After serving a forty-year prison term, Zé do Caixão (aka Coffin Joe) is finally released from the Mental Heath wing of the São Paulo State Penitentiary. Back on the streets, the sadistic undertaker is set upon fulfilling the goal which sent him to jail in the first place: find a woman who can give him the perfect child. Accompanied by his faithful servant, the humpbacked Bruno, Coffin Joe leaves behind a trail of horror and is haunted by ghostly visions and the spirits of his past victims. EMBODIMENT OF EVIL completes the so-called "Coffin Joe Trilogy" (of which AT MIDNIGHT I'LL TAKE YOUR SOUL and THIS NIGHT I'LL POSSESS YOUR CORPSE are a part). While it would be ideal to see those particular films first and though EMBODIMENT OF EVIL often references them, it is possible to follow the scant details of the plot without familiarity with the earlier films.
Cast & Crew
- Awards & Accolades
- Best International Film Nominee Fantasia International Film Festival 2009
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Having seen and enjoyed several of the Coffin Joe films of the 60's and 70's, I really looked forward to this one. Well worth the wait! Definitely not for the squeamish. In this era of SAW and HOSTEL, it was bound to get pretty graphic, and boy does it ever. However, the best thing about the film (besides Coffin Joe himself) is Marins' vivid imagination. Joe is no Freddy or Jason - he's a psychopathic killer, make no mistake, but he's also a flawed human being who actually shows signs of having a conscience. The sequences where he is haunted by the spirits of those he had done wrong in the past are very imaginatively and effectively done. It's also interesting to note that Joe is a true atheist - he believes neither in God nor the Devil (I've seen him described as a "devil worshipper" which is utterly laughable). It's these thoughtful touches that lift this and the other Coffin Joe films out of the rather tedious "slasher" realm into a different plane of existence. Highly recommended!
Amazing! A real horror gem!
bring on the early coffin joe's they're much better