Synopsis by Cavett Binion
Delirios de um Amoral, aka Hallucinations of a Deranged Mind, is basically a vehicle for recycling footage from the eccentric pantheon of Brazil's premier horror filmmaker Jose Mojica Marins, whose own persona often melds with that of his popular alter-ego Ze do Caixao ("Coffin Joe"). Clips are culled from the trademark surreal nightmare sequences favored by Marins in such films as Esta Noite Encarnarei No Teu Cadaver (Tonight I'll Be Incarnated in Your Corpse), Ritual dos Sadicos (Ritual of the Maniacs) and Exorcismo Negro (Black Exorcism). These grotesque, hallucinatory setpieces are depicted as the nightmares plaguing psychologist Dr. Hamilton (Jorge Peres), who is haunted by the character of Coffin Joe. In an effort to stop the dreams, Hamilton seeks the aid of Joe's creator (Marins, as himself), who tries to convince him that Joe is not an actual demon but a flamboyant character he intends to lampoon in his latest film. However, just when it appears that the spell is broken and the doctor is cured... it would seem Coffin Joe has the last laugh. Though not an original work per se, this is a fine showcase for Marins' limitless, warped imagination and is the first appearance of many scenes which were originally banned by Brazilian censors (particularly from Ritual dos Sadicos). It also offered Marins the opportunity to poke fun at his own image, pontificating about the psychological ramifications of his horrific works and the reputation he has garnered from them.