7. EL TOPO (1970)

AKA The Mole (literal translation) “Q: You’re creating this story right now. A: Yes, this very moment. It may not be true, but it’s beautiful.”–Alejandro Jodorowsky in “Conversations with Jodorowsky” DIRECTED BY: Alejandro Jodorowsky FEATURING: Alejandro Jodorowsky PLOT: El Topo, a figure dressed in black and carrying his nude son on horseback behind him, uses his supernatural shooting … Continue reading 7. EL TOPO (1970)


AKA Samurai Rauni DIRECTED BY: Mika Rättö FEATURING: Mika Rättö, Reetta Turtiainen PLOT: Rauni, a homicidal Finnish samurai, searches for the mysterious “Shame Tear,” who has placed a price on his head. WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: This deliberate cult item, with Nordic ninjas and Scandinavian samurai, plays like a low-grade acid trip and … Continue reading CAPSULE: SAMURAI RAUNI REPOSAARELAINEN (2016)

CAPSULE: BRAINIAC [El barón del terror] (1962)

DIRECTED BY:  Chano Urueta FEATURING: Abel Salazar PLOT: A smirking sorcerer is burnt alive by the Spanish Inquisition, only to return three hundred years later as a shapeshifting brain-eater to wreak his vengeance on the descendants of those who condemned him. WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST:  Brainiac‘s appeal, weird or otherwise, lies almost entirely … Continue reading CAPSULE: BRAINIAC [El barón del terror] (1962)