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The Coffin Joe Trilogy (1963)

José Mojica Marins , Magda Mei , José Mojica Marins  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: José Mojica Marins, Magda Mei, Nivaldo Lima, Valéria Vasquez, Ilídio Martins Simões
  • Directors: José Mojica Marins
  • Writers: José Mojica Marins, Magda Mei, Aldenora De Sa Porto, Rubens F. Lucchetti
  • Producers: Arildo Iruam, Antonio Fracari, Augusto Pereira
  • Format: Box set, Black & White, Color, Letterboxed, NTSC
  • Language: Portuguese (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Fantoma
  • DVD Release Date: October 8, 2002
  • Run Time: 279 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006IUIC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #411,078 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Coffin Joe Trilogy" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Includes At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul, This Night I'll Possess Your Corpse, and Awakening of the Beast
  • New interview with the director about the making of each film
  • Reproduction of an original Coffin Joe 36-page comic book
  • Box set-exclusive Coffin Joe comic nook
  • Limited edition coffin-shaped packaging

Editorial Reviews

Prepare to enter the world of an unholy undertaker, evil philosopher, and denizen of dreams and hallucinations--Coffin Joe! With his trademark top hat, black cape, and long talon-like fingernails, this Brazilian horror icon has been immortalized in films, TV shows, radio programs, comic books, and popular songs. He is the creation of Jose Mojica Marins, whose perversely original filmmaking style has been compared to an unholy blend of Mario Bava, Luis Bunuel, and Russ Meyer. Fantoma is proud to present director-approved editions of these seminal tales of terror in a specially-priced limited edition boxed set. Contains "At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul," "This Night I'll Possess Your Corpse" and "Awakening of the Beast."

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Low Budget Film! September 22, 2003
Director Jose Mojica Marins took Brazil by storm with the 1963 release of "At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul," the first entry in what would soon become known as the Coffin Joe franchise. It may be quite surprising that such a low budget black and white film made in Brazil forty years ago would merit a DVD release, but when you watch the movie, you will readily agree that there is something special about Marins's project. After the release of this movie, the Brazilian director churned out numerous sequels that ultimately led to his becoming a pop culture icon in his native land. Marins often turned up in public dressed in the trademark Coffin Joe attire: a black cape, a black top hat, and hook-like fingernails about three inches long (the fingernails are real, by the way, as an interview with Marins confirms). Genre fans in the United States picked up on the Coffin Joe craze and sought out hard to find copies of his films until an American video company released them here few years ago. Now we can watch the horror that is Coffin Joe on DVD. I love it! I cannot wait to see the other two sequels also out on DVD.
Coffin Joe's works as an undertaker for a small Brazilian town. He is not a popular figure with the locals, who cannot stand his sadistic bullying or his mocking attitudes towards God and Satan. Joe laughs at the silly superstitions of the townspeople as he chows down on meat on Fridays and heckles people in a religious procession. When Joe isn't preparing bodies for burial, he spends time taunting his wife at home, hitting on his friend's girlfriend, and hanging out at the local pub. Coffin Joe's biggest concern in life is his ability to produce an heir to carry on his "bloodline.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Films from and incredible and Wicked Soul... October 27, 2006
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Brazilian producer/director/actor José Mojica Marins (Coffin Joe) is one of the most enigmatic and fascinating figures lurking on the fringes of the underground film Universe. Subversive, controversial and always entertaining; Marins, known in Brazil as Zé do Caixão began his filmic career in 1963 with the atmospheric and wonderful, `At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul'.

For a first effort, and with virtually no budget, this is quite an impressive film. It was written, directed, and produced by Zé do Caixão (literally translated from Portuguese as `Joe of the Grave'). Marins also had to take over the lead actor role when his chosen actor dropped out due to the disturbing nature of the script and sadistic actions he was to undertake during the course of the movie.

When one takes into account the circumstances surrounding the filming of this classic, the finished product is even more impressive. It was shot with scraps of film and likely spliced together with scotch tape. The atmosphere and aura this film casts upon the screen is quite magickal. I will not go into plot details, as other reviews have covered this amicably. The transfer to DVD is excellent on this film (as well as the other two). Fantoma always seems to do a wonderful job with this facet of DVD production.

