- Actors: Axel Jodorowsky, Blanca Guerra, Guy Stockwell, Thelma Tixou, Sabrina Dennison
- Directors: Alejandro Jodorowsky
- Writers: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Claudio Argento, Roberto Leoni
- Producers: Angelo Iacono, Anuar Badin, Claudio Argento, René Cardona Jr.
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English
- Dubbed: English
- Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Anchor Bay
- DVD Release Date: 26 Jan. 2004
- Run Time: 119 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- ASIN: B0000CERU3
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,188 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Santa Sangre 
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Alejandro Jodorowsky writes and directs this late 1980s horror following circus performer Felix (Adan Jodorowsky/Axel Jodorowsky) whose traumatic childhood has left him mentally disturbed. As a boy, Felix witnessed his father cutting off the arms of his mother, Concha (Blanca Guerra), and he has since spent years in an asylum. Upon his return to the now deranged Concha, Felix has to do her bidding. This involves murdering every woman with whom he comes into contact. When Concha orders Felix to kill Alma (Sabrina Dennison), his childhood sweetheart, he attempts to resist.
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The final result is a truly unforgettable and visceral experience, filled with some of the most beautifully disturbing imagery and haunting poetry ever caught on celluloid. Granted, it's not a film for everyone, as some might be repelled by it's demented visual style, but those who will let themselves to get into the bizarre, disturbing and captivating world of Santa Sangre, will surely be rewarded. The narrative follows the story of Fenix, the son of a gringo circus-master and his Fanatical and cult obsessed Mexican wife named Concha; traumatised in childhood by witnessing a brutal exchange between his philandering father and jealous mother where the father chops off both of her arms, Fenix is committed to an institution. As a young man, he escapes and finds himself in the care of his now crippled mother, only to become enslaved to her seemingly insatiable need for vengeance upon the memory of Fenix’s father and his father’s mistress. As the coils of madness, tragedy and bloodshed tighten, through them moves the mysterious figure of the deaf-mute girl Alma, Fenix’s childhood sweetheart from his days in the circus. Can her innocence, courage and love save her former playmate from his fate? The answer, perhaps unsurprisingly, is by no means straightforward.
The only other film that I can compare this one to in terms of atmospheric beauty is the French masterpiece Eyes Without a Face and probably Argento's Deep Red. Being a surrealist movie, some things appear to happen at random and don't make a lot of sense - but this is where the true brilliance of Jodorowsky's storytelling comes in. No matter how bizarre or weird this film gets - it can always be made sense of. The old Anchor Bay 2 disc special edition is the copy that I own but this has also been released on Blu-ray by Severin films. The special features include an audio commentary by Alejandro Judorowsky and film Journalist Alan Jones, an old t.v documentary from France called La Constallation Jodorowsky, this documentary was great and quite lengthy too. Deleted scene with commentary by the director, Echek a short film directed by Adan Judorowsky (he also starred in the film as the young version of Fenix) and an on-stage interview with Alejandro Judorowsky. Santa Sangre comes with huge recommendations to anyone that is a fan of wayward cinema. Haunting, beautiful, brutal and anything but cliché - do not miss this.
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