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1989 | Color |

A young man is confined to 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"). Back into the present, he escapes and joins his mother. Against his will, he "becomes her arms" and the two undertake a grisly campaign of murder and revenge.


Country: México, Italia
Direction: Jodorowsky; Alejandro
Script: Jodorowsky; Alejandro, Leoni; Roberto, Argento; Claudio
Production: Argento; Claudio
Photography: Nannuzzi; Daniele
Sound: Camacho; Roberto
Music: Boswell; Simon
Cast:Jodorowsky; Axel, Stockwell; Guy, Tixou; Thelma, Dennison; Sabrina, Jodorowsky; Adan, Elenka Tapia; Faviola, Jodorowsky; Teo, Juárez; Jesús, Contreras; Gloria, Guerra; Blanca
Art direction: Luna; Alejandro
Participation year at FICM: 2013

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