Evan Whitford’s review published on Letterboxd:
April Movie Watching Challenge
April 2- A film from a director whose other work you have not seen
I should probably start off by saying that I'm a massive fan of weird, surreal films. When you get into a film with a reputation for being strange, you know you are getting into a unique, one of a kind, work of cinema. For about a year or so, Eraserhead has held the crown for the weirdest movie I've ever seen. Well, congratulations Holy Mountain, you are now crowned "The Weirdest Movie I've Ever Seen."
I really can't even give a good summary on this movie because 90% of it is visual. But I guess the easiest way is to say a Jesus look alike gathers Disciples, one from each planet, to join him on his quest to the holy mountain, where he can obtain the secret to immortality.
Let me back up a second to when I said this movie is 90% visual. There are literally no words the first half hour of the film. The wacky, vibrant colors of the imagery just speak for itself. One thing I will note, though: All blood in the film is replaced with paint. And when it occurs, it's brilliant.
Well congrats Jodorowsky. You made some fantastic first impressions on me. I guess El Topo next?
But all I can say is watch this movie. You'll thank me. It's currently on YouTube. So yeah...