AWAKENING THE BEAST is a far digression from the first two films in the Coffin Joe trilogy. It is much more experimental and introspective, examining different aspects of the drug culture and sexual revolution in Brazil during the late 60s and early 70s. AWAKENING finds several critics drilling Jose Mojica Marins over the sadistic and perverse themes found within his films, claiming that they have a direct and negative effect on their viewers. To prove these theories, a doctor induces several patients with LSD in order to examine the psychological effects demonstrated after viewing Joe's films. What results is a shit full of fuck. The first several vignettes range from a girl pissing in a bowl in front of a group of men, to a woman watching her daughter screw the butler while petting a donkey, to a slovenly business owner paying a woman to get raped while he watches through the keyhole and masturbates. This is just to name a few of the ridiculous events that the critics propose are being caused by doing drugs and watching Horror films like the Coffin Joe series. The entire film lacks structure, but once the LSD-induced nightmares begin, it really starts to get weird.. The film transitions into lucid color, and Joe finally makes his appearance in full regalia in order to torture the minds of those that have entered his dominion. He proceeds to whip, mock, and karate chop everyone in his path. He literally karate chops like 15 chicks in a row for no apparent reason. Several non-sequitor scenes and bizarre images follow, all really on cheap shocks with no true horror to be found. The whole effort is a twisted mess that is difficult to endure, but Marins makes an interesting stand by directly addressing his major criticisms in the form of one of his own films. AWAKENING is completely separate from the first two films as far as I am concerned, and will only appeal to a select minority.
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