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O Estranho Mundo de Zé do Caixão (1968)

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Three episodes: A dollmaker whose dolls are eerily human, a tale of necrophilia, and a doctor proves love is dead.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Luís Sérgio Person ...
(segment "O Fabricante de Bonecas") (as L. S. Person)
Vany Miller ...
(segment "O Fabricante de Bonecas")
Mário Lima ...
(segment "O Fabricante de Bonecas")
Verônica Krimann ...
(segment "O Fabricante de Bonecas")
Rosalvo Caçador ...
(segment "O Fabricante de Bonecas")
Paula Ramos ...
(segment "O Fabricante de Bonecas")
Tony Cardi ...
(segment "O Fabricante de Bonecas")
Esmeralda Ruchel ...
(segment "O Fabricante de Bonecas")
Messias de Melo ...
(segment "O Fabricante de Bonecas")
Leila de Oliveira ...
(segment "O Fabricante de Bonecas")
Jeff Ribeiro ...
(segment "O Fabricante de Bonecas")
Abigail de Barros ...
(segment "O Fabricante de Bonecas")
Carlos Campos ...
(segment "O Fabricante de Bonecas")
Nelita Aparecida ...
(segment "Ideologia")
Antônio Ravagnoli ...
(segment "O Fabricante de Bonecas") (as Antonio F. Ravagnolli)
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"O Estranho Mundo de Zé do Caixão" is a collection of three creepy and bizarre horror tales. "O Fabricante de Bonecas" ("The Dollmaker"): In Pirituba, Master Bastos is a respectable doll maker that lives with his four daughters in a remote area manufacturing dolls with impressive eyes. When four criminals break in his house to rob his money and rape his daughters, they learn why the doll's eyes are so realistic. "Tara" ("Perversion"): A poor balloon seller has a crush on a young woman and stalks her. On her wedding day, the woman is stabbed in front of the church by another woman and dies. After her funeral, the man breaks in her crypt and spends the night with her to satisfy his obsession. "Ideologia" ("Ideology"): After a debate on a TV show with the journalist Alfredo about the nonexistence of love, Professor Oaxiac Odez invites Alfredo and his wife Wilma to visit him. Professor Odez offers to prove to Alfredo that the instinct prevails over reason, and brings the couple to the ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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25 November 1968 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Strange World of Coffin Joe  »

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In the segment "The Dollmaker", the shooting takes place under the image and the subtitle "Sagrados Corações de Jesus e Maria Avençoem Esta Casa" [the holy hearts of Jesus and Mary bless this home]. See more »

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Featured in Hallucinations of a Deranged Mind (1978) See more »

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Zé do Caixão
(musical theme)
Written by José Mojica Marins
Played by Titulares do Ritmo, and
Sung by Edson Lopes
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A mixed bag of stories from Coffin Joe...
6 September 2006 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

For his third film, José Mojica Marins a.k.a. Coffin Joe opted to do an omnibus style trio of horror tales, and it's a mixed bag. The title of the film is very apt, as Coffin Joe proved with his first two films that his 'world' is indeed very strange, and this film builds on that although none of the stories here follow the same plot thread as the other two and all of these tales stand alone - which is good news if you haven't seen the first two films, although you really should. Overall, this film isn't nearly as good as the earlier efforts; but it still offers a lot for the cult fan. The first tale revolves around a doll maker and a bunch of thieves who start out to rob him and end up finding out how the eyes in his dolls look so realistic (no prizes for guessing how). The second story is the weirdest and least good, and revolves around the ever-popular theme of necrophilia - and the final tale is an exploitation themed sick-fest in which the director takes the lead role. The plot revolves around his theories which relate to instinct and reason, and a journalist who is interested in seeing evidence.

Coffin Joe's directorial style is very flamboyant, and that's really what makes his films good. The themes on display have been copied often since the release of this film, and while I'm not sure if the films that went on to use the same ideas actually took influence from this one - it does have to be said that Coffin Joe's films are ahead of their time, especially considering that they hail from Brazil - a country not especially known for great films. As I mentioned, the trio of tales are a mixed bag and it comes as something of a disappointment that the first story is the best. There's a depressing tone that runs throughout the movie, and that is certainly felt in the first story - although not necessarily as much as in the others. The second story is definitely the least interesting, although the implications and atmosphere surrounding the story are well used. The third and final story will appeal most to exploitation fans, and is the most like the director's first two movies. Coffin Joe stars in this story in a role not too far removed from his trademark character. Overall, I wasn't overly impressed with this film - but the trippy and hypnotic atmosphere is a treat, and I'm sure fans of Coffin Joe will get a kick out of it.


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