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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.
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…
Santa Sangre is another recommendation from Hentai Cop, and he compared it to Only God Forgives, so I HAD to give it a watch. That said I really have no clue what the hell I just watched, but I would be lying if I said I didn't enjoy every minute of it. Will be ordering the blu ray soon to give this the rewatch it definitely needs.
A typical Jodorowsky movie. In this case his preoccupation is the control exerted by a castrating mother, the genre remixed is horror, and the vignettes are as surreal and heavy-handed as usual.
It's not to say that the exuberance of symbolism and "psychomagic remix" never works; sometimes it really does, and the spirit of the work is in the right place, but let's be honest, a lot of the ideas are shallow and the execution is often blunt.
Santa Sangre, like all of Jodorowsky's films, is like a mural painting in the back of a community cultural center. It's colorful and bound to have grab your attention, full of religious symbolism and social commentary, heck, if you're lucky it even…
Having joined this website and seen many films before, I'm not really sure how to go about the diary feature so I'll just start it with the last film I've seen, which was Santa Sangre. To me, this is Jodorowsky's best film. I enjoy his weird surrealistic films with their plot hidden deep under all the strange colorful things he packs his films with, but with this one he brought the plot to the forefront while still using the strange things to tell a rather tragic story, which I was not expecting from a film by Jodo. The still but good camerawork returns (with some nice crane shots) and his tradition of using his family for the cast as well.…
A young man is confined in a mental hospital. Through a flashback we see that he was traumatized as a child.
The first Jodorwosky film I've seen, although I've heard all about his reputation. I enjoyed Sante Sangre but can't say I loved it. At times it's wonderfully demented with the whole circus thing going on and I wouldn't be surprised if Ales de la Iglesia used this as an inspiration for The Last Circus.
Another thing I noticed was that it was produced by the younger brother of Dario Argento and visually is shares a lot of similarities with him with how the colours (especially the reds) pop.
On the downside, parts of the film become almost soap opera-esque especially in the acting department but it's not enough to ruin the film. I'm sure I'll watch this again.
An extremely slow start that continually builds momentum as it goes along. The twists aren't too surprising, but there were some legitimate scares here. A lot more subtle than more recent horror films.
And you thought Norman Bates had mommy issues. Alejandro Jodorowski's 1989 horror film gives us a protagonist who seems more off the deep end than Anthony Perkins' legendary character. The film centers on Fenix (Axel Jodorowsky, the director's son), a circus performer who at a young age, lost his brutish circus owner father (Guy Stockwell).
It came after Fenix's mother (Blanca Guerra) caught Dad with the circus' tattooed lady; she poured acid on his crotch and he cut off her arms. Years later, Fenix performs a unique stage act where he acts as his mother's arms while she sings. Offstage, she dominates his life and orders him to kill the women he desires, claiming his hands are not his own…
With El Topo and The Holy Mountain under my belt, it's safe to say that Santa Sangre is Jodorowsky's most accessible and linear film, but that's not to say it isn't out there. It's about the relationship between a boy and his mother and how the boy ended up in a mental institution. The film's unsettling imagery includes dismemberment and mutilation, murder that always involves blades, and an elephant's discharging blood from its trunk. I've heard Fellini and Buñuel used to describe Santa Sangre. If I had to describe it, I'd call it mother-son psychosexual art-house horror. I'd also call it pretty good. Jodorowsky handled simple narrative structure better than I thought he would.
HOLY MOUNTAIN wasn't a fluke. Jodorowsky is a moviemaking genius.
SANTA SANGRE is perhaps more narratively digestible, though it doesn't reach the same metaphoric heights as Jodo's magnum opus. Here we have a procession of majestic symbols in service of a psychologically cogent Freudian story about a twisted boy who witnesses his devout mother getting her arms ripped off by his lusting father.
Every Jodorowsky movie I've seen seems like a mystical play at autobiography, and this one is no exception. Everyone looks like Alejandro, and that's because he cast his sons in many of the starring roles.
It seems odd to say I enjoyed this movie so much, because so many of the moving pieces, though brilliant in execution, don't reach very far past the direct story at hand. Yet I still found myself lost in it, eating up every visual morsel.
How appropriate that this movie has "Santa" in the title because this movie was a gift (yuk yuk).
Jodorowsky's foray into horror for me is an immediate success. Matching his previous style with the mindset of a mad killer fits perfectly. This feels in many ways like a Dario Argento film, perhaps due to the influence his brother Claudio had in writing the screenplay and producing it. For me this is an easy companion picture to "Suspiria" or "Deep Red."
The real achievement here is in its art direction and music. Everything from the set design to costumes to makeup is spot on. The music amplifies this with such radiant atmosphere you instantly become transported to this circus of nightmares.
Someone once asked me which movie's world I would like to live in for the rest of my life. I think I answered either Ed Wood or Prisoner of Azkaban. Regardless, this movie would be at the bottom of that list. Five stars.
- 12 Angry Men
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- 25th Hour
- 3 Women
- The Cremaster Cycle
- Sweet Movie
- The Holy Mountain
- Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
ranges from entry-level weird to...Cremaster
not necessarily disturbing, but it helps
- Under the Skin
- Tropical Malady
- Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
- Inland Empire
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).