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At Midnight, I'll Take Your Soul
     

At Midnight, I'll Take Your Soul

Cast: José Mojica Marins, Magda Mei, Nivaldo Lima, Valéria Vasquez

 

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Brazilian horror auteur Jose Mojica Marins both directs and stars in this hallucinogenic chiller (aka A Meia-Noite Levarei Sua Alma), playing a sadistic village undertaker named "Coffin Joe" who strikes fear into the hearts of pious townspeople through rape, mutilation and murder. Obsessed with continuing his bloodline by siring a child with his "ideal" woman,

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Brazilian horror auteur Jose Mojica Marins both directs and stars in this hallucinogenic chiller (aka A Meia-Noite Levarei Sua Alma), playing a sadistic village undertaker named "Coffin Joe" who strikes fear into the hearts of pious townspeople through rape, mutilation and murder. Obsessed with continuing his bloodline by siring a child with his "ideal" woman, Joe first takes steps to eliminate his wife (with the help of a venomous tarantula), then sets his lecherous sights on his friend's gypsy fiancee. The horrid crimes that follow bring down the wrath of a gypsy curse, which comes to pass during a village celebration on November 2 -- the Day of the Dead. This is widely regarded to be the first horror film produced in Brazil.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Bearing all the defining characteristics of a traditional horror film, including the trademarked darkened cemeteries and ominously cloaked object of dread, Jose Mojica Marin's At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul is more a character study in unabashed nihilism than your typical graveyard scare-fest. Scraping together funding through whatever means necessary (including generous loans from his mother and father, who appear in cameos), working against the odds of having a full crew or any notable locations in which to shot, and procuring a limited and ever-dwindling supply of film-stock, Marin's film remains a remarkable exercise in resourceful filmmaking even before considering that something of such audacity and with such blatant disregard for conventional morals had been attempted at the time it was made. Marin's blasphemous anti-hero Ze do Caixao (translated: Coffin Joe) disregards his fellow villager's religious convictions with hedonistic abandon, laughing in the face of deep-rooted virtues after returning numbed from the Godless horrors of WWII. Coffin Joe's Nietzsche-esque rants and threatening tirades alienate him from the other citizens of his small village who live in constant fear that they will be the next to fall victim to the man who has no beliefs. As much as the film revels in the sacrilegious exploits of its title character, it ultimately serves as a cautionary tale in the vein of a hybrid The Twilight Zone/Tales From the Crypt.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/31/2017
UPC:
0654930319192
Original Release:
1964
Rating:
NR
Source:
Synapse Films
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:22:00
Sales rank:
12,240

Special Features

35mm negative scan supervised by Director Jose Mojica Marins The Making of Midnight I'll Take Your Soul (10 Mins) Jose Mojica Marins discusses his short film, Reino Sangrento (1952) (9 mins) Interview with Jose Mojica Marins (6 mins) New scene filmed in 2002 Introduction to the film by Coffin Joe Original theatrical trailer and rare promotional trailer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- At Midnight, I'll Take Your Soul
1. Graveside [6:30]
2. Homecoming [6:10]
3. Bar Fight [7:56]
4. Spider [7:06]
5. Fortune Teller [8:38]
6. Funeral [4:05]
7. Special Delivery [8:29]
8. Confrontation [4:06]
9. Voices [5:48]
10. Evening Walk [9:09]
11. The Woods [6:41]
12. The Cemetery [7:15]

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