Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Santa Sangre (1989)

Republic Pictures
Directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky
My rating: 2 stars out of 4
(Blu-ray, Severin)

A "child magician" working in his family's circus witnesses his father's adultery with the tattooed lady and subsequent mutilation of his trapeze artist mother. This trauma lands him in the psychiatric hospital as a young adult. He goes on a movie outing one day with the other patients, where they are given drugs by a pimp. Later, he climbs out of the asylum window to meet his mother and they start a new act. Instead, she uses him to commit horrendous murders. Uneven mix of Jodorowsky's usual surrealism with 80's style Italian horror. It's a poor combination that reduces the former's intellectual tendencies to the latter's for gory exploitation.

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