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At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul (1963)

Cast: Josť Mojica Marins, Josť Mojica Marins
Director: Josť Mojica Marins, Josť Mojica Marins
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Fantoma
Genre: Foreign, Horror, Supernatural/Occult, Latin America, Brazil
Running Time: 81 min.
Languages: Portuguese
Subtitles: English
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This title is currently out of print.

Brazilian horror auteur Jose Mojica Marins both directs and stars in this hallucinogenic chiller (aka A Meia-Noite Levarei Sua Alma), playing a sadistic village undertaker named "Coffin Joe" who strikes fear into the hearts of pious townspeople through rape, mutilation and murder. Obsessed with continuing his bloodline by siring a child with his "ideal" woman, Joe first takes steps to eliminate his wife (with the help of a venomous tarantula), then sets his lecherous sights on his friend's gypsy fiancee. The horrid crimes that follow bring down the wrath of a gypsy curse, which comes to pass during a village celebration on November 2 -- the Day of the Dead. This is widely regarded to be the first horror film produced in Brazil. ~ Cavett Binion, All Movie Guide

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tribute to a bad man by cammelltoe December 11, 2006 - 1:06 PM PST
goth atheistic undertaker coffin joe terrorizes the timid town folk in his quest to continue his bloodline and prove the non-exsistence of god. "at midnight I'll take your soul" is a catalogue of the dastardly deeds he perpetuates, starting with eating lamb on a holy day and stretching to unnecessary eye-gouging. The whole enterprise is somewhat scupered by clunky direction (which could be a result of a hasty shooting schedule as much as hackneyed helming)but is still worth watching for it's single-minded, belligerent donkeypunching of social convention and dapper '60's stylings. Presumably a box-office blockbuster in it's native Brazil upon initial release.

Wow, this defines "stylistic" horror! by PDull April 9, 2005 - 9:06 AM PDT
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
This may not be the greatest movie in the world, but if you're into style, you don't get much better than Coffin Joe, the cape 'n' top hat wearin' villain in this Brazilian horror show. The first 10 minutes are incredibly memorable, and worth the rent alone. The remaining hour or so is Coffin Joe a'killin and a'maimin', and then getting cursed by a witch he crossed along the way. Very cool low budget scary flick!

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