Awakening of the Beast

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Awakening of the Beast
Awakening of the Beast (film) poster.jpg
Brazilian theatrical poster
Directed by José Mojica Marins
Produced by Giorgio Attili
José Mojica Marins
George Michel Serkeis
Written by Rubens F. Lucchetti
Starring José Mojica Marins
Mário Lima
Cinematography Giorgio Attili
Edited by Luiz Elias
Fotocena Filmes
Release date
October 1970 (Brazil)
Running time
93 minutes
Country Brazil
Language Portuguese

Awakening of the Beast (Portuguese: O Despertar da Besta, also released as O Ritual dos Sádicos) is a 1970 Brazilian horror/exploitation film directed by José Mojica Marins. Marins is also known by his alter ego Coffin Joe (Zé do Caixão). Marins appears as himself and as the Coffin Joe character in the fictional film which is in the form of a pseudodocumentary.[1]


In the film's first portion, filmed in B&W, Dr. Sergio, a psychiatrist, appears on a television program on a panel with three other contemporary psychiatrists after he claims to have conducted experiments on four volunteer drug addicts with LSD in order to investigate his claim that sexual perversion is caused by use of illegal drugs. As evidence, he presents a series of documented accounts of drug use which led to lewd and bizarre sexual acts. Marins appears (as himself) on the panel with the psychiatrists as some type of expert on the subject of depravity. During the program, Dr. Sergio recounts the experiment to his colleagues on the panel, who reject his claims.

Dr. Sergio gathers the four volunteers, and after receiving an injection, the volunteers (four drug users seen in the previous segments) are instructed to stare at a movie poster of Marins' The Strange World of Coffin Joe. The film changes to color and each patient's experience is vividly portrayed in a series of surreal scenes.


The television panel[edit]


  1. ^ "O Despertar da Besta - O Ritual dos Sádicos" (in Portuguese). (official website). 2006. Retrieved 2009-01-08. 

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