|Awakening of the Beast|
|Brazilian title|| Despertar da Besta|
O Ritual dos Sadicos
|Directed by||José Mojica Marins|
|Produced by|| José Mojica Marins|
George Michel Serkeis
|Written by||Rubens Lucchetti|
|Starring|| José Mojica Marins|
Awakening of the Beast (1970) (original titles: O Ritual dos Sádicos, and O Despertar da Besta) is a Brazilian horror film by Brazilian filmmaker and actor José Mojica Marins. Marins appears as himself and as the Coffin Joe character in the fictional film which is in the form of a pseudodocumentary.
Dr. Sergio, a psychiatrist, appears on a television program called "Shining a Light". He is attempting to prove a theory of his by presenting a series of anecdotal vignettes which portray drug users and various negative and shocking results.
- The Chapters
The Fantoma 3 DVD Box Set insert lists the film's chapters as follows:
- The Chamber Pot: A woman, being watched by a group of derelict men, injects a drug into her vein, then strips off her clothes to a song entitled Guerra ("War"). Once naked, the men produce a chamberpot on which the woman squats and supposedly defecates.
- Holy Moses: A schoolgirl is coaxed into an apartment where men are partying. She joins them in smoking marijuana. As the party escalates, the men compete in a game to see who can remove the girl's underwear with only their teeth. When the game is finished, a man appears dressed as Moses holding the 10 Commandments tablets and a staff. He penetrates the girl with the staff which results in her death.
- Addicts and Cops: Drug users are arrested and treated to random brutalities by the police.
- The Pony
- The Producer's a Pig
- Dirty Laundry
- Meet the Press
- Rounding Up the Subjects
- On the Town
- The Trip: Color segment of the film reveals the visions seen by the four volunteers during Dr. Sergio's experiment.
O meu mundo é estranho, mas digno de todos que o queiram aceitar.
E nunca corrupto como querem fazê-lo.
Pois é composto, meu amigo, de pessoas estranhas, mas não mais estranhas que VOCÊ!!!!
"My world is strange. But it is worthy to those I accept.
And never corrupt, as it has been told.
It is made, my friend, of strange people, but none are stranger than YOU!!!!"
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- Main article: Screenshot gallery: Awakening of the Beast
Covers and promotional artEdit
- Official film site
- IMDb profile
- Portal Brasileiro: Article
- EccentricCinema: Article
- Film essay at Tropical Gothic
- Movie Review: Coffin Joe - Awakening of the Beast BlogCritics Video.com
- Awakening of the Beast bocadoinferno.com