I recently received a catalogue from Something Weird Video and they have a few
pages dedicated to Coffin Joe. They have a number of his films available on
into English for the first time with easy to read subtitles." They also
provide a brief history.
His real name is Jose Mojica Marins and was born in Sao Paolo, Brazil in 1929.
He became fascinated with horror films as a youngster, his father managed a
local movie theater, and
he started making films as a kid. He claims to have had a nightmare in which a
in black dragged him into an open grave. "Ze' de Caixo" was born. This name
"Joe of the Coffin" or Coffin Joe. Marins himself portrayed the gravedigger
who played a major role in many of his films. These films caused quite an
uproar in Brazil during the 60's and many were banned.
The last line of the article says "Cheaply-made and filled with amateurish
acting, these films
are unlike almost anything horror fans have ever experienced - genuinely creepy
and utterly fascinating." I have never seen one of Coffin Joe's films so I
can't say how fascinating they are,
but some of the titles are great! "This Night I Will Possess Your Corpse" and
"At Midnight I'll
Take Your Soul."
You can contact Something Weird Video at 206-361-3759 or P.O. Box 33664,
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