Embodiment of Evil (2008)
"Encarnação do Demônio" (original title)

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The gravedigger Zé do Caixão continues his search for the perfect woman to bear his son.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
José Mojica Marins ...
Jece Valadão ...
Coronel Claudiomiro Pontes
Adriano Stuart ...
Capitão Oswaldo Pontes
Padre Eugênio
Rui Resende ...
Bruno (as Rui Rezende)
José Celso Martinez Corrêa ...
Cristina Aché ...
Lucy Pontes
Helena Ignez ...
Débora Muniz ...
Thaís Simi ...
Cleo de Paris ...
Dra. Hilda (as Cléo De Páris)
Nara Sakarê ...
Giulio Lopes ...
Eduardo Chagas ...
Luís Melo ...
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After forty years in prison, the evil gravedigger Josefel Zanatas a.k.a. Zé do Caixão is released by the lawyer Lucy Pontes in accordance with Brazilian Laws. He moves to the slums with his followers that worship him, and he seeks out the perfect woman to bear his children while haunted by the ghosts of his victims. The vigilante brothers Captain Osvaldo Pontes and his brother Coronel Claudiomiro from the Military Police chase Zé do Caixão in the slums to kill him and they find a track of tortured and mutilated bodies. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Coffin Joe is back... and he ain't mellowed with age.
11 May 2011 | by (Dublin, Ireland) – See all my reviews

Pyschopathic grave digger coffin Joe is finally released (or is it unleashed?) after serving 40 years in prison, where he is greeted by his fawning hunchbacked minion Bruno. Now, you'd think that serving 40 years in a Brazilian prison would break a man's spirit. Not Coffin Joe. For as we all know, The Embodiment Of Evil that is Coffin Joe is no ordinary man. So, he's barely out of chokey, and he's securing himself a lair, yet more minions, and unleashing havoc on contemporary Brazil, as he continues his quest to secure for him a woman who will spawn his perfect son. However, there's other factors at play, such as haunting visions from his past not to mention the children of Joe's previous victims, as well as surviving ones, keen to exact revenge forty years later. Will they succeed? Or will Coffin Joe finally triumph in his hellish vision?

Embodiment Of Evil is an awesome contemporary exploitation horror and a very welcome return to form for director Jose Marins. Throwing in everything but the kitchen sink in terms of content, with some jaw dropping set piece torture sequences, some of them conducted for real, using body performance artists, it cheerfully pushes the exploitative envelope and delivers in spades for any fan. Marin, despite being in his 70s by now, could certainly teach these young whippersnapper directors such as Rob Zombie or Eli Roth a thing or two about real exploitation, and Embodiment of Evil is a contemporary Coffin Joe gem. It holds its sub plot elements together surprisingly well, and the viewer is still treated to Joe's iconic camp rants against God, the Church and The State in general. There's even some brief social commentary thrown in for good measure.

8.5/10, rounded off to 8 by IMDb, it's well recommended for Coffin Joe fans, and fans of lurid exploitative horror in general.

Welcome back Joe... You've been away far too long amigo.

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