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O Estranho Mundo de Zé do Caixão (1968)

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)  »

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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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Referenced in Person (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Zé do Caixão
(musical theme)
Written by José Mojica Marins
Played by Titulares do Ritmo, and
Sung by Edson Lopes
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sophisticated and creepy
30 October 2000 | by (Kasparhauser, NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

Jose Mojica Marins, known as Coffin Joe in the English-speaking world, likely had no model for his style of film; there really was no Brazilian horror scene before him, and little since. This film, a series of three vignettes depicting human depravity, gore and unexpected moments of pathos, is reminiscent of Herschell Gordon Lewis, though a good deal less camp. Some of the cinematography and shot-framing is worthy of Bergman or Polanski ca. REPULSION. Done in crisp B&W, the film also has excellent music (which at times inappropriately overstates itself!), including a theme which celebrates the glory of the man Coffin Joe. This theme, like the rest of the film, may inspire chuckles, but definitely chills as well. Can't wait to see more!


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