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Ritual of Death (1990)

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When a local acting company decides to stage an updated version of an Egyptian ritual involving human sacrifice, they unleash a dark and evil force. A vengeful satanic priestess uses the ... See full summary »

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Fauzi Mansur
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Olair Coan Olair Coan ... Brad
Karina Palatnik Karina Palatnik ... Carol (as Carina Palatinik)
Tião Hoover Tião Hoover ... Mickey
Serafim Gonzalez Serafim Gonzalez ... Old Librarian
Michael Kelly Michael Kelly ... Jim
Sérgio Hingst Sérgio Hingst ... Uncle Parker
Lilian Ramos Lilian Ramos ... Liza
Graça Costa Graça Costa ... Mysterious Woman
Léo Robinson Léo Robinson ... Police Officer
Mara Husemann Mara Husemann ... Brad's Mother
Ana Flora Ana Flora ... Brenda
Vanessa Alves Vanessa Alves ... Shirley
Eduardo Panizza Eduardo Panizza ... Jack
Leticia Vota Leticia Vota ... Mary
Alfredo Gonzalez Alfredo Gonzalez ... Conrad
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When a local acting company decides to stage an updated version of an Egyptian ritual involving human sacrifice, they unleash a dark and evil force. A vengeful satanic priestess uses the acting troupe to summon the spirit of a fanatical cult leader.

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An Ancient Rite Unleashes a Bloodthirsty Demon!

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Country:

Brazil

Language:

Portuguese

Filming Locations:

Brazil

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Awesome supernatural slasher trash fun
4 August 2010 | by BloodwankSee all my reviews

I always had a feeling that Brazilian horror had more to offer than just the shenanigans of good 'ole Coffin Joe, but only recently did I get to experience this glorious proof of my suspicions. Ritual of Death makes a beeline straight for the most deliriously inspired of territory and more or less sticks there, seekers of sense and coherence can pretty well not bother but for fans of the kookier side of foreign trash horror, its made of win. It charts the grisly craziness that befalls when an amateur theatre group gets a hold of a translation of an Egyptian manuscript detailing sacrificial rites to the god of death, rites that have led to ghastly happenings in the past. Suffice to say, the past awakens and actor Brad starts to come under some pretty bad influence… Now the script may not make a whole lot of sense, but director Fauzi Mansur sets about business with near magical intuitions about how to keeps things awesome. The first half has more of a supernatural vibe, so we get visions, ritual sacrifice as reality, dream and theatre and a whole bunch of stuff that may or may not be real but certainly makes for fun viewing. Colorful costumes, cheap and cheery set designs, score that fixates on powerful drums, alarmed synths and rudimentary eerie tunage (kudos Michael Kelly), a sweetly overwrought atmosphere of compelling unhingement howls bug-eyed at the viewer and it's really something to behold. Mix in boobs, pus oozing decay, jump cuts to a sinister bowler hatted man and a totally off the hook bloody bathtub fornication/severed goats head love scene and you got something close to purest bliss. Unexpected toads and messy eating get in on the action too! Then as things go on, the film works in some plot developments and sidles into slasher mode, so we get some gruesome slaying as things build to the inevitable daftoid finale. Zonked out dubbing provides unintentional humour, as does what sounds suspiciously like a misplaced fart at one point and the sillier effects will surely get some giggles too. Not much to say about the acting, but Sergio Hingst is suitably menacing as the aforementioned bowler hated menace, Olair Coan is a decently distressed leading man and the women are often pretty attractive, so its all good. Its been a while since I was this entertained by a trashy horror film, all bar hardy trash fans will likely find it terrible but I straight up loved it. Obscur-amongous, but dopey and gored up trash lovers would do well to hunt this sucker out I'd say.


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