Rent Santa Sangre (1989)

3.6 of 5 from 95 ratings
1h 57min
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Santa Sangre is a temple torn down by bulldozers over the protestations of its leader Concha (Bianca Guerra); the wife of an unfaithful circus performer (Guy Stockwell) and the mother of Fenix (Axel Jodorowsky). The Church is built on a gruesome crime scene, the first of many primal scenes for the young Fenix which also includes the death of the beloved circus elephant, the surreal funeral which follows, and above all the hideous violence which separates him from his family and leaves him confined in an asylum till his adult life. When he finally escapes, Fenix's nightmares are ready to become awful reality.
, , , Thelma Tixou, Sabrina Dennison, , Faviola Elenka Tapia, Teo Jodorowsky, María de Jesús Aranzabal, Jesús Juárez, Sergio Bustamante, , S. Rodriguez, Zonia Rangel Mora, Joaquín García Vargas
Claudio Argento
Alejandro Jodorowsky, Roberto Leoni, Claudio Argento
Santa sangre
Anchor Bay
Classics, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Thrillers
Mexico, Classics, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Thrillers
Release Date:
Run Time:
117 minutes
English Dolby Digital 2.0, English Dolby Digital 5.1
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
  • Audio Commentary by Director Alejandro Jodorowsky and Film Journalist Alan Jones
  • Louis Mouchet's Documentary 'La Constellation Jodorowsky'
  • A Filmed On Stage Interview with Alejandro Jodorowsky
  • Deleted Scene with Commentary
  • Talent Biographies
  • 'Echek' A Short Film directed by Adan Jodorowsky
  • Stills and Poster Gallery
Disc 1:
This disc includes the main feature
Disc 2:
This disc includes special features
Release Date:
Run Time:
119 minutes
English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
BLU-RAY Regions:
  • Director's commentary with Jodorowsky and Journalist, Alan Jones
  • Jodorowsky's Cult Cinema La Constellation Jodorowsky documentary by Louis Mochet (1994)
  • Echeck - a short film by Adan Jodorowsky, Alejandro's son and star osf Santa Sangre
  • Deleted scenes with commentary from Jodorowsky and Journalist, Alan Jones
  • Jodorowsky interview at ICA, London (2002)
  • Mr Bongo trailer

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Reviews (1) of Santa Sangre

A effective but acquired taste ... - Santa Sangre review by NP

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You may, like me, spend the first half an hour of this film, wondering what exactly you are watching. This bewitching, garishly coloured, strange, grotesque collection of moments and bizarre happenings are presented without build-up, and at first it is difficult to know if a story is being told or this is just one scene of carnival curiosity followed by another.

And yet director and co-writer Alejandro Jodorowsky weaves a spell-binding other-world that bares a passing resemblance to the freakish histrionics of Lon Chaney’s 1927 film ‘The Unknown,’ and even the body horror of ‘The Hands of Orlac (1924)’. The circus performers’ backstreets and carnal houses become curiously beautiful stages thanks to the unexpected use of colour and bombast. So much so that, with moments of genuine erotica mixed with gratuity and horror – although rarely explicit, merely extravagantly suggested – this convincing community becomes an all-encompassing theatre of the absurd.

At slightly over two hours long, ‘Santa Sangre’ is a long time for such ambience to sustain itself, and yet it does. It’s a persuasive grandstand on which to pin the central story, and yet with a myriad of powerful, idiosyncratic performances - including the extraordinary Thelma Tixou, and Adan Jodorowsky and Faviola Elenka Tapia, two spirituous child actors playing younger versions of two main characters – and always majestic directorial flourishes, there is no excuse for the attention to wander.

This won’t be to everyone’s tastes. I’m not even entirely sure it is to mine. It doesn’t become unusual, it is unusual from the outset and doesn’t let up the pace. But it’s difficult not to get swept up in it. Original and never lets up, my score for ‘Santa Sangre’ is 8 out of 10.

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