21 Amazing Psychedelic Horror Films

Santa Sangre (1989)
Spectacular Cinema

Director Alejandro Jodorowsky's name is synonymous with psychedelic cinema, from his LSD-fueled "Holy Mountain" and surreal western "El Topo" to his failed plans for a "Dune" film staring Salvador Dali. You'll find moments of terror in most of his films, but 1989's "Santa Sangre" remains his only proper entry in the horror genre.

It's a film saturated by carnival and Catholic imagery, hitting the viewer with everything from Mexican wrestlers and dismembered saints to elephant funerals and psychopathic murder. Co-written and produced by Dario Argento, "Santa Sangre" stands out as one of Jodorowsky's more linear and story-driven films. Even film critics had a lot of great things to say about this one, including Roger Ebert, who distinguished it as one of the 10 best films of 1990.

About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.