The Horror Asylum

Sign Up   Forgot Password? 
11,710 horror articles & features | 6,992 horror movies | 1,590 horror reviews | 1,683 giveaways hosted | 228 delicious interviews Established in 2001  
The Horror Asylum
  Horror News   Reviews   Giveaways   Interviews
Movies | TV | DVDs | Books | Games Movies | DVD | Books | Games Just Added | Ending Soon Just Added | Archives
Home About Enquiries Submissions Advertising Premium Feeds Cookies

LATEST HORROR HEADLINES

The First Trailer for Occurrence at Mills Creek Unveiled Top 5 Horror Games Betsy Lynn George Returns for Don Swanson's 'Occurrence at Mills Creek' REVIEW: Thomas Crane's HALLOWEEN PARTY
CryptTV's Sunny Family Cult Season 3 Now Available The Chilling 'Whispers' Lands on DVD and VOD in the UK Eullenia – The First Ever Genre Television Series from Thailand New Horror/Comedy Feature Film 'The Tome' To Be Released 2019!

WIN The Secret of Marrowbone on DVD
WIN The Secret of Marrowbone on DVD
WIN Robin Hood: The Rebellion on DVD
WIN Robin Hood: The Rebellion on DVD
WIN Secret Santa on DVD
WIN Secret Santa on DVD


Awakening of the Beast
Buy from Play.com Buy from Zavvi.com

Awakening of the Beast (1970)

movie | Movie Details
Images, Posters, News
| Comments
Have your say

Plot Summary:
"Psychiatrist experiments LSD on 4 volunteers, to investigate Coffin Joe's influence over them. Each patient presents a different reaction, involving sex, perversion and sadism."


Review by
Ryan McDonald
Follow me:
@horrorasylum
Review Date: 17 October 2011 My Rating: out of 5

 

Working somewhere in between mockumentary and horror anthology this film deals with several tales of moral depravity and drug-taking. The most important is the final one in which a psychiatrist conducts tests on a group of volunteers who are administered LSD, and shown the films of Jose Mojica Marins and his blaspheming villain character Zé do Caixao. The mixture of hallucinogenic drugs and nightmarish horror imagery seems to terrorise the test subjects.

This bizarro, ultimately unsuccessful 1969 offering (but only released in the 90s after long being banned) from cult Brazilian filmmaker Jose Mojica Marins really only has loose association with the so-called ‘Coffin Joe’ (Zé do Caixao) series that first introduced us to Marins’ mesmerising Zé do Caixao character (beginning with the excellent “At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul” and followed by the exceptionally weird “This Night I’ll Possess Your Corpse”). As a curio, it’s interesting, but not exactly ‘fun’ in any sense that I personally recognise. I don’t regret having seen it, but I don’t think I’ll be watching it again, either.

It’s strangely watchable in a sleazy (yet somewhat chaste by today’s standards) way, but I just don’t share Marins’ seeming panty-sniffing perversion, I’m afraid, and the film doesn’t really work. The wraparound scenes where Marins (essentially as himself) discusses the backlash against the films with critics take too long to be woven into the rest of the film (which is a very loose anthology), and it’s annoying given how brief these wraparound scenes actually are. For the longest time it doesn’t make much sense how the LSD stuff is related to the wraparound scenes, and even by the end I felt like Marins was trying to shoehorn criticism about his films into an LSD film. Rather than a debate about the effects of violent films on people, it seemed more like a self-indulgent, self-serving rebuttal/whinge session masquerading as a legit feature film.

Like I said, it has a curio factor (especially for Marins fans), but poorly done and not especially ‘fun’ or shocking. Brazilians, on the evidence of this film, have some very strange and curiously juvenile fetishes like kicking women in the behind and sniffing underwear. I just wish these fetishes were entertaining to me, but largely they aren’t. The constant moaning and screaming doesn’t help, I mean, it’s not a porno, Jose! They’re not even especially kinky, certainly nothing like the ‘wild orgy’ alluded to in the film. Yes, there’s a woman being violated with a stuck and a scene where smoke comes out of bottom cheeks with faces painted on them, but that last one is more WTF than kinky (I’ve heard Marins say that the painted faces were meant to be a cheap way to create ‘Martians’. What, from the planet Uranus?). I really didn’t know what to make of it at times, nor will most other viewers.

The camerawork is good, with some inventive angles and shots for an obviously ultra low-budget film. There is some nice composition and a lovely mixture of expressionistic lighting and technicolour weirdness (the film is in both B&W and colour at different stages).

OVERALL SUMMARY
The title is certainly pretty clever, but overall, this isn’t especially well-done and seems to be a private joke by Marins himself. I’m not sure if it’s anything more than a curio at best.




Blood and Guts: Comments

Username:
Password:

Not Registered?
Sign up for FREE >>




 
There are currently no comments.
Why not have your say!?



LATEST REVIEWS

Get Out Movie Review

Get Out

Cellar Dweller Movie Review

Cellar Dweller

Pyewacket Movie Review

Pyewacket

Quiet Place, A Movie Review

Quiet Place, A

Blair Witch Movie Review

Blair Witch

Dont Breathe Movie Review

Dont Breathe

All Through The House Movie Review

All Through The House

Ghoulies Movie Review

Ghoulies

Night of Fear Movie Review

Night of Fear

Happy Death Day Movie Review

Happy Death Day

The Ritual Movie Review

The Ritual

Mercy Christmas Movie Review

Mercy Christmas

The Unraveling Movie Review

The Unraveling

The Witch Movie Review

The Witch

The Other Side of the Door Movie Review

The Other Side of the Door

LATEST GIVEAWAYS

WIN The Secret of Marrowbone on DVD WIN Robin Hood: The Rebellion on DVD
WIN Secret Santa on DVD
Now you can Watch your favorite Horror Movies using the Official ShowBox App

AN INTERVIEW WITH

An Interview with Doug Hawley
Doug Hawley







Vampires.com Werewolves.com