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Interview with Raymond Castile – Young Coffin Joe in Embodiment Of Evil

A Strange Night With Coffin Joe takes place Sunday October 9th at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium (470 E. Lockwood Ave.) beginning at 7:30pm. The event will consist of a double-bill of This Night I Will Possess Your Corpse (1967) and Embodiment Of Evil (2008). There will be an appearance by Raymond Castile, who played the young Coffin Joe in Embodiment Of Evil

The Webster University Film Series is going to honor José Mojica Marins with ‘A Strange Night With Coffin Joe’ which takes place Sunday, October 9th beginning at 7:30pm at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium (470 E. Lockwood Ave.) The event will consist of a double-bill of This Night I Will Possess Your Corpse (1967) and Embodiment Of Evil (2008). This will be the first time these films have been officially screened back to back in the United States. Though made over 40 years apart, the first film directly leads into the second.
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A Strange Night With Coffin Joe October 9th at Webster University

A Strange Night With Coffin Joe takes place Sunday October 9th at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium (470 E. Lockwood Ave.) beginning at 7:30pm. The event will consist of a double-bill of This Night I Will Possess Your Corpse (1967) and Embodiment Of Evil (2008). There will be an appearance by Raymond Castile, who played the young Coffin Joe in Embodiment Of Evil

Unholy undertaker, evil philosopher, denizen of dreams and hallucinations, Coffin Joe, with his trademark top hat, black cape, and long talon-like fingernails is a horror icon in his native Brazil. Revered as a national boogeyman, Coffin Joe has been immortalized in films, TV shows, radio programs, and comic books. He is the creation of writer-director-star Jose Mojica Marins, whose perversely original and strangely personal filmmaking style has been compared to an unholy blend of Mario Bava, Luis Bunuel, and Russ Meyer.

Jose Mojica Marins took Brazil by storm with
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The Aesthetics of Garbage, Part 2

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The Aesthetics of Garbage, Part 1 can be found here.

Above: O insigne ficante (The Inisg Nificant, 1980).

“Make films to occupy run down, low class theatres and be subsequently forgotten” —Rogério  Sganzerla

One of the quintessential traits of Cinema Novo was the firm rejection of anything Hollywood; films like The Red Light Bandit and O pornógrafo (The Ponographer, 1970) by João Callegaro on the contrary, eagerly cannibalized popular American culture. Cultural appropriation is manifest throughout Callegaro's film, which openly references noir flicks whose aesthetic codes and conventions are borrowed and subverted by the director. While retaining an unmistakable Brazilian flavour these films openly boast their spoofy hybridism, combining high and low culture at a time when the term post-modernism had yet to be coined. True inheritors of Oswald De Andrade’s Anthropophagic Manifesto, these were metropolitan indians suffocated by the orthodox traditionalism of the left on one side and by an increasingly oppressive regime on the other.
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Win Tickets to Film Society of Lincoln Center's Coffin Joe Triple Feature

The Film Society of Lincoln Center is hosting a Brazilian horror festival entitled "Death Dealer: Introducing Coffin Joe, Brazil’s Horror Superstar" and has joined forces with Dread Central to provide two lucky winners with a pair of tickets each to the January 23rd screenings of At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul, This Night I’ll Possess Your Corpse, and Awakening of the Beast.

That's right -- Two winners each get to take a friend to a Zé do Caixao (aka Coffin Joe) triple feature straight from hell! Just please make sure you're free to attend all three screenings before entering; showtimes are as follows:

At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul - Saturday, January 23: 12:30 pm

This Night I’ll Possess Your Corpse - Saturday, January 23: 2:15 pm

Awakening of the Beast - Saturday, January 23: 4:30 pm

To enter, send an E-mail Here that includes your Full Name And Address,
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The Coffin Joe Collection (DVD Review)

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That the image of Coffin Joe – with his black beard, hat and cape; single, undulating eyebrow; and curling, claw-like fingernails – does not cause crackles of recognition and revulsion in cinemagoers everywhere in the world is something between a shame and a travesty. His off-screen alter ego, José Mojica Marins, is a trailblazer of Brazilian popular culture and a pitiless master of extreme cinema but, in some countries, his work has gone all but unseen. Now, for the first time, his Coffin Joe classics have been released in Great Britain – and they are a terrifying test for anyone who feels they can withstand whatever a horror film can inflict.

Aside from the expected mutilations, murders, massacres and dismemberments, these films feature: blasphemy, rape, necrophilia and drug abuse; eye surgery, suicide and Satanism; sadomasochistic sex, cannibalism (of the dead and still living) and a scene in which a man is spoon fed molten metal.
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Fantasia '09: Coffin Joe honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award

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Legendary Brazilian filmmaker Jose Mojica Marins - aka Coffin Joe - was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award on Saturday July 25th 2009, at the Fantasia Film Festival's Canadian Premiere of his latest film, Embodiment Of Evil, co-written by festival alumnus Dennison Ramalho (Love For Mother Only).The award was a gold-plated Lovecraftian statue made by Montreal artist Rick Trembles (Motion Picture Purgatory), and Marins arrived on stage in a coffin!

Embodiment Of Evil is the long-awaited third installment in the 'Coffin Joe Trilogy', its predecessors being At Midnight I Take Your Soul (1964) and This Night I Will Possess Your Corpse (1967). This gets confusing when one considers that The Strange World Of Coffin Joe (1968) does not contain the titular gravedigger as a character in the film, while other Marins films - such as Awakening Of The Beast (1970) and The Bloody Exorcism Of Coffin Joe (1974) do have plots involving the character,
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Exclusive: Embodiment of Evil Premiere Report!

Heaven and Coffin Joe do not mix. But if there is a heaven for Coffin Joe fans, I just experienced it.

I was privileged to attend the premiere of Encarnação do Demônio (The Embodiment of Evil), August 5 in São Paulo, Brazil.

This was my first movie premiere. What an amazing experience – hundreds of people, lots of TV and magazine reporters, paparazzi, cameras flashing in my face. Best of all, I got to share it with my cinematic hero, José Mojica Marins, and my friend, Dennison Ramalho.

I play “Young Coffin Joe” in a pivotal flashback sequence linking the new film with This Night I Will Possess Your Corpse (1967), the second film in the “Coffin Joe Trilogy.” The series began with At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul (1964) and concludes now with Embodiment.

At the climax of This Night, angry villagers chase Coffin Joe into a swamp. As he sinks beneath the water,
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