Awakening of the Beast
Brazilian title Despertar da Besta
O Ritual dos Sadicos
Directed by José Mojica Marins
Produced by José Mojica Marins
Giorgio Attili
George Michel Serkeis
Written by Rubens Lucchetti
Starring José Mojica Marins
Mario Lima
Sérgio Hingst
Ozualdo Candeias
Andréa Bryan
Lurdes Ribas
Music by
Cinematography Giorgio Attili
Editing Luis Elias
Genre Horror
Release date 1969
Country Brazil
Length 93 min
Language Portuguese
Preceded by
Followed by

Awakening of the Beast (1970) (original titles: O Ritual dos Sádicos, and O Despertar da Besta) is a Brazilian horror film by Brazilian filmmaker and actor José Mojica Marins[1][2]. Marins appears as himself and as the Coffin Joe character in the fictional film which is in the form of a pseudodocumentary.


Dr. Sergio, a psychiatrist, appears on a television program called "Shining a Light". He is attempting to prove a theory of his by presenting a series of anecdotal vignettes which portray drug users and various negative and shocking results.

The Chapters

The Fantoma 3 DVD Box Set insert lists the film's chapters as follows:

  1. The Chamber Pot: A woman, being watched by a group of derelict men, injects a drug into her vein, then strips off her clothes to a song entitled Guerra ("War"). Once naked, the men produce a chamberpot on which the woman squats and supposedly defecates.
  2. Holy Moses: A schoolgirl is coaxed into an apartment where men are partying. She joins them in smoking marijuana. As the party escalates, the men compete in a game to see who can remove the girl's underwear with only their teeth. When the game is finished, a man appears dressed as Moses holding the 10 Commandments tablets and a staff. He penetrates the girl with the staff which results in her death.
  3. Addicts and Cops: Drug users are arrested and treated to random brutalities by the police.
  4. The Pony
  5. The Producer's a Pig
  6. Dirty Laundry
  7. Meet the Press
  8. Rounding Up the Subjects
  9. On the Town
  10. The Trip: Color segment of the film reveals the visions seen by the four volunteers during Dr. Sergio's experiment.
  11. Philosophy
  12. Finale

Opening monologueEdit

O meu mundo é estranho, mas digno de todos que o queiram aceitar.
E nunca corrupto como querem fazê-lo.
Pois é composto, meu amigo, de pessoas estranhas, mas não mais estranhas que VOCÊ!!!!

"My world is strange. But it is worthy to those I accept.
And never corrupt, as it has been told.
It is made, my friend, of strange people, but none are stranger than YOU!!!!"


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The volunteers
The television panel

Covers and promotional artEdit

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External linksEdit

  The films of José Mojica Marins

At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul  •  A Praga  •   Adventurer's Fate  •  Awakening of the Beast  •  Embodiment of Evil  •  End of Man  •  Hellish Flesh
Hallucinations of a Deranged Mind  •  Fifth Dimension of Sex  •  D'Gajao Kills to Avenge  •  Demons and Wonders  •  Dr. Frank in the Fetish Clinic
Fatal Hours  •   God's Sentence  •  How to Console Widows  •  My Destiny in Your Hands  •  Perversion  •  The Virgin and the Macho Man
The Strange World of Coffin Joe  •  The Woman Who Made Doves Fly  •   The Prophet of Hunger  •  The Devil of Old Town  •   Strange Hostel of Pleasures
The Bloody Exorcism of Coffin Joe  •  The Marble Goddess  •  The Hour of Fear  •   This Night I'll Possess Your Corpse  •  Trilogy of Terror
Sex and Blood in the Trail of the Treasure  •  Women of the Violent Sex  •  When the Gods Fall Asleep

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