Santa Sangre (1989)

Director
Alejandro Jodorowsky

Main cast
Axel Jodorowsky; Blanca Guerra; Guy Stockwell; Thelma Tixou; Sabrina Dennison

Genres
Fantasy, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Mystery, Foreign

Description
A young man is confined in a mental hospital. Through a flashback we see that he was traumatized as a child, when he and his family were circus performers: he saw his father cut off the arms of his mother, a religious fanatic and leader of the heretical church of Santa Sangre ("Holy Blood"), and then commit suicide. Back in the present, he escapes and rejoins his surviving and armless mother.


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