One of horror’s most orig­i­nal and cre­ative fig­ures, Brazil’s José  “Coffin Joe” Mojica Marins has made a mas­sive impact on film­mak­ers for decades, with his leg­endary “Coffin Joe” tril­o­gy con­sid­ered by many to be among the most night­mare-induc­ing hor­ror films ever made.  This January, Synapse Films is proud to present the tril­o­gy – AT MIDNIGHT I’LL TAKE YOUR SOUL, THIS NIGHT I’LL POSSESS YOUR CORPSE and EMBODIMENT OF EVIL – on remas­tered DVD com­plete with new spe­cial fea­tures for a new gen­er­a­tion of fans and admir­ers!

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AT MIDNIGHT I’LL TAKE YOUR SOUL (1964)
Coffin Joe makes his film debut in AT MIDNIGHT I’LL TAKE YOUR SOUL (À Meia-Noite Levarei Sua Alma), the first install­ment of the “Coffin Joe Trilogy.”

Coffin Joe (known as Zé do Caixão, and por­trayed by direc­tor José Mojica Marins) is a mys­te­ri­ous under­tak­er in a small Brazilian town. He frowns upon reli­gion and is bit­ter because his wife can­not bear him a child. After vio­lent­ly killing his wife with a ven­omous spi­der, the mur­der, muti­la­tion and blas­phe­my esca­lates as Joe stops at noth­ing to find a new wom­an to con­tin­ue his evil blood­line. The town’s gyp­sy has a warn­ing for Coffin Joe… the spir­its of those he killed may return to claim his soul! Will Coffin Joe escape the wrath of the dead and final­ly get the child he’s always want­ed, or will unholy ter­ror claim him for his hideous crimes?

AT MIDNIGHT I’LL TAKE YOUR SOUL is cel­e­brat­ed as the first true hor­ror film ever made in Brazil and is extreme­ly graph­ic and fright­en­ing for its time. Startling, atmos­pher­ic and incred­i­bly grue­some, this film is fol­lowed by THIS NIGHT I’LL POSSESS YOUR CORPSE and EMBODIMENT OF EVIL (all avail­able from Synapse Films).

SPECIAL FEATURES:
• The Making of AT MIDNIGHT I’LL TAKE YOUR SOUL (10 mins.)
• José Mojica Marins dis­cuss­es his short film, REINO SANGRENTO (1952) (9 mins.)
• Interview with José Mojica Marins (6 mins.)
• New scene filmed in 2002
• Introduction to the film by Coffin Joe
• Original the­atri­cal trail­er and rare pro­mo­tion­al trail­er

VIDEO: Full-Frame (1.33:1) Presentation of the Original 35mm Negative
Scan / NTSC
AUDIO: Dolby Digital Portuguese 2.0 Mono  • SUBTITLES: English
(Optional)
Catalog # SFD0168 • UPC 654930319192 • Region 1 • Retail: 19.95

THIS NIGHT I’LL POSSESS YOUR CORPSE (1967)

This sequel to the ground-break­ing Brazilian hor­ror mas­ter­piece, AT MIDNIGHT I’LL TAKE YOUR SOUL brings back the dement­ed mur­der­ous care­tak­er, Coffin Joe (known as Zé do Caixão, and por­trayed by direc­tor José Mojica Marins).

Surviving the ter­rors of the first film, Coffin Joe is now joined by a hunch­backed assis­tant named Bruno to help him on his unholy quest for the per­fect bride. After kid­nap­ping and tor­tur­ing wom­en and sub­mit­ting them to sadis­tic tri­als, Joe thinks he’s final­ly found the right wom­an to bear him a child. Unfortunately, things don’t go as planned and Joe suf­fers hor­ri­ble night­mares from killing a preg­nant wom­an. What fol­lows is a hal­lu­ci­na­to­ry descent into the Hellish under­world as Joe strug­gles to sur­vive his blas­phe­mous visions and the wrath of the local vil­lagers.

