Dec 10, 2008

Hallucinations of a Deranged Mind

In case some of you may be uninformed, Coffin Joe is a starring character in an original trilogy of philosophical ancient Brazilian horror films. He also affirms to a "Crypt Keeper" status by retelling horror stories, as seen in Creepshow and Tales from the Crypt. When his film originally debuted, he almost instantly became the native "boogeyman", rocketing director José Mojica Marins to fame.

What fate had befallen Awakening of the Beast was many cuts, trims, shortenings, and a lengthy ban, Marins, unlike every other director, decided to use his unused footage in a recyclable film - namely, Hallucinations of a Deranged Mind. The weary plot follows a psychiatrist that is haunted with visions of Zé do Caixão stealing his trophy wife. The following scene would be followed up with at least 10 - 20 minutes of surrealistic smut barely forming a cohesive plot line. Thankfully, it's all gold, but strictly for fans only.

Most of the "fluff" revolves around desirable surrealism and homoerotic elements. A feminine under leg-arch vividly allows you to witness a deformed dwarf rotating around a barely clothed beauty. Many tarantula scenes are added, incorporating a forgotten occult status to this prime departure from the Coffin Joe mainframe. As always, Coffin Joe's quest for the fertile female to bear his super child continues. Marins fruitful pornographic past collides with the then-present as many scenes meant to be in Awakening of the Beast detail the fragile, yet nubile female form, unmasked.

The title yields all compromise. The plot is essentially thoughts from a deranged mind. How else better to put a scrapbook to film? Perhaps Hallucinations of a Deranged Mind was expressed to bring Marins inner homosexual to mind. After all, Zé do Caixão simply doesn't walk over weak masculine bodies as a sign of gender empowerment. Much of the sexually explicit material was reused from past engagements, which almost makes this film void in the thought department. Luckily, this is one film that a fan of Coffin Joe can enjoy.

The prospect of a surreal overdose is disheartening. In order to flesh out a feature length run time of scrapped footage, one must create a hollow shell in which to house said ideas. I'm just glad Marins is a productive enough director to put his artistic images to work rather than just throwing them away, losing them to the depths of darkness. Within Hallucinations of a Deranged Mind, you will be drawn into 10 minute long hallucination scenes, which equals tough viewing. What better way to waste time than to watch a Coffin Joe deleted scene montage? Needlessly to say, the result is fruitfully erotic.


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