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.