4.5 / 5 Jul '11
Directed by: José Mojica Marins
Written by: José Mojica Marins, Aldenora De Sa Porto
Actors include: José Mojica Marins, Nadia Freitas, Tina Wohlers
Length: 108 minutes
I completely adore the Coffin Joe series, who woulda thought that some of the coolest and cruelest horror would come from Brazil in the '60s? If you aren't familiar with Coffin Joe, he's a philosophizing Undertaker with long fingernails and contempt for human life. I most definitely believe that he was the inspiration for Freddy Krueger in so many ways, down to the sharp wit and bitingly hilarious sayings. So the first installment A Meia Noite eu Levarei Sua Alma [At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul] was brilliant but I think this (the second in the series) may trump it just slightly. It picks up right where the first one left off with Coffin Joe desperate to bear a Son. The thing is, for a perfect offspring he needs to find a Lass who isn't afraid of him or his sadism. He goes around town kidnapping Women to test them with things like snakes and spiders to see who's fit to be his mate. One of these Women put a curse on him that he will never sire a Son. Things change when he actually comes across a suitable Girl who really seems to be diggin' his evil nature. Anyhow I don't want to give too much more away but it's so wonderful, really a perfect Halloween movie. It's shot in black and white, and there is one heck of a memorable scene that takes place in hell with psychedelic hell and mass suffering, it's so very cool. Really this is very violent for the time, and so gosh darned entertaining. If you don't know Coffin Joe yet then you are missing out, just give it a try you will not be disappointed.
Availability: on DVD