Santa Sangre (1989)
Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky
Stars: Axel Jodorowsky, Blanca Guerra, Guy Stockwell, Adan Jodorowsky, Sabrina Dennison
Alejandro Jodorowsky is best known for his mystical midnight movies, El Topo and Holy Mountain. Both are impressive feats, but Santa Sangre is his most cohesive, grounded-in-narrative feature. Owing much to Psycho, Santa Sangre is a horror movie about a young boy in Mexico, a child of the circus, who witnesses his mother's mutilation at the hands of her knife-throwing husband, who's been creeping with the tattooed lady.
Blood is spilled, an elephant dies in one particularly Fellini-esque scene, and the boy is scarred psychologically and physically. Flash forward to his release from a mental institution as a young man and then things really get weird. Yes, the elephant bleeding out from its trunk feels normal compared to the wrestling, murder, and magic of the film's second half, which is unlike anything else you've seen before.