Santa Sangre
Santa Sangre (1990)

Circus horrors cross over into the mundane world in this terrifying, psychedelic film from Alejandro Jodorowsky, the man who brought you the infamous El Topo. Fenix (Adan Jodorowsky, the director's son) is the son of a circus strongman… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: March 28, 1991
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85%
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User Score
87%



Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Those unfamiliar with Alejandro Jodorowsky's style may find it overwhelming, but Santa Sangre is a provocative psychedelic journey featuring the director's signature touches of violence, vulgarity, and an oddly personal moral center.

Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

You can say this: It is never boring.

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Noel Murray
AV Club

Drawing on his training in mime and his fascination with Gnosticism, Jodorowsky converted a story about a bizarre murderer into a grand work of art, full of symbols and imagery that reach beyond language to something primal and original.

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Martin Unsworth
Starburst

While it's not especially easy viewing, and unquestionably not for all tastes, Santa Sangre is exhilarating, challenging, enigmatic and distressing, but entirely rewarding and entertaining.

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Michael Upchurch
Seattle Times

Santa Sangre's content puts it beyond the call of duty for even the most slavishly devoted art-house denizen.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Visionary and haunting, Santa Sangre is a mixture of blood poetry and gobbledygook that keeps springing astonishingly to life.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

More extravagant, but less controlled than his infamous allegorical western, El Topo.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

What Jodorowsky lacks is a sense of humor, in the absence of which his films turn ludicrous.

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

The impression is of an old-school horror with sporadically interesting experimental ornamentation.

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Ross Ruediger
Bullz-Eye.com

What's probably most amazing about Santa Sangre is that most of it works, and almost never does it feel like it's being unsettling just for the sake of it.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Randy Tippy
Part Dario Argento, part Pedro Almodóvar, part Quentin Tarantino. What a macabre work of art!
Greg S
In between hallucinations a young man kills at the telepathic command of his armless mother. Jodoworsky's takes a stab at making a surrrealist slasher… More
Michael S
A new favorite of mine.
Anthony Lawrie
Typically laced with bizarre religious symbolism and gory, disturbing yet somehow, beautiful violence. Alejandro Jodorowsky's long awaited return (16… More
Daniel J DeMersseman
Once you make it through the first half, there's plenty of good creepy, strange, and disturbing material. But you have to make it through the first half to… More
El Hombre Invisible
Set in the world of travelling-circus sideshows, Santa Sangre already promises us circus-midgets, freaks and mutilations. And if the plot isn't… More