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Santa Sangre (1989)
"Santa sangre" (original title)

 -  Drama | Horror  -  27 June 1990 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Axel Jodorowsky ...
Fenix
...
Concha
Guy Stockwell ...
Orgo
Thelma Tixou ...
The Tattooed Woman
Sabrina Dennison ...
Alma
Adan Jodorowsky ...
Young Fenix
Faviola Elenka Tapia ...
Young Alma
Teo Jodorowsky ...
Pimp
Mary Aranza ...
Fat Prostitute (as Ma. De Jesus Aranzabal)
Jesús Juárez ...
Aladin (as Jesus Juarez)
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Monsignor
Gloriella ...
Rubi (as Gloria Contreras)
S. Rodriguez ...
The Saint
Zonia Rangel Mora ...
Trini
Joaquín García Vargas ...
Box-office Attendant (as Borolas)
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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 surviving and armless mother. Against his will, he "becomes her arms" and the two undertake a grisly campaign of murder and revenge. Written by Marty Cassady <martyc@vt.edu>

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

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27 June 1990 (USA)  »

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$787,000 (estimated)
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The line spoken during the death of the elephant "The Elephant is Dying" is used as the opening line of "What's up with You" - a song by Eddie Murphy and Michael Jackson. 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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References Viaje fantástico en globo (1975) See more »

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A fantastic film
1 April 2000 | by (Cleveland, OH) – See all my reviews

Once again, Alejandro Jodorowsky has managed to come up with a film that defies genrification even as it defies description. Santa Sangre is, on its surface, something of a suspense/horror film, but under the surface, it's a psychological drama, a black comedy, and about a hundred other genres all meshing in such perfect harmony that it's impossible to easily categorize this masterpiece.

All I can say is, if you have a chance to see this film, definitely do so. While the film is not recommended for those under 18 on the box, it is unrated. Much of the violence here is suggested rather than shown, and what nudity there is is more allegorical and less prurient. Probably not for the squeamish, but never crosses that line between the disturbing and the gross-out.


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