‘Like some Fellini-esque nightmare…a strange, violent, but ultimately
‘A mind blowing exercise in amputation and religious weirdness’
‘Hallucinatory brilliance… visionary and haunting, keeps springing
astonishingly to life’
‘A movie like none I have seen before: Santa Sangre is a film in which
the inner chambers of the soul is laid bare’
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times
‘Visually ravishing and intellectually diffuse…once seen, never
It’s the ultimate midnight movie, the cult film to end all cults films, one of the weirdest, strangest and visually stunning films you’ve ever seen, appealing to cineastes, horror buffs, drive-in movie fans, heads, freaks and weirdoes… It is Santa Sangre (Holy Blood), a mind trip of a film due for a long-overdue revival at UK cinemas in a sumptuous, fully remastered version on 21 September 2012.
Described as one of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s finest films Santa Sangre received huge critical acclaim on its initial release, and now Mr Bongo Films presents the phenomenal masterpiece in a version that fully highlights this visual feast.
Written and directed by Jodorowsky along with Claudio Argento and Roberto Leoni, Santa Sangre is a terrifying, psychedelic horror. Set in Mexico it tells the story of a boy who grows up in a circus. We follow in flashback and flash forward the young Fenix (played by Jodorowsky’s son Adan) who witnesses a horrifically brutal incident between his mother and father which sends him insane and as an adolescent (played by Jodorowsky’s older son Axel), as he is leaves an asylum into the care of his crazed, vengeful mother.
Alejandro Jodorowsky is a Chilean-French filmmaker, playwright, actor, author, comic writer and spiritual guru. Best known for his avant-garde films, he has been ‘venerated by cult cinema enthusiasts’ for his work which is filled with violently surreal images and a hybrid blend of mysticism and religious provocation.
Synopsis: We find a young man, Fenix, confined to a mental hospital. But why is he there? We flashback to his childhood as a performer in a circus with his mother Concha, a trapeze artist and his father, Orgo a knife-thrower and leader of a religious cult. When his father is unfaithful, his mother exacts revenge but his father retaliates chopping off Concha’s arms and then kills himself. Witnessed by the young Fenix, the trauma sends him insane. 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.
Coming to UK cinemas in a sumptuous, fully remastered version on 21 September 2012
‘The king of cult cinema, a unique voice’
‘The best filmmaker ever’