Delírios de um Anormal (1978)
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"Delírios de um Anormal" is a boring collection of footages from other movies from Zé do Caixão a.k.a. Coffin Joe. However, it is interesting to see that this 1978 film has many points in common with Wes Craven's "Nightmare on Elm Street" (1984) and the idea of an evil supernatural being that attacks in nightmares might have been the source of inspiration for the creation of Freddie Kruger. My vote is five.
Title (Brazil): "Delírios de um Anormal" ("Delirium of an Abnormal")
Finding it impossible to pull Dr.Hamilton out of his coma-like nightmare,where thanks to him being pretty vocal,is on him believing that a fictional movie character called "Coffin Joe" is real,and is someone who is going to steal his true love:Tania away from him.Deciding that they have done everything possible to wake Hamilton up from his nightmare,the group of doctors reluctantly take drastic action by asking film maker Jose Mojica Marins to meet with them,so that Hamilton can come face to face with his very real nightmare.
View on the film:
Reading on the back of the Anchor Bay DVD case,that with the exception of 25 minutes,the rest of the film had been made up of left over footage from Marin's past Coffin Joe movies,I started to hope that Marins and Luchetti would take the film's script into a fourth wall breaking,surrealist Horror direction,by making the nightmares that Hamilton is experiencing,be an all encompassing look at the minds of the Coffin Joe's movies audiences/fans.Sadly,whilst the new 25 minutes cheerfully looks to have been taken from a cheap Soap Opera,Marins and editor Nilcemar Leyart make the movie a painfully dull,unbelievably plodding viewing by having the same moments of the left over/B-footage get mind-numbingly played repeatedly without a single sign of meaning or even the slightest sight of cohesiveness,that leads to this being a Coffin of Joe that you will firmly want to nail shut.
** 1/2 (out of 4)
I'll have to say right off that to date this is my first Coffin Joe film. From what I've read this might not have been the one to start off with as this here only features about twenty-five minutes worth of "newly" shot scenes mixed in with outtakes, deleted footage and censored footage from the previous films. I guess you could call this a real cut and paste job but the end results are pretty good. In the film, a doctor is having strange visions of Coffin Joe (Jose Mojica Marins) coming to steal his wife so that the evil one can create a super being. I've read that Coffin Joe's creation and stealing of women is something that runs through all of his film so there's nothing new there but I must admit that the film really captured my imagination. I'm not sure how many people will be attracted to a film like this but if you like LSD-type mind trips then this is a good one. For the most part we get very little story and instead just countless strange visuals, which range from cannibalism to naked women to other strange acts of violence being carried out by Coffin Joe. A lot of times we see the same clips being used over and over and while many are going to read this and think lazy, the director actually does a very stylish job with his low-budget nature. I had always seen images of Marins as Coffin Joe but seeing him in actual was a lot of fun. His entire look and feel were quite attractive for a horror film of this type. I haven't seen too many films from Brazil but this one here certainly has me interested in checking out the rest of the Coffin Joe films, which includes a brand new one just recently finished filming.
For this particular film, Marins has gathered together numerous scenes from his body of work so far and cobbled them together with a little new footage to tell the story of scientist Dr. Hamilton (Jorge Peres), who suffers from terrible nightmares in which he sees cult horror icon Coffin Joe (played by Marins) trying to make off with his wife Tânia (Magna Miller). In a 'meta moment', the doctor treating Hamilton calls Marins for help, believing that the creator of Coffin Joe might hold the key to curing the nightmares, which in turn gives Marins an idea for his next film.
With the majority of the running time taken up by Hamilton's nightmares, which are essentially a compilation of random freaky imagery taken out of context (not that they had much context to begin with), Hallucinations of a Deranged Mind is an incredibly tedious, meaningless experience and a colossal waste of time, especially for anyone who has already seen most of Marins better known films.