With El Topo, Alejandro Jodorowsky gave birth to the countercultural phenomenon of the Midnight Movie and carved out a place in history as one of cinema's most unique and visionary filmmakers, impressing John Lennon and Yoko Ono so much that they enthusiastically endorsed the film at one of its first New York screenings. Part Luis Bunuel, part Sergio Leone, this bizarre, ultra-violent Western features a brutal, black-clad gunslinger who, accompanied by his young son, sets off on a murderous mission to challenge four zen masters of gunfighting. When his mission is complete he then goes on a quest for peace and personal redemption, but finds that death is never far away.
Too many films are dubbed cult or underground classics nowadays. Chances are you've never heard of El Topo, but this is one film deserving of the headline.
Full of imaginative imagery and a spellbinding storyline, this is one western adventure that shuns the typical Hollywood dynamic. This film confirmed the arrival of a brilliant new talent in Alejandro Jodorowsky. For years it existed by word of mouth and the midnight circuit, gaining new life on video and now DVD.