Saturday, June 11, 2011

Coffin Joe

During the 1960’s and 70’s, Brazil’s foremost boogieman was Zé do Caixão, or as we know him in the English speaking world, the dreaded Coffin Joe

Much like Freddy Kruger 20 years later, Coffin Joe lives in the world of dreams and in his hunt for the perfect woman to mate with, Joe maims, tortures, eviscerates and sexually abuses dozens of nubile Brazilin beauties.

Last night on the IFC channel I caught a showing of 1978’s Delírios de um Anormal, or Hallucinations of a Deranged Mind

A lovely little film made up of numerous scenes from previous Coffin Joe films that had been censored from the original releases, all spliced together with about a half hour of new material, that was an amazingly little psychedelic trip through the circles of Hell.

Here is a link to a sample of the total exploitation weirdness.

Hallucinations of a Deranged Mind

Strict Warning: This link goes to material with nudity and some fairly strange stuff. 

Don’t say I didn’t warn you

This was an amazing film and easily the oddest exploitation film I’ve ever seen. Directed, written produced and starring as Coffin Joe, Jose Mojica Marins is a one man horror movie making machine.

While there are definite similarities to the kind of low budget gore films being made at the same time in the US by Hershel Gordon Lewis, Marins having the much less limitations on nudity than his American counterparts, has a much heavier and I have to say disturbing sexual twist to his work.

But it’s all just so cheesy, with women in their underwear being thrown into pits by men in their BVD’s and wearing ape masks. Bodies growing together into literal writhing, cancerous masses, lots of bondage and heads and other body parts flying all over the place.

And cannibalism, lots and lots of cannibalism, some of it enough to even give Romero a run for his money.

So take my word for it, this movie is complete and total Trash. But by God, its effective trash, that’s creepy, cheesy, inappropriate, and just plain wrong enough to be worth watching at least for a few minutes.

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