Following `At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul' (1963), Coffin Joe unleashed `This Night I'll Possess Your Corpse' on the unsuspecting populous. `This Night I'll Possess Your Corpse' is the proper sequel to `At Midnight...', and even more effective film. Coffin Joe had a bigger budget, which meant more money for special effects, which meant even more live tarantulas and spiders to victimize his poor actresses with.

`This Night...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Dracula, Frankenstein, Wolfman, and Mummy aside, Coffin Joe was one of the first real modern horror archetypes to grace our movie screens. Actually he didn't grace any screen in America, because he was a Brazillian creation, and that was where he remained for the most part, until Something Weird Video introduced him stateside in the eighties. The quality of video was attrocious, but there was no denying the feeling of that suspenseful hook as it went into you.
At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul is not a movie that moves at necksnapping pace. Like all good movies about the darker sides of small towns, it conveys the effect of looking into a terrarium or some kind of cage. The star attraction of this tiny town cage, is Coffin Joe, the gravedigger, who holds all the citizenry in a spell of bullyish terror. Without giving too much away, Joe's dilema is that he has no son and his wife is barren. I'd say this is one man's quest to realize his dream, but you'll laugh at the irony of that statement when you see the movie.
This movie could not have been done in anything other than black and white. It's scratchy, unfocused tone only adds to the dreamlike, hallucinatory quality that the story of this movie is supposed to be made of. This film also is a triumph of imagination over severe financial constraints. Shot over a period of scant days, Marins even had the bad luck of having some of the film stock stolen before he even set to shooting.
Finally there is the matter of Coffin Joe himself. Like Freddy, Jason, or Michael Meyers, Joe has threaded himself through many sequels and vignettes. He is an utterly fascinating example of the complexities of the human psyche. Malicious, sadistic, there is even a touch of the heroic as he defies god and satan alike in the graveyard.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars At Midnight I'll Waste Your Time **1/2
From the review of ESTA NOITE ENCARNAREI NO TEU CADAVER (Tonight I will Make your Corpse turn Red) in THE ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF HORROR MOVIES, edited by Phil Hardy, Tom Milne and Paul... Read more
Published 1 day ago by John Nava
2.0 out of 5 stars didn't love it but glad I got it
I don't typically blind buy movies but I saw this on a shelf and after asking about it on IMDB I got some good feedback so I got it. It was okay. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Luke
4.0 out of 5 stars Brazilian Grand Guignol in Tacky Black and White
AT MIDNIGHT I'LL TAKE YOUR SOUL is the movie that Ed Wood wanted to make but lacked the talent to produce. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Gary F. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Brazillian horror
This is one of the best, if not the best classic South American horror film. It is actually one part in a trilogy. Read more
Published 11 months ago by specialkrp
5.0 out of 5 stars "You Agonize, Because You Cannot Scream!"...
Having heard about COFFIN JOE for years, I finally bought AT MIDNIGHT I'LL TAKE YOUR SOUL (along w/ THIS NIGHT I'LL POSSESS YOUR CORPSE, and EMBODIMENT OF EVIL), and watched it. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
The one movie I was really interested in by Coffin Joe was not included in this set and the ones that are, are almost unwatchable. The comic set was the best part of this deal.
Published on September 13, 2011 by Emily Forster
4.0 out of 5 stars an entertaining fever dream in black, white and shades of grey
Often, despite all the cgi wizardry, Hollywood movies just don't create a place I WANT to believe in. Then, there are films like AT MIDNIGHT... Read more
Published on November 16, 2010 by W Mianecke
5.0 out of 5 stars At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul
MIDNIGHT finds Coffin Joe, a black-clad phantom of a gravedigger, terrorizing the denizens of a small town before being cursed by a gypsy woman whom he disrespects. Read more
Published on March 8, 2010 by Carl Manes
4.0 out of 5 stars Movie buff
Love the trilogy and the ideals. Set came in good condition but with a little worry.
Published on December 30, 2009 by David J. Pauly
3.0 out of 5 stars A few things you should know about 'At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul'
Although I'm not a huge horror fan, I recommend this to anyone who is. It was the first true horror film made in Brazil, and features a moaning, wind-howling, disturbing... Read more
Published on December 7, 2009
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