Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Double feature of weirdness time!

Brazilian filmmaker Jose Mojica Marins' Coffin Joe horror films from the '60s are spectacular. Surreal, psychedelic and unsettlingly spooky, the films follow the demonic undertaker Coffin Joe (played by Mojica Marins) as he terrorizes a small town looking for the perfect woman to rear his spawn. The clips above showcase the wild opening title sequences from the first two Coffin Joe films: At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul (1963) and This Night I'll Possess Your Corpse (1966). Both hint perfectly at the surprises that await inside.*

According to Wikipedia (and you know how right they are), "In November and December of 2006, Mojica Marins shot the third installment of his Coffin Joe trilogy, Encarnação do Demônio (The Embodiment of Evil). The film completes the storyline that began with At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul and continued in This Night I'll Possess Your Corpse. Distributed by 20th Century Fox, The Embodiment of Evil is scheduled to premiere in Brazil on March 13, 2008, Mojica Marins' 72nd birthday."

The top-hatted and caped Joe popped up in a number of Mojica Marins' films through the years, most notably the trippy, acid fest, Awakenings of the Beast (1969), which was banned for almost two decades in Brazil, but there's been a sizable lull since his last appearance.

Please, please be right about this one, Wiki.

*Note: Both clips are in Portuguese, but the lack of English subtitles does nothing to lessen their impact.

- Phil Morehart

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