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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…
The film that defies description and genre pigeonholing!
Better than shrooms or dropping acid!
Lube your medulla oblongata and grab the bedpost Alejandro Jodorowsky's into prolonged mind F#cks!
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…
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 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…
Uma das obras mais pessoais e pra muitos perturbadora de um dos mestres do cinema extremo Jodorowsky, além de todo universo clássico do cinema de horror (com direito a homenagem á outros clássicos) o surrealismo e a sua paixão pelo universo circense. Uma experiência incrível, OBRA-PRIMA. Eu amo este filme.
Now I wish Jodorowsky had done more horror movies.
one of the greatest horror movies, right up there with the shining
This is not really any typical horror. It contains two main scenes of violence and then is wrought with symbolism - religious, Freudian(?) but the level of drama is what compels one to watch this through to the end. This is Jodorowsky we're talking about here. Prepare for his over the top, but very deep and affecting take on family values.
A schizophrenic man with oedipal rage commits murders that, in his delusion, he is commanded to enact by a bossy armless ventriloquist doll he believes is his mother. Also: bleeding elephants, funerals, demented clowns, midgets, giants, chickens, anacondas, knife throwers, cross dressing wrestlers, bizarre opera, idol worship, weird hands, bulldozers, insane asylums.
Very campy horror movie about a deranged circus boy who grows up to be a mental patient having lost control of his hands due to an overactive Oedipus complex.
A friend gave me this like 2 years ago to watch but it wasn't till he watched a Jodorowsky film recently that I remember I had it. Well I've finally seen it and it was worth the wait. Great imagery and a strange story. I don't want to say much more about it at risk of spoiling it for anyone else that's taking a couple of years to watch it. I think I prefer El Topo and The Holy Mountain but this gets a big thumbs up still.
My introduction to Alejandro Jodorowsky was this visionary, hallucinatory nightmare, both beautiful and horrible. It was like Federico Fellini picking a fight with Ken Russell.
It took me too long to watch this film and for that, I am truly sorry to not have taken the time before to appreciate Jodorowsky's work. This quickly became a new favorite of mine and definitely one to add to the collection to keep forever.
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
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