Coffin Joe (1963)

Mike Matei / October 15th, 2009


  • April 9, 2010 at 1:39 pm


    Nothing else to say except definitely for foreign film lovers!

  • mjpresson

    April 12, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    Terrific job, James. Very intelligent review. I’m sharing it on my fb profile.

  • Stant666

    April 28, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Nice review, but what the hell were with the censored parts?.. Its okay to show blood and gore and foul language, but boobs and asses are to be censored?… Come on..

  • May 7, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    damn, thats some sick shit

  • May 27, 2010 at 7:49 am

    o3o … what the heck!? this is some of the most violent shit i have ever seen o0″!… and its spanish, wow.. thats worse…

    I dont think im gonna watch this movie, its spanish xD haha

    • November 26, 2013 at 1:23 pm

      Why would a Brazilian movie be in Spanish?

      • Ricardo Costa

        June 5, 2014 at 9:01 am

        Maybe because it’s not Spanish but Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese to be exact.

  • fabiovictorio

    May 27, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    It´s not spanish, it´s brazilian, like James said…. i´m from brazil and here the main character is known as Zé do Caixão…. He is always in his character on interviews and he did a lot of other movies, but this trilogy is the best. For Horror movies fans (i am) it´s worth watching….

    • Alessandra Marques

      November 3, 2013 at 8:31 pm

      Its portuguese =P

  • Loserfrog

    May 28, 2010 at 4:56 am

    Not only his main character is known but he is also known as Zé do Caixão. I think most people wouldn’t have a clue who José Mojica Marins is. Great job James, it’d be nice if people here in Brazil gave the same value to Coffin Joe’s works.

  • Butch Bitch

    June 29, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Wow, thank you James for introducing me to this obscure foreign horror series! I’m a huge fan of foreign films and i’m sure I’ll enjoy this just as much as you do. Damn this movie is pretty hardcore for 1963– imagine if this was was released to the mainstream American audience at the time!

  • Dancovich

    July 4, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Great review, it’s nice to see that Coffin Joe is appreciated outside Brazil.

    I find it funny how you pronounce his name, like it was spelled with “i” (iose). It really is spelled with the “J” sound and emphasis on the last E (josE).

    Many non-portuguese speaking people think portuguese is spelled like spanish but in fact it is quite different, so different many times I don’t have a clue what spanish people are saying.

  • moonr03

    July 26, 2010 at 2:14 am

    its funny to me how people try to claim they are from Brazil and claim theyre language as brazilian when in fact its portuguese and how people mistake portuguese with spanish they are a lil bit similar but at the same time completely different

    • Pedro Messias

      February 17, 2015 at 10:44 pm

      Brazil’s official language is Portuguese

      • Pedro Messias

        February 17, 2015 at 10:48 pm

        Butt with a lot of different words and rules comming from italian, japanese, tupi guarani, african and others.

        We say “Brazilian portuguese” because is very hard to relate the two versions of the language.

  • McSaboya

    August 23, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    hey james do you know that cofin joe and josé mojica are the same person right?

  • McSaboya

    August 23, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    and actually the correct title is not embodiment of evil but instead embodiment of the devil

  • venom 51007

    August 30, 2010 at 7:41 am

    when i saw his fingers coming out of the screen i thought he was gonna take my eyes,man this would’ve made a great 3D movie of course there was no 3D till many years later i’m not a fan of black and white films but over the years i’ve come to appreciate them but i bet this film would’ve looked awesome in color but the black and white tone of it will always be there.

  • pedrobaumbach

    September 14, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    our soccer its better then your losers
    vamo gremio

  • pedrobaumbach

    September 14, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    I didin’t now that ze do caixao was coffin joe in english suhsuahuhsuasuhhsuahahas

  • September 24, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    I wish Coffin Joe wasn’t so friggin’ stupid. If he knew anything about religion, he’d know that Heaven has provided proof of God (the ULTRAVERSE!!) and will provide no more. For those people who believe in the Big Bang Theory, I know what you’re gonna say. “Earth is made with chemicals or whatever and we live in an ever-expanding universe. Well, those materials that exploded, tell me where they came from. IF you do manage that, tell me where THOSE materials came from. Bottom Line: There’s a God. Deal with it.

    Anyway, nice episode as always, James!

    • Don Skiver

      August 27, 2016 at 1:34 am

      Essentially a slight tweak of the prima mobile argument. The unmoved mover, the uncaused causer. Pretty weak argument…there’s stronger arguments out there.
      I have a novel idea; what about not needing proof of God’s existence and just having faith?

  • jasondixon360

    September 28, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Another foreign film you should check out and review is a french horror film 1959 (i think its 1959) is Eyes Without A Face!

  • zenithal

    October 5, 2010 at 9:52 am

    dont talk religion on here, there is no proof that there is a god so deal with that, be quiet and read some science books. cool review though!! i agree with the censorship thing though…..why?

  • disco steve

    October 6, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    “dont talk religion on here, there is no proof that there is a god so deal with that, be quiet and read some science books. ”

    Given that there is no scientific evidence either way (for or against), given that there are good arguments on both sides, and given that there have been and still are many great scientists who are religious, I suggest some humility on your part as well, Zenithal.

    Now I do agree that this isn’t the time or the place for this kind of argumentation, or the kind of annoying proselytizing that seems to characterize so many fundamentalist theists and blow hard atheists these days. So as an Agnostic might I recommend that both of you recognize that you both are on the same ground insofar as your faith statements (since you both have no actual proof outside of philosophy) and kindly shut the hell up?

