Hallucinations Of A Deranged Mind (1978)

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Hallucinations Of A Deranged Mind sees Jose Mojica Marins return as his alter ego Coffin Joe. However, this time Coffin Joe exists in the mind of a mentally ill man, Dr. Hamilton, who believes that his wife is so perfect that Coffin Joe conspires to steal her away from him. The majority of the film takes place in the warped nightmares of Hamilton as he witnesses Coffin Joe’s demented world, and the bizarre tortures that he inflicts on his victims.

Hallucinations Of A Deranged Mind is a film that’s mainly made out of recycled footage of surreal sequences and violent torture from previous Jose Mojica Marins films, and the footage has been cleverly edited together to create a new story. Notable sequences re-used in Hallucinations Of A Deranged Mind include: the LSD hallucinations from Awakening Of The Beast, the torture scenes from the final segment of The Strange World Of Coffin Joe, and the ‘inferno’ sequence from This Night I Will Posses Your Corpse. Only about 30% of Hallucinations Of A Deranged Mind is new footage where Jose Mojica Marins plays himself as he tries to help the suffering Dr. Hamilton.

Hallucinations Of A Deranged Mind is a prime example of old footage being recycled to create something new and interesting. As I’ve previously stated during my Godfrey Ho reviews, I’m not wholly against the recycling of old footage to create new films, and Hallucinations Of A Deranged Mind shows how the incorporation of old footage can feel fresh when used in a different context, especially the torture scenes lifted from The Strange World Of Coffin Joe which feel much more gruesome because the scenes are spaced out between sequences of surreal imagery, allowing the atmosphere to build up before assaulting the senses with pure brutality. However, when a film-maker uses long periods of surreal imagery with no story to link them together, they run the risk of a viewer becoming desensitized to the images onscreen, and that’s a major problem with Hallucinations Of A Deranged Mind. Because the scenes of surreal imagery go on for too long without taking a break and allowing the over-arching plot to continue. I became very bored of seeing repetitive images of strangeness and torture, and Hallucinations Of A Deranged Mind became very tedious to watch by the time the film had reached its final act.

Aside from that, there’s not really much more I can say about Hallucinations Of A Deranged Mind. Anything I can say about the surreal sequences I’ve already mentioned in my previous reviews of Awakening Of The Beast, The Strange World Of Coffin Joe, and This Night I’ll Possess Your Corpse. The new footage is reasonably interesting, but it’s not the main focus of the film. Hallucinations Of A Deranged Mind doesn’t offer anything new that I haven’t already seen in previous Jose Mojica Marins horror films. However, to the film’s credit, it is more entertaining to watch than Hellish Flesh or The Strange Hostel Of Naked Pleasures. However, after watching 9 of Jose Mojica Marins more famous films, I have to say that if someone wants to experience the best that Jose Mojica Marins has to offer, then watch the Coffin Joe trilogy – At Midnight I Will Take Your Soul, This Night I Will Possess Your Corpse and Embodiment Of Evil – as they are far better than the other films that Jose Mojica Marins have made throughout his career.

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