THIS NIGHT I’LL POSSESS YOUR CORPSE is even more bru­tal than its pre­de­ces­sor, and con­tains the con­tro­ver­sial col­or “Hell” sequence. This film is the sec­ond install­ment in the “Coffin Joe Trilogy,” and is fol­lowed by EMBODIMENT OF EVIL (also avail­able from Synapse Films).

SPECIAL FEATURES:
• 35mm neg­a­tive scan super­vised by direc­tor José Mojica Marins
• The Making of THIS NIGHT I’LL POSSESS YOUR CORPSE (8 mins.)
• A vis­it to the Coffin Joe Museum (5 mins.)
• The Universe of Mojica Marins – Vintage Featurette (25 mins.)
• Interview with José Mojica Marins (8 mins.)
• Original the­atri­cal trail­er
• Photo gallery

NOT RATED • 1967 • 109 Minutes • B&W (with col­or “hell” sequence)
VIDEO: Full-Frame (1.33:1) Presentation of the Original 35mm Negative
Scan / NTSC
AUDIO: Dolby Digital Portuguese 2.0 Mono  • SUBTITLES: English
(Optional)
Catalog # SFD0169  • UPC  654930319291 • Region 1 • Retail: 19.95

THE COFFIN JOE TRILOGY
Unholy under­tak­er, sin­ful savant, denizen of dreams and hal­lu­ci­na­tions… Coffin Joe, with his trade­mark top hat, black cape and long talon-like fin­ger­nails, is a hor­ror leg­end across the world. Portrayed by pro­lific Brazilian direc­tor José Mojica Marins, “Coffin Joe” has been immor­tal­ized in films, TV pro­grams, comic books and pop­u­lar songs. Marins has a strange­ly per­son­al film­mak­ing style that can only be com­pared to an unholy blend of Russ Meyer, Mario Bava and Luis Buñuel. Synapse Films is proud to present “The Coffin Joe Trilogy,” a three film DVD col­lec­tion con­tain­ing AT MIDNIGHT I’LL TAKE YOUR SOUL, THIS NIGHT I’LL POSSESS YOUR CORPSE and EMBODIMENT OF EVIL. This tril­o­gy of films con­tains the clas­sic sto­ry of Coffin Joe’s descent into mad­ness and vio­lence as he mur­ders and tor­tures men and wom­en in his unholy quest to find the per­fect bride.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
• Contains all spe­cial fea­tures from the sin­gle disc releas­es, as well as addi­tion­al spe­cial fea­tures for EMBODIMENT OF EVIL, includ­ing a “Making of” fea­turet­te, Theatrical trail­er, and footage from the Fantasia Film Festival pre­mière. (25 mins.)

The Coffin Joe Trilogy: 285 Minutes • B&W/Color
Embodiment of Evil: NOT RATED • 2008 • 94 Minutes • Color
VIDEO: Anamorphic (1.85:1) Widescreen Presentation / NTSC
AUDIO: Dolby Digital Portuguese 5.1 Surround / Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
SUBTITLES: English (Optional)
Catalog # SFD0170  • UPC 654930319390 • Retail: $39.95

SPECIAL BONUS OFFER TO THOSE THAT PURCHASE THE SYNAPSE FILMS VERSIONS OF “AT MIDNIGHT I’LL TAKE YOUR SOUL”, “THIS NIGHT I’LL POSSESS YOUR CORPSE”
OR OUR NEW “THE COFFIN JOE TRILOGY” DVDS!

Synapse Films has a small quan­ti­ty of some Brazilian “Coffin Joe” comic book repro­duc­tions. While sup­plies last, each per­son that orders the Coffin Joe films, from Synapse-Films.com, will receive a comic book with their order.

Please note, regard­ing the first two Coffin Joe Films, AT MIDNIGHT I’LL TAKE YOUR SOUL and THIS NIGHT I’LL POSSESS YOUR CORPSE:
First, the licen­sor ONLY pro­vid­ed us with stan­dard def­i­n­i­tion scans of the orig­i­nal neg­a­tives. We have no plans for a Blu-ray release because they did not do HD scans for us. We have not been given any indi­ca­tion that HD scans can be done on this already frag­ile mate­ri­al. These scans and trans­fers were super­vised by direc­tor Jose Mojica Marins.