Santa Sangre
Santa Sangre (1989)

Santa Sangre is the surreal horror story about a young man, Fenix (Axel Jodorowsky) who has grown up in a circus with his mother Concha (Blanca Guerra) and his philandering father. Fenix witnesses a brutal fight between his mother and… More

Rated: R
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DVD Release Date: March 28, 1991
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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

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

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.
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
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
Cassandra Maples
After a long absence Jodorowsky returned with this surreal but more accessible offering than his earlier work, focusing on a circus and starring… More