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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.


José Mojica Marins (story), Rubens Francisco Luchetti (screenplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Luiz Sérgio Person Luiz Sérgio Person ... (segment "O Fabricante de Bonecas") (as L. S. Person)
Vany Miller Vany Miller ... (segment "O Fabricante de Bonecas")
Mário Lima Mário Lima ... (segment "O Fabricante de Bonecas")
Verônica Krimann Verônica Krimann ... (segment "O Fabricante de Bonecas")
Rosalvo Caçador Rosalvo Caçador ... (segment "O Fabricante de Bonecas")
Paula Ramos Paula Ramos ... (segment "O Fabricante de Bonecas")
Tony Cardi Tony Cardi ... (segment "O Fabricante de Bonecas")
Esmeralda Ruchel Esmeralda Ruchel ... (segment "O Fabricante de Bonecas")
Messias de Melo Messias de Melo ... (segment "O Fabricante de Bonecas")
Leila de Oliveira Leila de Oliveira ... (segment "O Fabricante de Bonecas")
Jeff Ribeiro Jeff Ribeiro ... (segment "O Fabricante de Bonecas")
Abigail de Barros Abigail de Barros ... (segment "O Fabricante de Bonecas")
Carlos Campos Carlos Campos ... (segment "O Fabricante de Bonecas")
Nelita Aparecida Nelita Aparecida ... (segment "Ideologia")
Antônio Ravagnoli Antônio Ravagnoli ... (segment "O Fabricante de Bonecas") (as Antonio F. Ravagnolli)


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Release Date:

25 November 1968 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Strange World of Coffin Joe See more »

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Ibéria Filmes See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono | Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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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Bizarre Brazilian horror tale
12 September 2013 | by Gabriel TeixeiraSee all my reviews

I've always felt José Mojica Marins (aka Zé do Caixão, 'Coffin Joe') is somewhat of a pioneer in Brazilian cinema. Brazilian films tended, at the time, to be mere pornography (both hardcore and softcore), while now it tends to be too much 'engaged on social causes' rather than in the 'good entertainment' aspect of cinema (Brazilian romantic comedies are not GOOD entertainment).

'Strange World of Coffin Joe', as well as most of JMM's filmography, are an exception to those (which might be why he is often marginalized within Brazilian cinema): they are merely fun, eerie horror films entailing bizarre and creepy tales.

In here, we don't have Zé do Caixão appearing in character (unless you count the narration at the beginning). 'Strange World' is an anthology film, with three separate stories:

'O Fabricante de Bonecas' ('The Dollmaker') is about an old man, renowned for making dolls with impressively realistic eyes, and a group of burglars who try to steal his money and have their way with his beautiful daughters. It is an eerie and atmospheric horror tale, with a very predictable but fitting twist ending and full of eroticism that makes it a 'pleasant' watch.

'Tara' ('Fetish') is something that could easily pass off as an European drama: a tale of necrophilia about a man with a foot fetish who goes to a morgue after the now-dead woman he often fantasized about. It is pure depravity that is not far from a Pasolini film; to complete its 'artistic' aesthetic, it has no dialogue. The camera-work is good, but unless you want to see plot less perversion it should be avoidable.

'Ideologia' ('Ideology') is the only story JMM appears in (not as Zé, though). He plays a professor who, trying to prove that 'love' doesn't exist, imprisons a rival (who publicly argued this matter with him) and his wife and tortures them both to see how far their 'love' can endure in life-or-death situations. It has as much perversion as 'Tara', but not a meaningless one at that; the discussion is actually a very good one (done in JMM's trademark rhetoric of 'instinct vs reason') and the conclusion is good.

Overall, 2 out of the 3 stories are not only watchable but very fun and eerie tales. 'The Dollmaker' is the best horror-wise, but 'Ideology' manages to be one of the few 'torture porns' not to be mindless. The title song is also great if you understand what it's about.

For those not used to José Mojica Marins horror tales, though, his 'Coffin Joe' films are a better place to start with his filmography.

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