Sure both films combined run only 30-so-minutes long, but what lies within both films are fantastic stories, phenomenal directing and editing and a good soundtrack, which is a rarity in these low budget flicks.
Bad, to worse, to Frankenstein’s monster quoting the psalms and
the guy who played Faramir fighting with Igor (who looked strikingly
like Radu from the “Subspecies” series) on a bridge with a cattle prod.
He (Chris Kentis) creates suspense in the element of surprise and unknown- something hurts Susan- but what was it? The Ocean is a huge place, with millions of different creatures lurking below its surface, so what exactly hurt her?
Americans are afraid of
giant or powerful monsters that seemingly cannot be defeated, be it “The
Thing” or Freddy Kruger or Satan himself. The Japanese are more afraid
of the unexplained, a child under a table in a restaurant, a disembodied
As with all of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s films, Santa Sangre is like a beautifully grotesque painting or sculpture put onto film. His usage of the colors black, white and red also have spiritual and religious significance, as religion always has a major role
From the amazing acting, sharp no-nonsense direction, and the use of (real) sharks, it’s not hard to see that the filmmakers cut out the bullshit and gave the viewers (finally!) a frightening, smart thriller that makes sense.
This one is a little different from your average serial killer movie. There is no madman out on the loose luring kids into dark alleyways and taunting police by sending packages of bodily organs or going after the leading FBI agent’s daughter as revenge.
The plot is basic and far-fetched, and therein lies the magic. Much like
many other films to come out of the Drive-In era of horror, IDYB is one of
those guilty pleasures. Far from a masterpiece but one hell of a fun ride.