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Santa Sangre


Roger Davidson

Santa Sangre
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If Alfred Hitchcock and David Lynch had combined their skills to direct Friday The 13th, it would come out something like this Mexican horror film from Alejandro Jodorowsky. It follows the life of Fenix (played by Jodorowsky's elder son Axel as an adult and his younger son Adan as a child) through two traumatic periods.

First, it shows his life as a "The World's Youngest Magician" in a traveling circus. His drunken father (Guy Stockwell) is a knife-thrower and his mother (Blanco Guerra) a religious fanatic. Stockwell is having an affair with the seductive Tattooed Woman (Thelma Tixou), while Jodorowsky is falling in puppy love with a beautiful deaf-mute (portrayed as a youngster by Faviola Elenka Tapia), Tixou's adopted daughter. This part of the story ends in bloodshed, when Guerra finds out about her husband's affair and attacks him. It results in Guerra's arms being cut off, Stockwell slitting his throat and Tixou running off with her daughter.

The second half follows the murderous adulthood of Jodorowsky, as he becomes his domineering mother's "hands" in order to cause unspeakable acts of violence. However, he finds the deaf-mute girl (now played by Sabrina Dennison) and wishes to run away from his violent life. His mother will not allow such a thing to happen. Who will win in the end?

There are Echoes of Psycho throughout the story. It's truly a bizarre one and not for everyone's taste. However, the amazing acting abilities of the two Jodorowsky's, a story with plenty of great plot twists and luxurious cinematography make this a movie that will surly stick out in your mind.

My Rating = Four Stars

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