Again, not quite knowing where to put this, into the main forum it goes!
My first encounter with Jodorowsky was when I saw the trailer for his 1989 movie, Santa Sangre. A strange and brutal pastiche of images including a tattooed woman, a boy with a fresh and bloody eagle tattooed across his chest, and an armless woman, all served to make me wonder what the heck this movie was. My girlfriend at the time seemed oddly fascinated by this graphic yet enthralling trailer, and we talked about seeing it, although this never happened. It was not until many years later that our local international TV station screened Santa Sangre, and I found out just how bizarre it was. This, I believe, is the trailer we saw.
These were the wild and wooly pre-internet days, when information about outre and foreign films could only be found in books, or small distribution 'zines at comic shops. There I learned of another movie by Jodorowsky, called El Topo. It starred Jodorowsky himself as a gunfighter, challenging one gunslinger after another.
Just this morning, I learned of two other Jodorowsky movies, The Holy Mountain (1973) and his unmade version of Frank Herbert's Dune!
For Holy Mountain, Jodorowsky had his cast do months of spiritual exercises, and then take LSD for the final acts! I'm struck by a similarity between some parts of this trailer and the 'trip' scenes in Altered States.
As for Dune, that movie was never made, but a new upcoming documentary brings this almost unbelievable possibility to life.
Anyone actually into his movies? I find them distasteful and bizarre, but oddly fascinating at the same time. Kind of like watching a snake giving birth, or eating a mouse.