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At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul (1964)

À Meia Noite Levarei Sua Alma (original title)
A gravedigger prowls the city in search of a female to bear him a son.

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José Mojica Marins (story), José Mojica Marins (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
José Mojica Marins José Mojica Marins ... Zé do Caixão
Magda Mei Magda Mei ... Terezinha
Nivaldo Lima Nivaldo Lima ... Antônio
Valéria Vasquez Valéria Vasquez ... Lenita (as Valeria Vasquez)
Ilídio Martins Simões Ilídio Martins Simões ... Dr. Rodolfo (as Ilídio Martins)
Arildo Iruam Arildo Iruam
Genésio de Carvalho Genésio de Carvalho ... (as Genê Carvalho)
Vânia Rangel Vânia Rangel
Graveto Graveto
Robinson Aielo Robinson Aielo
Avelino Morais Avelino Morais
Luana Luana
Leandro Vieira Leandro Vieira
Antônio Marins Antônio Marins ... S. Francisco
Mário Lima Mário Lima
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Storyline

In a small town, the creepy and violent gravedigger Zé do Caixão is feared by the locals. Zé do Caixão lives with Lenita, who can not deliver a son to him. Obsessed to have a son, Zé do Caixão harasses Terezinha de Oliveira, who is the fiancée of his friend Antônio de Andrade, and kills Lenita with a spider simulating an accident. Then he drowns Antônio and rapes Terezinha expecting to have a baby with her. Terezinha commits suicide but does not accuse Zé do Caixão in his letter. When Dr. Rodolfo decides to request another autopsy of Antônio, Zé do Caixão burns him to death. The inspector Barretos can not prove that Zé do Caixão is the killer, but on the Day of the Dead, the local gypsy warns him that the dead will take his soul to hell. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Brazil

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

9 November 1964 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul See more »

Filming Locations:

São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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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Featured in Coffin Joe's Vision's of Terror (1994) See more »

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Truly twisted,surreal and hallucinatory masterpiece.
19 July 2003 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

Jose Mojica Marins "At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul" is the first horror film shot in Brazil.Coffin Joe(Ze Do Caixao)quickly became a kind of national hero and a star of screen and television.The plot is simple:Marins plays an unholy undertaker who terrorizes a small,religious and conservative Brazilian village.He scoffs at their religion and superstitions and threatens them physically as well.The film is truly atmospheric-there are skeletons,candles,bats,spiders etc.There is also plenty of mildly shocking violence to satisfy fans of grisly horror.Coffin Joe looks very creepy-he dresses in a black suit,black cloak,and black top hat.This wondefully mean and hateful character provided what,at the same time,was the most blasphemous,ugly and sinful motion picture the people of Brazil had ever experienced.So if you're a fan of Mario Bava's Gothic shockers give this film a look.10 out of 10.


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