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October 1990 (Brazil) See more »
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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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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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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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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Confused drug movie, 30 November 2001
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Dr Sergio leads a panel of doctors including writer and director Jose Mojica Martins in an episode of TV programme "Enlightening the Darkness". They discuss the effects of drug use on Brazilian society and discuss a set of experiments that Dr Sergio carried out with LSD and a group of users from different social classes.

What follows is a film in two parts. The first part follows Dr Sergio telling the panel stories of people using drugs and the effects they have. Essentially this is a series of short scenes where the drug takers turn to violent perverted acts after the drugs. Most of these include sexual violence directed towards women, others include sex scenes that have all the sensitivity and direction of soft core porn. Overall the lesson seems to be that drugs cause these perverted scenes and that drugs are bad. For this half of the film the "story" is disjointed and hard to follow - the discussion isn't set in any context and it just feels like an exploitation film - this is easy to believe as Mojica the director is famous for cheap horrors etc.

The second half sees the discussion become more structure as Dr Sergio describes his experiments on four LSD users. What follows a short set up is a 15 minute series of full colour (the rest is black & white) hallucinations featuring the director's alter ego - the evil Ze do Caixo. These hallucinations are quite disturbing and include a lot of violence toward women carried out by Caixo. Director Mojica comes up with very imaginative visions but they are all too gaudy and trashy horror. Again these feel overdone to shock his audience.

Following the experiments Dr Sergio reveals that instead of LSD he used distilled water and presents evidence to the same that is too easily believed ("it says distilled water!"). The conclusion of the experiments (and the film) is that these images came from the people themselves and not the drugs - therefore drugs are harmless and the people who do bad things as a result are sick anyway and you can't blame the drugs. This is a very weak conclusion given the evidence that has just gone before.

The film is an interesting bit of exploitation from Brazil - worth watching once for the film-student style of direction. However the presentation of perverted images and violence linked so closely to drug use makes the film's pro-drug message totally unbelievable and very hard to shallow (even if you agree with legalising drugs).

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