A few years ago I rented a number of "Coffin Joe" films, which at the time were available from "Something Weird." I went looking for them on Something Weird's website recently and couldn't find them. They're wild movies -- mostly black and white, but very graphic. Turns out IFC is about to show several of them on its new show, "Grindhouse," starting this weekend. The first one, "At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul Away," was one of the ones I saw and is well worth checking out. Here are some details:
Coffin Joe: At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul
Jan. 12 at midnight ET
The first of the Coffin Joe films introduces the titlular top hat-sporting Brazilian horror icon, a sadistic undertaker obsessed with finding the "ideal" woman to bear his child.
1963 81 min. Director: JosT Mojica Marins
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.