Awakening of the Beast

1969, Horror, 1h 36m

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The third installment in the Coffin Joe Trilogy, "The Awakening of the Beast," follows Coffin Joe's sadistic experiments on four drug addicts who volunteer to take LSD. The experiments are intended to prove that drug use is related to sexual depravity. Director José Mojica Marins once again plays Coffin Joe, who sits with a panel of psychiatrists on a television show, using videos of the addicts as proof of the connection between drugs and lewd sexual behavior.

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  • Nov 02, 2016
    Marins shows again that he has a great eye for creating unsettling compositions, but while it isn't hard to see what he wants to do here, his climactic psychedelic sequence in color is more like laughable nonsense and the conclusion it draws doesn't carry the impact intended.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 02, 2011
    4 decades later, and still people are incapable of comprehending Mojica Marins' endless display of genius with this effectively pretentious psychological shockfest of a masterpiece, showing experimental horror in its purest form and with Marins' endless fun playing with self-masturbatory metafilmic tendencies (referencing the supposedly authentic opinions of Glauber Rocha and Anselmo Duarte towards a bold independent cult filmmaker breaking boundaries and being unfairly criticized), which is unarguably one of the smartest and most unique twists ever in a horror franchise! Name a better one! 99/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 22, 2010
    I'm tempted to rate this a five just for the sheer perversity of it all. But as much fun as it is to make sport of, it's a really bad movie. One of Coffin Joe's (Brazil's answer to Ed Wood, director Jose Mojica Marins) messterpieces, this one is supposedly a serious study of how LSD affects behavior. Scenes of really bad, not even CLOSE to erotic softcore sexual content involving some really ugly people (WTF? I thought Brazilian people were supposed to be gorgeous!?!), including a gangbang, a rape, bestiality, and nods to various forms of fetishism. In between these scenes are scenes of social scientists, doctors and psychiatrists discussing what all this means to society as a whole. Finally, four of the "perverts" are chosen to be part of an experiment involving LSD and Coffin Joe movies. Following scenes where these folks attend a club with erotic dancers and a porn flick, they take LSD and end up in what appears to be hell, with people being tortured and abused, along with lots of nudity and sexual imagery. I'm guessing this is some sort of lame-ass acid trip. While most of the film is in B&W, this acid trip is in brilliant, nauseous color. Viewers should take particular note of the music. It is so totally inappropriate for the action on screen, that it's hilarious. The whole thing is just ridiculous, all the more so because it seems to take itself so seriously. But then again, maybe the joke's on me.
    Cindy I Super Reviewer
  • Aug 12, 2008
    Maybe i need to rewatch this.
    Tsubaki S Super Reviewer

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