I don’t think Santa Sangre was meant to be as weird as it is. Some movies try so hard to be odd, and it often comes across as phony or self-parody. Santa Sangre is the most non-intentionally weird move ever devised. It has nothing to do with Santa Claus (at least I don’t think) and more to do with talking fish and circuses. Santa Sangre utilized the flash-forward before Lost made it cool, and takes advantage of Down Syndrome illness more than any other film. The film is also intensely violent and absurd beyond any sort of literal understanding. Santa Sangre may be a huge metaophor for child abuse, but it also has enough circus tricks to fit in a Cirque De Soleil script. You can’t come to terms with the film’s oddities any more than you can understand why your mom insists on Santa Claus being real even in your twenties.
Reason to Watch
Jesus makes a cameo appearance. The real Jesus, so that is pretty cool or whatever.
italy and Mexico don’t usually deprive such entertainment, more known for their stuffiness and their illegal immigrants respectively, but for one reason or another, Santa Sangre just sort of works, even if it isn’t really saying anything at all about anything we can understand.
Most Memorable Quote(s)
- Concha: Without me you are nothing. No one sees you and no one notices you. Just like your stupid hero.
- Concha: It’s always roosters or swans! You never see anything else in your ridiculous hallucinations.
What You Need to Get Through This Movie
Let’s just be honest here and nothing except shrooms and an Amazon frog can really make you come to sense and preparation for this thing.
- As a tribute to Mexican horror films, Santa Sangre includes a scene with masked wrestlers and a “superwoman” named La Santa.
- The line spoken during the death of the elephant (The Elephant is Dying) is used as the opening line of “What’s up with You” – a song by Eddie Murphy and Michael Jackson, of all combinations
You cannot atone for your sins by asking politely and sacrificing an animal
When a character hallucinates, even the smallest trivial problem is insurmountable
Justification for Rating
If senselessness is directly proportional to quality, a 7 will do perfectly here.