I first came across the movie when it was first released, and I was captivated, horrified, and somehow comforted. While the religious symbolism is obvious, I think it spoke to me on an even more fundamental level, about how close is the human animal to chaos and how the structure of belief systems fails us. It fit my view of the world
No, this isn't great art, nor am I a great thinker, but I get this movie out every five or ten years to look at it and see where it takes me. I share it cautiously.