- Italy / Mexico
- Directed by: Alejandro Jodorowsky
- Written by: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Roberto Leoni, Claudio Argento
- Cast: Axel Jodorowsky, Blanca Guerra, Sabrina Dennison, Adan Jodorowsky, Guy Stockwell, Thelma Tixou, Faviola Tapia
Against the backdrop of a circus, young Fenix witnesses horrifying events when his strongman father commits suicide after dismembering the boy's mother. Committed for 20 years, he eventually escapes, only to find the maternal bonds still strong, driving him to kill any woman he finds attractive. Jodorowsky's film is deliberately disturbing and provocative, but its visual imagination makes it a landmark in cinematic surrealism.
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Reviews & features
Revisiting: Santa Sangre25 Sep 2012
Jodorowsky's 1989 cult circus slasher returns to cinemas
The circus has long provided rich cinematic pickings, from Freaks and The Greatest Show on Earth to La Strada and Lola Montès. In Alejandro Jodorowsky’s 1989 contribution to the canon, the circus is the stuff of wild nightmares and childhood trauma. Set…
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