowski ...Axon (as Richard Rutowsky)
Luis Lomeli ...Lut
Ana De Sade ...The Prostitute
Chucho Chucho ...The Chimpanzee
Leticia Robles ...Bald Woman 1 (as Leticia Robles)
Connie De La Mora ...Bald Woman 2
David Kapralik ...Tourist
Jacqueline Voltaire ...Tourist Wife
Pablo Leder ...Circus Barker
Bobby Cameron ...Fon's Working Girl
Re Debris ...Klen's Lover
Guadalupe Perullero ...Berg's Wife
Jose Antonio Alcaraz ...Bar Owner (as Jose Antonio Alcaraz)
Hector Ortega ...Drug Master (as Hector Ortega)
Robert Taicher ...Poet
Basilio Gonzalez ...Crippled man
Harry Cohn ...Klen's Chauffeur
Manuel Donde ...Wanderer
Ramiro Chavez Gochicoa ...Boy
Marcela Lopez Rey ...Prostitute
Jane Mitchell ...Stripteaser
Marcela Ponzarelli ...Woman at the church

» [more cast members]

Mick Gochanour
Robert Taicher
Alejandro Jodorowsky
Allen Klein
Robin Klein
Roberto Viskin

Alejandro Jodorowsky

Don Cherry
Ronald Frangipane
Alejandro Jodorowsky

Movie Quote(s):
  • The Written Woman: Our bees make honey, but your flies make shit.
  • The Alchemist: You are excrement. You can change yourself into gold.
  • Drug Master: The Cross was a mushroom - and the mushroom was also the Tree of Good and Evil.
  • The Alchemist: The grave recieves you with love. Surrender yourself to the Earth. Return what was loaned to you. Give up your pleasure, your pain, your friends, your lovers, your life, your past, what you desire. You will know nothingness, it is the only reality. Don't be afraid, it's so easy to give. You're not alone, you have a grave. It was your first mother. The grave is the door to your rebirth. Now you will surrender the faithful animal you once called your body. Don't try to keep it, remember, it was a loan. Surrended your legs, your sex, your hair, your brain, your all. You no longer want to possess, possession is the ultimate pain. The earth covers your body, she came to cover you with love, because she is your true flesh. Now you are an open heart, open to receive your true essence your ultimate perfection. Your new body, which is the universe, the work of god. You will be born again, you will be real. you will be your own father, your own mother, your own child, your own perfection. Open your eyes, you are the earth, you are the green, you are the blue, you are the Aleph, you are the essence. Look at the flower, look at the flower, for the first time look at the flowers.
  • Lut, He whose planet is Pluto: [vomits] His feet stink. The Alchemist: He has beautiful feet. Lut, He whose planet is Pluto: I can't stand the smell! The Alchemist: [attacks Lut, breaking his legs] When he puts your bones back together, you will like his smell!
Movie Trivia:
  • The film is based on "The Ascent of Mt. Carmel" by St. John of the Cross and "Mt. Analogue" by Rene Daumal.
  • Before filming began, director Alejandro Jodorowsky spent a week without sleep under a Zen Master's direction and lived communally with the film's cast for a month.
  • At a projected budget of $1,500,000 (in USA dollars), it was to have been the most expensive Mexican film production to date. The film reportedly cost only half that amount.
  • The crucified animal carcasses were borrowed from a local restaurant, which were then served to customers upon being returned.
  • Jodorowsky recalls that the chameleon and toad circus was difficult to prepare for and film. The toads themselves were hard to dress, as "their urine was like acid," and they'd keep filling up with air and then blowing it out, trying to escape. The chameleons, on the other hand, were incredibly sedate, and the cameraman would have to leave the camera rolling for long periods of time before they'd even flick their tongues or move their eyes.
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