Last month ARROW took you inside the mind of Coffin Joe. Anyone knows the cultural icon, anti-establishment statement, sadistic lord of carnival horror has a lot to say. February they will take us once again back in that mind.
With his iconic long fingernails, top hat and cape, Zé do Caixão (Coffin Joe) was the creation of Brazilian filmmaker José Mojica Marins, who wrote, directed and starred in a series of outrageous movies from 1964 to 2008.
Newly restored from the best available elements and packed with new and archival extras, Inside the Mind of Coffin Joe is a love letter to one of the great iconoclasts of horror, who forged his films in the face of military dictatorship and religious censorship to become Brazil’s national Boogeyman.
The rarely-seen When the Gods Fall Asleep continues the series’ blackly comic trajectory as our messianic cult figure sets out to right wrongs, expose corruption and end social unrest. The Strange Hostel of Naked Pleasures brings Zé do Caixão back to the screen as the proprietor of an isolated guest house where, on a dark and stormy night, an eclectic group of strangers seek shelter.
In Hellish Flesh, Dr George Medeiros is a brilliant scientist, but a neglectful husband whose wife takes a lover and plans to murder George for his fortune, but the doctor is only disfigured and returns with a plan for revenge! Meanwhile, in Hallucinations of a Deranged Mind, the colleagues of a psychiatric doctor driven to insanity by nightmare visions of Zé do Caixão enlist the character’s creator, José Mojica Marins, to convince the patient that Zé does not exist – but all is not as it seems!
Finally, in Embodiment of Evil, Marins returns to the role that made his name one last time, as Zé do Caixão emerges onto the streets of São Paulo in 2008, haunted by ghostly visions and the spirits of past victims, and still in pursuit of the woman who can give him the perfect child.
After 40 years in a cell for the mentally ill people, Coffin Joe is finally freed. Back on the streets, the sadistic gravedigger is set on fulfilling that for which he was imprisoned: find the woman who can give him the perfect child. During his wanderings through the city of São Paulo leaves behind a trail of horror as he faces unnatural laws and popular beliefs.
Dr. Jorge Medeiros is a weird scientist who does not have time for his beautiful wife Rachel and is always busy with his so-called experiences. She falls in love with Oliver, best friend of her husband, and soon after the two plan to kill Jorge and inherit his fortune. Benefiting from the distraction of her husband in the laboratory, Raquel throws acid on Jorge’s face, disfiguring it. As he recovers in the hospital, Raquel and Oliver spend all his money. After months in hospital, the beguiled husband comes back home, with a special plan for revenge in mind.
When The Gods Fall Asleep – 1972
The Strange Hostel of Naked Pleasures – 1976
Hellish Flesh – 1977
Hallucinations of a Deranged Mind – 1978
Embodiment of Evil – 2008
Back Inside The Mind of Coffin Joe debuts exclusively on ARROW on 19th February.
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