Alehandro Jodorowsky, director of Santa Sangre, The Holy Mountain and more will be joining all sorts of great guests (like George Romero, Doug Bradley and Bill Moseley) at Rue Morgue’s Festival of Fear, which will take place in Metro Toronto Convention Centre from August 27-29th. Read on for the full story….
Rue Morgue Magazine, in conjunction with Daniloff Productions, is very
proud to announce the addition of ALEJANDRO JODOROWSKY as a Special
Guest for the 2004 RUE MORGUE FESTIVAL OF FEAR National Horror Expo. The
highly influential filmmaker, graphic novel writer and Tarot card expert
has attracted the interest of and influenced such notable film and music
names as Joel & Ethan Coen, Peter Gabriel, Marilyn Manson, Andy Warhol,
John Lennon, and Dennis Hopper is considered to be one of the most
respected and admired surrealist cult, fantasy and horror directors
walking the earth today.
Born in Chile, a son of Russian Jewish immigrants, he started his career
with creative work in mime, acting, filmmaking, screenwriting and
theatre. He made his first experimental horror film in 1955 and has
since created the cult masterpieces EL TOPO, THE HOLY MOUNTAIN, and
SANTA SANGRE, among others. In 1975, Jodorowsky began the awesome task
of adapting Frank Herbert’s colossal novel, Dune, to the screen which
was to star Orson Wells, Salvador Dali, and Gloria Swanson with art
direction and special effects by H.R. Giger and Dan O’Bannon and 2,000
pre-production storyboard drawings from Jean “Moebius” Girard. The music
was being written by Pink Floyd. Unfortunately, it was too elaborate for
Hollywood and has since become the greatest film never made. Jodorowsky
is a film icon that has transcended every conceivable film style
imaginable. The magnitude of his genius and influence at times seems to
defy logic. Imagine Argento, Peckinpah, Fellini, and Bunuel rowing a
boat in a sea of surreal blood and mysticism and you only begin to
comprehend the multi-layered mind of Alejandro Jodorowsky.
Rue Morgue in association with Daniloff Productions, will also be
presenting a special screening of Jodorowsky’s classic films Holy
Mountain (1973) and Santa Sangre (1989) Sunday, August 29 at the Bloor
Cinema (506 Bloor St. W., beginning at 7 PM) with the director in
attendance, along with Holy Mountain producer ROBERT TAICHER and
Canadian actor ROBERT SKIPPER, who starred in Jodorowsky’s El Topo.