I hope to cuddle up with “Santa Sangre” this weekend.
It was directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky, a Chilean director who is what I would call a true artist. He does not conform to the normal narrative rules of filmmaking and instead creates something wholly unique.
Many of his films became available earlier this decade — “Holy Mountain,” “El Topo” and “Fando and Lis.” All are terrific maelstroms of madness that are perfect as midnight movies because they blur the line between dream and nightmare.
“Santa Sangre” is the one major film that has not yet been released on DVD in America. I’ve purposely tried to avoid learning much about it over the years in the hopes I would get to see it for myself.
Well, that day is here, and I can’t wait.
For the curious, here is a plot summary written by an IMDB reviewer: 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. Against his will, he “becomes her arms” and the two undertake a grisly campaign of murder and revenge.