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Author Topic: The Coffin Joe Thread  (Read 8941 times)

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The Coffin Joe Thread
« on: August 23, 2013, 11:32:14 PM »

The character of Coffin Joe (roughly translated from the the native Zé do Caixão) is the brainchild of José Mojica Marins (born March 13, 1936), a Brazilian filmmaker, actor, screenwriter and television and media personality. Although Marins is known primarily as a horror film director, his earlier works were westerns, dramas and adventure films. In the 1980s he became a prominent exploitation film director, specializing in the 'pornochanchada' genre, which were softcore sex comedies popular in Brazil at that time.

Marins created the character of Zé in 1963 for the film At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul. As the character garnered notoriety, many more films were spawned and the Coffin Joe persona even appeared on television, in songs, music videos, and comic books. Marins became so relatable as the character he'd created, Coffin Joe became his alter ego.

Zé is personified on screen as an evil, amoral character who considers himself superior to others and exploits them to suit his purposes. He hates morality and superstition (which he includes religion as) to the point of obsession. His central belief is that (self) imposed superstitious beliefs tend to prevent individual development, and inhibit positive social change. Those who do not accept his central belief are considered to be weak, lack power, and are limited in their ability to rationalize objectively. Those who share with him similar beliefs are considered to have power and intelligence above the 'normal' person.

The primary theme of the character is his single-minded obsession with the "continuity of the blood"; he wants to sire the "superior" child from the "perfect woman." His idea of a "perfect woman" is not exactly physical but someone he regards intellectually superior to the Brazilian average, and in this quest he is willing to kill anyone who crosses his path.

Coffin Joe's trademark appearance is also another reason for the success of the films; as a character who invokes instant recognition amongst the films' fans. The black suit, cape and a top hat, along with hard, sallow features give the sense of mysticism and evil, although Zé's most notable features are his grotesquely long, curled fingernails, which Marins grew several inches long for the role, always wearing them in public in the style of the character.

Although rarely mentioned in the films, Coffin Joe's true name is Josefel Zanatas. Marins gave an explanation for the name in an interview for Portal Brasileiro de Cinema:

"I was thinking a name: Josefel: "fel" ("gall") for being bitter — and also Zanatas as a last name, because backward reads Satanas".

Marins goes onto state that the idea for the character came in a dream:

"In a dream saw a figure dragging me to a cemetery. Soon he left me in front of a headstone, there were two dates of my birth and my death. People at home were very frightened, called a priest because they thought I was possessed. I woke up screaming, and at that time decided to do a movie unlike anything I had done. He was born at that moment the character would become a legend: Coffin Joe. The character began to take shape in my mind and in my life. The cemetery gave me the name, completed the costume of Joe the cover of voodoo and black hat, which was the symbol of a classic brand of cigarettes. He would be a mortician."

Current films in the Coffin Joe series:

At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul (À Meia-Noite Levarei Sua Alma) (1963)





This Night I'll Possess Your Corpse (Esta Noite Encarnarei no Teu Cadáver) (1967)





The Strange World of Coffin Joe (O Estranho Mundo de Zé do Caixão) (1968)





Awakening of the Beast (O Ritual dos Sádicos) (1970)





The End of Man (Finis Hominis) (1971)





The Bloody Exorcism of Coffin Joe (O Exorcismo Negro) (1974)





The Strange Hostel of Naked Pleasures (A Estranha Hospedaria dos Prazeres) (1976)





Hellish Flesh (Inferno Carnal) (1977)





Hallucinations of a Deranged Mind (Delírios de um Anormal) (1978)





Perversion (Mundo-mercado do Sexo) (1979)





Embodiment of Evil (Encarnação do Demônio) (2008)





Aside from the first two and last films (which make up the 'Coffin Joe Trilogy'), the other films are more spin-offs than direct sequels in regards to the character and storylines.

