Santa sangre (1989)
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But this is paint | No, it's holy blood | This is paint! | It's HOLY BLOOD! | You hear me crazy woman it's paint PAINT! | It's BLOOD BLOOD! | PAINT PAINT! | HOLY BLOOD! IT'S HOLY BLOOD!
While this often features the evocative colour and framing of Argento's best (think Suspiria), its' key focus as a piece of surrealism isn't one of a nightmare. Instead you get to see the more banal horror of a desperately sad, everyday world, with the bizarre blending in around the edges in ways which make you question your own interpretations. Reaching an orgiastic peak of kinds with moments of religious symbolism, guignol, and unusually haunting analogy, the likely reaction is a mix of depression and disturbed splendour. The jarring tonal shifts in score only add to how unsettled I felt. As an auteur trump card and a stylistic melting pot, this makes a singular impression.
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This movie ranks #52 in 366 Weird Movies
This movie ranks #174 in TSZDT's The 1,000 Greatest Horror Films
This movie ranks #224 in Roger Ebert's Great Movies
This movie ranks #314 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 1001-2000
This movie ranks #476 in Empire's The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time