The Coffin Joe trilogy has to be perhaps my favorite DVD box set of all time. Here we have a splendid example of Foreign/Horror cinema at it's all-time best in one box WITH a reasonable price. This is enough to make anyone scream for joy! I love every sick, repulsive moment of the Coffin Joe trilogy & recommend to any serious collector of great films.
Here we have atmosphere galore, attractive women, and a thoroughly disgusting but original character who rivals any psychopath or monster we've ever seen in American films. While the films at times may remind one of Vincent Price or perhaps even Russ Meyer (further into his film making), Marins was way ahead of his time and the world has yet to experience the spookiest villain ever to grace black and white film. Not to mention the pyschedelic color which is truly ghastly in every sense of the word
In At Midnight, I'll Take Your Soul, we find an evil & unholy undertaker terrorizing his hometown in search of an atheist woman to carry his child. It's clearly evident that Coffin Joe will stop at nothing to get what we wants & the devil takes the hindmost. No pun intended here folks. Considered quite controversial for it's time, the film was successful in Marins' native country nevertheless.
The second film is nearly twice as horrifying and will leave scratching your head or your skin long after you've ejected the disc from your player. Coffin Joe returns in the second film still seeking the perfect atheistic woman to carry his child. Perhaps fate has smiled on Zao Du Caixo because he meets a woman in this film who shares similar philosophical beliefs and does wish to carry his child. Or does she? To add yet another great surprise, our fiendish friend takes a trip into hell where we really see how the other half lives. Or does he? I'm not telling.
In the third film, Marins gives us a distorted but thoroughly artistic vision of people and their strange vices or sick obsessions. Through a series of vignettes, we are mortified while Marins' story unfolds & takes us on a wild trip. It's almost like taking acid trip as well while watching this one. Surprisngly enough, this one is said to be his masterpiece but has never been played in theatres anywhere to this very day. Sad, sad story indeed.
Thank God for DVD and Fantoma. Don't bother with purchasing each individual title separetely as you will end up spending way too much money. Go ahead and purchase the box set as I know you'll be glad you did. No one in the world will ever have the same effect on you as Zao Du Caixo. Also, this is a limited edition Coffin box set so get it while you still can. Unpleasant dreams, my friends. Hahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!
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