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Release Date:
October 1990 (Brazil) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Directed by
José Mojica Marins 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Rubens F. Lucchetti 
José Mojica Marins  story

Produced by
Giorgio Attili .... producer
José Mojica Marins .... producer
George Michel Serkeis .... producer
Goffredo Telles Neto .... associate producer
 
Cinematography by
Giorgio Attili 
 
Film Editing by
Luiz Elias 
 
Art Direction by
Nico Rosso 
 
Makeup Department
Graveto .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Mario Lima .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mario Lima .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Júlio Perez Caballar .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Harrys .... electrician
Milagres .... still photographer
Nene .... electrician
Virgílio Roveda .... assistant camera
Willian .... still photographer
 
Editorial Department
Hélio .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Luis C. Reis .... production assistant
Jorson Silva .... production assistant
Márcio Silva .... continuity
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"O Ritual dos Sádicos" - Brazil (original title)
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Runtime:
93 min
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Certification:
Brazil:18 | Brazil:(Banned) (1969-1982) | Canada:13+ (Québec) | Netherlands:16 | Netherlands:16 (2008) (DVD) | UK:R

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Trivia:
According to director José Mojica Marins, other filmmakers helped him get this into production by donating filmstock.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Zé do Caixão:My world is strange, but it's worthy to all those who want to accept it, and never corrupt as some want to portray it. Because it's made up, my friend, of strange people, though none are stranger than you!
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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A mess, but a fascinating mess nonetheless, 21 October 2006
Author: TheMarquisDeSuave from Worcester, MA

This is by far one of the most bizarre films I've seen, and I'm familiar with the works of Jodorowsky and Lynch. It's certainly not Jose Mojica Marins' most accessible film (the two proceeding Coffin Joe films are recommended as better starting places for the novice). However, it is his best, when all of his sub-Neitschze philosophy, violence, and common hatred for authority came together. Sure, its a bit of a mess as far as film-making goes, but its a fascinating mess nonetheless. Its an interesting parable on how the government uses scapegoats such as drugs and violent cinema (particularly that of Marins' films which were subjected to much censorship) to cover up other issues. For its subversive story, it was banned in Brazil until 1986.

Marins was always a talented if raw filmmaker. His roughie segments at the beginning are disturbing and even gross, but they contribute to the power of the film. The final LSD sequence is one of the most amazing ever caught on film. The trip sequence is comprised of censored scenes from earlier Coffin Joe films and new footage. Viewing this, its no wonder the government was horrified and called for it to be banned. In his homeland, Marins is a renowned cult figure. Unfortuantly his unique cinema isn't appreciated too much outside of Brazil. This is a shame, because while his films aren't for everybody, psychotronic fans will love them. (8/10)

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