Rolling Stone - 04/19/1990
"...Visionary and haunting..."
New York Times - 04/20/1990
"...Movie making as Rorschach test....It confirms [Jodorowsky's] ability to create and control a bright visual circus that never becomes dull..."
Los Angeles Times - 03/30/1990
"...There's no denying Jodorowsky's visual flair in this film..."
USA Today - 05/10/1991
"...[With] extraordinarily striking visuals..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 09/03/2003
"...The quality Jodorowsky has above all is passionate sincerity. Apart from his wild creative style, apart from his images, apart from his story inventions, he has strong moral feelings..."
Uncut - 07/01/2010
"A grotesque, twisted fairy tale...it's beautiful, mad and stomach-turning in about equal measure. A proper Jodorowsky movie, in other words."
Film Comment - 01/01/2011
"[With] arty violence, bizarre setpieces, and lush neon colors. The result is a brilliantly camp, sentimental rendering of PSYCHO relocated to Mexico City."
A.V. Club - 02/09/2011
"SANTA SANGRE is every inch a Jodorowsky film, wheeling between genres, styles, and spiritual traditions as easily as its soundtrack shifts from traditional Mexican music to a pulsating horror-movie score." -- Grade: A-
Total Film - 11/01/2012 4 stars out of 5 -- "Masterfully directed and relentlessly lucid, SANTA SANGRE somehow manages to make Jodorowsky's acid western EL TOPO look sane."
A sadistic circus master mutilates his wife after she catches him with another woman, so traumatizing their son who witnesses it that he is committed to an institution. The armless mother and her son are reunited years later in an unholy alliance.
A hallucinatory, dreamlike study of one individual's disturbed psyche; the line between truth and imagination blurs in this surreal universe. Fenix has always lived in the rarefied and strange world of the circus, where both his parents work. But when his mother spots his father going off with another woman, a tragic battle results in which Fenix's father is killed, and his mother loses her arms. The boy goes insane, and remains institutionalized... until, many years later, his mother reclaims him, and together they embark on a bloody trail of revenge. And only one person from the past knows the secret of the serial murders.
Family Interaction |
One of the year's "Top Ten," said Siskel & Ebert. Hallucinatory shock king Alejandro Jodorowsky directs this tale of a young man who "loans" his arms to his mother, mutilated 12 years before by his vengeful father. In return, he gets to use her mind to carry out his own demented agenda.
Available in both R-rated and its original NC-17 versions.