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Santa Sangre (May-1989)

Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky

Writers: Claudio Argento; Alejandro Jodorowsky; Roberto Leoni

Keywords: Horror, Surreal, Serial Killer, Circus

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Guy Stockwell
16-Nov-1934 6-Feb-2002 Beau Geste


Review by Xavier (posted on 3-Oct-2005)

This film by the Argentine Jodorowsky (and starring his oldest and youngest sons) is a must see for anyone transfixed by Latin American culture.

This film operates on many levels: at first it seems a psychological drama about relationships and obsessions in a Circus family in Mexico, but quickly develops into a surrealistic horror-cum-lovestory comic book come to life (serious!) replete with psycho-like stabbing scenes to a Perez Prado mambo rhythm.

(This film is really a "Mexican" Psycho for the 80's in many ways!).

Imagery and metaphor are paramount in this film which can easily cause sensory overload or perhaps even a seizure in some cases. But for Latinophiles, the setting, the icons (cast includes mexican actress Blanca Guerra ),striking images, costumes, music and sympathetic, well played characters mean you will be turned on -- turned off -- laugh -- ponder and in the end smile after seeing this film.

Note: The film was made in English, not dubbed and the "ESL" accents of the actors makes the film all the more peculiar.

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