Santa Sangre (1989)



Critic 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.

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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 father, at the end of which his mother loses both of her arms and his father commits suicide. Fenix spends years in an insane asylum, before his mother persuades him to act as her hands in her bizarre nightclub act. Soon, Concha is having Fenix perform a variety of murders, where he is killing every female in sight. Though the film has some of the hallucinatory qualities of Jodorowsky's earlier films, Santa Sangre doesn't quite have the same punch, particularly in terms of cerebral and emotional impact, despite its fine visuals. Santa Sangre is available in both R-rated and NC-17 edits.
Art House & International , Drama , Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Special Interest
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Sergio Bustamante
as Monsignor
Adan Jodorowsky
as Fenix, Age 8
Jesus Juarez
as Aladin
Axel Jodorowsky
as Fenix, Age 20
Faviola Tapia
as Young Alma
Blanca Guerra
as Concha
Thelma Tixou
as Tattooed Woman
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Critic Reviews for Santa Sangre

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (11)

You can say this: It is never boring.

Full Review… | November 15, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | November 15, 2013
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | November 15, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 26, 2012
AV Club
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Visionary and haunting, Santa Sangre is a mixture of blood poetry and gobbledygook that keeps springing astonishingly to life.

Full Review… | November 26, 2012
Rolling Stone
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The impression is of an old-school horror with sporadically interesting experimental ornamentation.

Full Review… | September 17, 2012
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Santa Sangre


Part Dario Argento, part Pedro Almodóvar, part Quentin Tarantino. What a macabre work of art!

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

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A new favorite of mine.

Michael S
Michael S

Super Reviewer


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 get there.


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