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9 November 1964 (Brazil) See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
José Mojica Marins ... Zé do Caixão
Magda Mei ... Terezinha
Nivaldo Lima ... Antônio
Valéria Vasquez ... Lenita (as Valeria Vasquez)
Ilídio Martins Simões ... Dr. Rodolfo (as Ilídio Martins)
Arildo Iruam
Genésio de Carvalho (as Genê Carvalho)
Vânia Rangel
Graveto
Robinson Aielo
Avelino Morais
Luana
Leandro Vieira
Antônio Marins ... S. Francisco
Mário Lima
Eurípedes da Silva (as Eurípides Silva)
Luiz Gonçalves
Carmen Marins ... D. Joana (as Carmem Marins)
Cícero Paulino
Waldomiro França
Cardoso
Jonny Grégio
José Vilar
Suzy Barros
Tomás Sebastião
Iko Galdine
Laura Duarte
Claudiana
Renato Melo
Almir Barbosa
Raul Malentaqui
Eucaris Moraes ... Velha Bruxa (as Eucaris de Morais)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Geraldo Bueno ... (uncredited)
Laurindo Luarelli ... Zé do Caixão (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
José Mojica Marins 
 
Writing credits
José Mojica Marins (story)

José Mojica Marins (screenplay)

Magda Mei 

Produced by
Arildo Iruam .... producer
Geraldo Martins Simões .... producer (as Geraldo Martins)
Ilídio Martins Simões .... producer (as Ilídio Martins)
 
Original Music by
Salatiel Coelho 
Herminio Giménez 
 
Cinematography by
Giorgio Attili 
 
Film Editing by
Luiz Elias 
 
Production Design by
José Vedovato 
 
Makeup Department
Gilberto Marques .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Nelson Gaspari .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ozualdo Ribeiro Candeias .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Genésio de Carvalho .... assistant production designer (as Genê Carvalho)
Luiz Gonçalves .... assistant production designer
Giovanni Lozanis .... assistant production designer
 
Sound Department
Antonio Smith Gomes .... sound
José Lopes .... foley artist (as Índio)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Oswaldo de Oliveira .... assistant camera (as Osvaldo de Oliveira)
Antônio de Souza .... gaffer
Waldomiro Reis .... electrician
José Saverie .... grip
 
Other crew
Waldomiro França .... script supervisor
Magda Mei .... script supervisor
 

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Also Known As:
"À Meia-Noite Levarei Sua Alma" - Brazil (original title)
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Brazil:84 min
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With the exception of two exterior scenes, the entire movie was shot inside a 600 square foot studio in São Paulo.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Zé do Caixão:What is life? It is the beginning of death. What is death? It is the end of life! What is existence? It is the continuity of blood. What is blood? It is the reason to exist!
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Edited into VBS Meets: Coffin Joe (2009) (V)See more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Dark Night of the Soul, 5 August 2008
Author: chaos-rampant from Greece

This is my first forray into the wonderful world of Coffin Joe, and having read about Marins and his films was still not enough to prepare me. Not because "At Midnight..." is a great film by any set of conventional standards; it's a low-budget affair and it looks like it. What really makes it compelling is how passionate it is in all its blackly surreal glory.

Coffin Joe (Ze Do Caixao) is the atheist, unscrupulous undertaker of a small, religious community somewhere in Brazil. This set-bound place is more of a (at times too) convenient playground for Marins to explore his dark fantasies than any sort of realistic community. Its inhabitants are mere props to be abused, scoffed and laughed at. A sizeable guy who dares to stand up to him gets whipped in the face. His sole preoccupation is to find a woman worthy to bear him a son and thus "continue his bloodline". Coffin Joe strides through this fictional (and perhaps symbolic in Marin's mind) world, mocking the superstitious villagers, defying god, Satan and the dead, sometimes all of them together in a matter of minutes.

If "At Midnight..." is set apart from every other horror movie of its time, it's because the morbid, macabre imagery (skulls, plastic bats, cobwebs, tarantulas; you know the drill) is undercut by a Nietzche-esquire atheism that bites. At times it's as if the whole movie serves as nothing more than Marins' soapbox, his way of venting against the conservative and religious. How much of what Coffin Joe declares in the film are meant to be serious is anyone's guess. However it's exactly the fact that it works so well on a camp level (like a blasphemous Ed Wood flick) that redeems the film from all heavy-handedness.

In that aspect, and as far as what one would expect from an early 60's horror movie, "At Midnight..." is both avant-garde in its own micro-budget, often crude but unashamedly enthusiastic way and surrealistic. Mandatory viewing for fans of cult movies and I hear the sequels are better which I'll have to see for myself.

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