Movies that are slightly off.
Forget Everything You Have Ever Seen.
A young man is confined in a mental hospital. Through a flashback we see that he was traumatized as a child, when he and his family were circus performers: he saw his father cut off the arms of his mother, a religious fanatic and leader of the heretical church of Santa Sangre ("Holy Blood"), and then commit suicide. Back in the present, he escapes and rejoins his surviving and armless mother.
This is my first foray into an Alejandro Jodorowsky film and I must say, I am already convinced that this man is a visionary. Santa Sangre is so surreal at times that I am thankful for the seemingly random jolt of violence which brings me back to the story.
Interestingly enough, in a movie which has a major comment on the influence people have over their children, Jodorowsky casts his own children to play the younger and older version of the main character, Fenix. The similarities in their appearance making it almost unbelievably believable that the 10-year-old version of Fenix is the same Fenix as the adult version.
Fenix grows up as a young magician in a circus, his father…
My first step into the bizarre world of Jodorowsky ... and I already can't wait to take another.
I was told that Santa Sangre is (possibly) his most "accessible" film. If that is the case, then I can't even imagine what the hell could be in store for me with El Topo and The Holy Mountain. There was not one moment of this film where I thought, "Wow, that was pretty ordinary."
And that's honestly one of the main things I loved most about it.
Alejandro Jodorowsky is the owner of a powerful imagination, a guy who does not know the meaning of the word impossible, a guy who has no limits and who offers his audience the possibility of imagining and dreaming, of experiencing new worlds.
Produced by Dario Argento's brother, Claudio Argento, Santa Sangre is a horror melodrama that is basically divided in two halves. In the first half, we are able to see the mad atmosphere that surrounds the life of a young boy named Fenix. Set in a circus, the first half is partially influenced by Federico Fellini in the way the director builds his world, but always with a unique touch of himself. In the second half, Alejandro Jodorowsky offers…
This is not just a movie…THIS is a cinematic orgasm! For start to finish, "Santa Sangre" stands for one brilliant sequence after another, a staggering use of color shades, sensational musical guidance, disturbing themes and some of the most original story ideas that never ever featured in cinema before! To sum the film up in simply one word, it would be: AMAZING! I caught myself staring at the screen with my eyes and mouth wide open most of the time and I kept on thinking how I never wanted this movie to end. "Santa Sangre" unhesitatingly catapulted itself in my top-5 movies of all-time and I sincerely think it's there to stay. It's not very often that you encounter a…
Tonights viewing was Santa Sangre, directed and written by surrealist filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky. The film is about a boy who, when little, witnessed his father cut his mothers arms off in a fit of rage after she threw acid on his genitals as revenge for his infidelities. The father then cuts his own throat in front of the boy. When older, the boy ends up in a mental institution but escapes when his armless mother calls him from across the street. He then performs on-stage with his mum as a double act with him providing her arms.
It's very hard for me to review this film objectively. I'm an IT engineer. I'm a practical thinker. A linear thinker. I just…
This is a mental film about mental people and that is why I love it! It's complete madness, a surreal, psychedelic film that unravels into a sort of Mexican Giallo of sorts. Alejandro Jodorowsky is well known for making surreal pictures and what a better way than to set one of these mad films in location that all kinds of freaks are bound to reside, The Circus!
There is a glorious sense of vibrancy to this film I think, there is so much colour, whether it's the strange characters, the histrionic, armless mother, the fully tattooed women, midgets and the like, there are festivals and large gatherings of people, bizarre Elephant funerals. It's an absolute bloody mess, both literally and…
a crazed masterpiece by one of the craziest filmmakers who ever lived. Legendary and unforgettable.
Not in love with it. Something about it doesn't work. Perhaps the horror element. It doesn't achieve it's goals as a horror movie, but works just fine as a surrealist movie. Not a fan of the soundtrack, either
1 part horror/slasher movie homage
6 parts mommy issues
1 hateboner for the Catholic Church
Shake well and served in a nice goblet of Giallo.
Bad acting and bad special effects... but - dang it - a pretty awesome film. Heh.
It's a weird one, to be sure. And that is ultimately what makes it worth the time. The director is TOTALLY COMMITTED to his vision and goes for it at all costs. This is a world of blacks and whites. Good and Evil. And amidst this all is the confusion of a deranged mind... but perhaps, a beautifully deranged mind.
The scene with the elephant killed me and Fenix's dream of him as the elephant is perhaps one of the most powerful metaphoric images I've seen recently in cinema.
The ending really does a fantastic job of giving the story true meaning. It's a lovely payoff and well crafted. Man....
....fuckin' circus folk!
if norman bates made a movie it would probably look something like this. surreal, absurd, frightening.
Hard to say what this is in terms of genre. It's often described as a horror, but it's sadder and more dreamlike than that label suggests, and it repeatedly confounds any traditional expectations of even the most outre horror. A relentlessly imaginative and strange work of cinema that still manages to be strangely moving in between scenes of people throwing elephant meat around.
My first Jodorowsky! I adored this movie from the start with the cult of Santa Sangre all the way til the end with the dolls. Fantastic.
Well, at least my nightmares will have beautiful color schemes...
High-rated movies with very few views. Suggestions are welcome.
The 2016 (2nd) edition of the list. You can see the original and more info here.
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