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Santa sangre (1989)

NC-17 | | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | 27 June 1990 (USA)
A former circus artist escapes from a mental hospital to rejoin his armless mother - the leader of a strange religious cult - and is forced to enact brutal murders in her name as he becomes "her arms".

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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 armless mother. Against his will, he "becomes her arms" and the two undertake a grisly campaign of murder and revenge.

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Rated NC-17 for several scenes of extremely explicit violence | See all certifications »

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The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list. See more »

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When the elephant is dying, all the close-ups of its trunk bleeding show the trunk to be clean. All the long shots of the elephant show it's trunk covered in blood. See more »

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[first lines]
[Fenix crouches naked atop a tree trunk in his barren asylum room]
Doctor: [enters along with orderlies pushing a food cart] Fenix. Please...
[offers him a normal meal]
Doctor: Eat like a human being.
[pause]
Doctor: [puts the tray back down and offers him a raw fish]
Fenix: [howls]
[jumps down and grabs the fish]
Fenix: Grr!
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[over the final freeze-frame] I stretch out my hands to thee: my soul thirsts for thee like a parched land ... Teach me the way I should go, for to thee I lift up my soul. - Psalms 143.6, 8 See more »

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Donde estas corazon
Composed by Luis Martínez Serrano
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Wonderful Movie
6 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

The eerie atmosphere, and alien characters to every day life, draws those who are artistic and learners. The character development and strange situations will keep you glued to the set.

Santa Sangre means `Blood of the Saint'. The saint is a young virgin that a young Fenix sees his Mom worshiping in a strange cult like church. It is explained that this saint was an abused girl that got her arms cut off. This all takes place in a circus, with clowns as stand-ins and musicians playing music wherever Fenix goes. There is a very surrealistic scene when the Circus elephant dies of natural causes. This scene is very spectacular in how it was presented.

Later, Fenix sees his mom get her arms cut off by his father. This of course twists his mind into thinking of his Mom as a saint, but she is a very spiteful woman. This puts him in terrible situations, and he then cannot distinguish between unnecessary death and natural death. They make money when he is older by being his Moms arms during performances.

At any point in the movie, you really cannot tell what is real and what are insane delusions. It will not be reveled until the last few minutes of the film, which will surprise you.

Not too bloody if you get the blockbuster version. You can watch this, or watch some guy hurting himself while falling down funniest home videos, so I guess it's a matter of taste.


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