The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

Santa Sangre

Santa Sangre

American Genre Film Archive presents a brand new 4K restoration from Severin Films of Santa Sangre, Alejandro Jodorowsky’s surreal take on the slasher genre!

Made 15 years after he unlocked the film world’s collective third eye with El Topo and The Holy Mountain, Jodorowsky made his 80s comeback with this staggering odyssey of blasphemy, belief and madness. Telling the tragic tale of a young circus performer whose mother had her arms cut off, the movie explores the disturbing relationship between the two as they become increasingly intertwined with each other and violent toward others.

A Freudian horror film told in a way only the visionary director could, Santa Sangre is bound to enrapture newbies and veteran Jodorowsky fans alike.


“While it’s not especially easy viewing, and unquestionably not for all tastes, Santa Sangre is exhilarating, challenging, enigmatic and distressing, but entirely rewarding and entertaining.” – Martin Unsworth, Starburst

“Drawing on his training in mime and his fascination with Gnosticism, Jodorowsky converted a story about a bizarre murderer into a grand work of art, full of symbols and imagery that reach beyond language to something primal and original.” -Noel Murray, AV Club

“What an extraordinary film: creepy, humid, unwholesome – touched with moments of crazed inspiration.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Santa Sangre
Santa Sangre.