Embodiment Of Evil (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
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This feature opens with a monologue about the perfect child being born in an imperfect womb, someone above God, but below Satan. Josef Zanatas (no backward masking there) is released from a mental asylum/prison after spending decades there for his bad acting and murderous deeds in those 60's films. He immediately has an entourage of followers and women who want to have his child, but can't seem to find the perfect, imperfect womb. He also has a child killer cop after him as well as the priest son of a man he killed. He is also troubled with visions of the people that he killed in previous features...which we watch in black and white.
This is a gory cult film, better then the ones from Mexico. Some of the torture scenes reminded me of something from "Hell Raiser" while others seemed inspired from "Blood Sucking Freaks." The film is in Portuguese with English subtitles. I watched the Blu-Ray version which exhibited above average cinematography for a "B" film. The blind old witches flashed me back Macbeth.
This is a macabre exploitation masterpiece for all the sick pups out there.
Perv Guide: F-bomb, sex, full frontal nudity, gruesome torture scenes.
After serving 40 years in the mental wing of the Sao Paulo State Penitentiary, Josefel Zanatas, Coffin Joe's birth name, is finally being released, not for good behavior, he killed nearly 30 men during his term there, but through an administrative decision, overcrowding and the financial burden of keeping him in solitary confinement. His re-emergence back into a society he loathes will be a simple one, as he is greeted by his faithful hunchbacked servant, Bruno, and they prowl the streets witnessing extreme poverty, prostitution, drug use, crooked cops killing kids they deem irredeemable and too young for prison, and a military so corrupt they torture innocents into confessions before doing away with them in the most heinous way possible; that is until Coffin Joe puts his agenda into play.
Upon the return to his lair, whose upkeep was Bruno's loyal labor of love all these years, Coffin Joe mutters, "Perfect", when in fact this place would make Dracula uncomfortable. The modern gothic creepiness of the surroundings and its accoutrements is sickeningly splendid.Read more ›
I THOUGHT IT WAS A SPOOF NOT TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY...
I MEAN ITS REALLY BAD...JUST STUPID !
I would compare "Embodiment of Evil" to Dario Argento's "Mother of Tears" for several reasons. Both are more modern looking films by classic directors. Both serve as a sort of homage to each respective director's prime. And both movies are pretty much insane. As a long-time Argento fan, I actually liked "Mother of Tears" a lot more than most. However in comparing these two films, I would say that Jose Mojica Marins' movie was more successful. While both make numerous and welcome references to characters and scenarios of the past films, Marins delves into a sort of meta-fictional territory by having Coffin Joe haunted by his former victims, who appear in black and white just as they were in the sixties films. Marins also imbues his new film with a greater sense of gravitas (despite the inherent silliness of the entire premise) than Argento. "Embodiment of Evil" feels like a logical progression in the series, whereas "Mother of Tears" feels almost like a parody of the classic "Suspiria" and "Inferno."
Marins also touches upon all the elements that made his earlier films great. There is shocking violence (much more intense than the previous films), crazy pseudo-philosophical ramblings, and trippy visuals.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First let me say that this is the 3rd film in a trilogy. The first is At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul (1964), second is This Night I'll Possess Your Corpse (1967) & finally... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Darkness
what a boring low budget stinker. I wouldn't recommend this even as a dollar rental. The main character was just plain ridiculous. What a waste of my time and money. Read morePublished 4 months ago by bbrockRailFan
Although the site of this very old character trying to couple with nubile and seemingly willing women is a horror in itself, the film is clever and very atmospheric. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Marcus55901
Coffin Joe fans can again experience more of his antisocial, evil plans in this larger budget with better special effects and faster paced sequel. Read morePublished 9 months ago by hongkongfilmfan
Weird little flick even by my standards. The juxtaposition between this frail looking old dude and what he does and how others revere him is so bizarre.. Read morePublished 12 months ago by John of Oshkosh
I love this film so much. And I knew it was going to be great. Although it does not carry the same mystique and soul of his first two films, it creates a completely new horrific... Read morePublished on May 30, 2013 by Doctor Mysterioso
This is a new movie to me, but I enjoyed it anyhow. I have watched it twice, and will again and again. Thanks.Published on May 7, 2013 by T. Payton
Released after 40 years of imprisonment, COFFIN JOE (Jose Mojica Marins), w/ the aid of his faithful henchman, Bruno, returns to his quest for immortality through an eeevil... Read morePublished on December 14, 2012 by Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein
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