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Re: The Coffin Joe Thread
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2013, 12:02:00 AM »
I saw At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul and it was excellent.  Great character and great movie.  Once I get over my Hammer kick I might check some of the others.

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Re: The Coffin Joe Thread
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2013, 12:29:42 AM »
Although the first two films are my clear favourites, there are a lot of interesting themes and ideas explored in the spin-offs, and I'd say most are worth your time, despite a few of them over-utilising flashback sequences from previous films to bulk out their run time.

I have the below set, which contains all the films barring Bloody Exorcism, Perversion, and Embodiment, and which is very good in terms of content. Unfortunately, some of the transfers are far from fantastic, but this is but a minor complaint against what is otherwise an excellent set.


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Re: The Coffin Joe Thread
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2013, 01:49:11 AM »





Your thread has piqued my interest...I will make some time to check these out. Will be able to add some full movies here as well so awesome!  8)

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Re: The Coffin Joe Thread
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2013, 05:01:09 AM »
You know, I haven't seen any of these although KING has talked about these films often to me. I do have Embodiment of Evil (Encarnação do Demônio) (2008). I should really look at these and see  if they're my style.

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Re: The Coffin Joe Thread
« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2013, 05:07:05 AM »
I'm shocked to my very core that you haven't seen any of these, my dear  ;)

I'd highly recommend abstaining from watching Embodiment of Evil until you've at least checked out At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul and This Night I'll Possess Your Corpse, though.

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Re: The Coffin Joe Thread
« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2013, 11:07:56 AM »





We have most of the movies here now so no need to go elsewhere to check them out : ) Oh and the ones I couldn't get I added either the trailer or the opening segment just to give a taste for them. Some have like 9 segments but felt this wasn't the place to add all of them here and if people were keen enough will just pop on Youtube for them...unless you want me to add them then it will be a pleasure to do so.

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Re: The Coffin Joe Thread
« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2013, 09:49:53 PM »
Don't forget guys we have pretty much the complete series here for your enjoyment...maybe people can keep an eye open for the ones we don't have, let one of the mods now and we will then add to the awesomeness of Blood's thread of Coffin Joe depravity!

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Re: The Coffin Joe Thread
« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2013, 11:40:23 PM »
You might be interested to know Blood that José Mojica Marins did a segment in the upcoming The Profane Exhibit http://extremehorrorcinema.com/index.php?topic=41.0

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Re: The Coffin Joe Thread
« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2013, 01:50:12 AM »
I plan to watch these this october
I Respect when someone has their own opinion, but you look like a fool when you just copy some one elses opinion. You know who you are.

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Re: The Coffin Joe Thread
« Reply #10 on: September 28, 2013, 01:56:00 AM »
You might be interested to know Blood that José Mojica Marins did a segment in the upcoming The Profane Exhibit http://extremehorrorcinema.com/index.php?topic=41.0

Thanks, Splat.

It's one on my watch list, but now you have engaged my attention towards this one even more.  :yes:

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Re: The Coffin Joe Thread
« Reply #11 on: September 28, 2013, 01:58:53 AM »
I plan to watch these this october

Hopefully you'll enjoy them.

As mentioned, the first two and the final film form a loose 'trilogy', so I'd suggest starting with those. Many of the other films are more spin-offs of the character and the central story.

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Re: The Coffin Joe Thread
« Reply #12 on: September 28, 2013, 02:00:03 AM »
Awesome Blood : )

I was re-doing the thread and thought I would do a link to each director on IMDb and noticed it.

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Re: The Coffin Joe Thread
« Reply #13 on: March 13, 2014, 03:41:22 AM »
I'm not very familiar with Coffin Joe, but I have his collection-box in my movie collection.
I'll get my thumb out of my ass one day and take a look at the entire film series.

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Re: The Coffin Joe Thread
« Reply #14 on: July 02, 2014, 11:19:24 PM »
I totally forgot we have almost all of the full films here damn!