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El Topo  (1970)
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In this ultra-bloody sphagetti western eastern mystical freak show of a movie, we see a man, who is one of a group of the most nihilistic movie murderers I've ever seen, slaughtering a chicken. Between him and the viewer are about a dozen sedentary Ctenosaurs (large black lizards) tied up with small rope around their necks to some logs on the ground. Some appear to be dead (and this film definitely does not have a "no animals were harmed" disclaimer) but a few can be seen breathing. He pushes a chicken leg in the face of one just as the film cuts away. Then he drags one by the rope as if it was a leash. Later, four of the outlaws each grabs a lizard and holds it out in front of their waist then hold them up to harass a woman with them.  In another scene, a man is standing in a ditch full of water talking to a woman on the bank, when we see a small piece of wood floating on the water with a rock icon on it. A hand reaches over and stands a small lizard up on the icon. It appears to be a species of Sceloporous, but I'm not familiar with the species. The film was shot in various places in Mexico.

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