  • vinamon13

    October 7, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    @ fabiovictorio. not Brazilian, Portuguese you idiot. your from Brazil, you should know better

  • vito_von_ganso

    October 7, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    I think is interesting to add, that in Brazil at that time that the coffin joe made the first films, there was a strong dictatorship in the country which was highly against the theme of his movies! so the third film in the trilogy was released long after!

  • The_CoolerKing

    October 23, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    It’s just a movie. Nobody cares about your shitty religious beliefs.

    @disco steve
    Quit being such a middle-of-the-road cunt.

  • disco steve

    October 24, 2010 at 2:58 am


    Nope. I don’t think so. As long as douchebags like you, chick, phelps, and dawkins,live to force your own ideologies unto places where it is not wanted, never once considering the reality that you have about as much warrant and evidence as the guy you insult, I’m going to be the one keeping you honest.

    So suck it.

  • November 15, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    This Coffin Joe guy seem to be very illogical: “Life is the beginning of death”… “death is the end of life”… it doesn’t make any sense! Ok, death is the end of life but life is not the beginning of death! It’s like saying that a road is the beginning of a dead end sign! It is not, it just ends there!
    Then he challenges God, saying that it doesn’t exist. Nice work man, then why not challenging Santa Claus, or the monster under your bed?

  • November 30, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    I’m pretty sure he meant “brazilian” as the origin of the movie, not the language.

    It’s perfectly logical actually, it follows the logic that you start dying once you are born as each second that passes gets you a second closer to your time of death, thus, life is, indeed, the beginning of death.

  • disco steve

    December 3, 2010 at 2:28 pm


    Not really. Death (despite what Shakespeare might say) is a singular event, an end point. Dying is the beginning of death because at that point the body begins terminal cessation of function. However, that too is an isolated condition.

    Life begins and the body develops, grows, becomes more adaptable and more…well, alive (or at least more aware of life).

    In short, Joe made a bit of a categorical error when he said that .

    Joe’s little statement is probably poetic (in an emo, whiney way), but it is not logical from a philosophical or scientific point of view.

  • nomad175

    December 4, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    That scene where Joe pokes out a guy’s eyes reminds me of the War of the Worlds TV series.

  • March 4, 2011 at 9:54 am

    The hell scene reminds me of hell depicted in the game Requiem: Avenging Angel.

    Body parts sticking out everywhere.. Might be the games source of inspiration.

  • officialjab

    March 12, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    It’s hilarious to see people trying to take a ‘logical’ high ground about this line about death. Joe ‘made a categorical error’? Heh, okay man.

  • March 15, 2011 at 1:13 am

    when he says “life is the begginning of death” he aint using the tecnical or scientific term “life” or “death”. He just says that each day you live you come closer to your ultimate destiny, death, wich he wants to “avoid”, by impregnating a woman, so their child (children are a way to you still “live”, as they will always carrie a part of their parents inside of them) could procede with his legacy of evil.

    denial of god, or of its power and victory, is a regular quote of the devil or possesed people in roman catholic stories or in popular culture…
    you know “deny your maker” stuff

    It’s not emo or whiney, it is only a cheap/silly scare statement of early 60s. you must also think that back in 1962, 92% of brazililians were catholic, very devout, so the movie give a middle finger for religious stuff and to the conservative culture , to shock and scare. nowadays it wouldn’t work, 50% of catholics are “non-practicing”, just some new radical religious would complain about it.

    a funny thing is that very few people have ever watched one of his movies, cause our conservative military dictatorship censored them for 20 years, while many old-facist or conservative critics condemned his movies, but people easily recognize him and know his name…

  • the thinker

    March 15, 2011 at 6:15 am

    that’s a pretty pimp hat he’s got. no wonder chicks dig him.

    take note kids, hats are everything. you gotta pimp hat everything else falls into place.

  • themightySNORE

    March 15, 2011 at 7:40 am

    Good review James!

  • Hammerpants

    March 15, 2011 at 7:50 am


    You make an excellent point. Censorship does have the tendency to make things more desirable (like when the Communist Chinese government banned Ben-Hur only for it to end up as one of the most widespread illegal movies in the totalitarian state today)

  • Hammerpants

    March 15, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Building on what I said previously, I visited an underground church there during my time doing mission work in China, and my host showed me his VHS copy of Ben Hur,signed by Heston himself, that a friend had smuggled in for him.

  • Hammerpants

    March 15, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Sorry for the triple posting, but I just had to say, I saw some documentary clips about Jose Marins (the guy who plays Coffin Joe) and he’s awesome! You could probably do at least a week of Monster Madness dedicated to the far out stuff he’s done.

  • HouroftheWayne

    April 21, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    I had to go on a road trip to San Fran just to buy this DVD after watching this Review. Totally worth it !!!

  • penpan

    August 29, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    What a buzzkill to your reviews, having an end advertisement of a 6 year old talking back to her mother. These films look balls to the wall, and seriously, like asian horror, spanish horror doesn’t seem to hold back!

  • ravinspawn

    September 8, 2011 at 8:10 am

    IFC shows the coffin joe saga all the time (not inclueding the 2008 film),
    i love thes films there so enjoyabul to watch

  • Chris-R.

    September 28, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    @ Hammerpants: Fuck you! Mission work in China? That’s well disrespectful towards the PRC. Also, you post too much and sicken me.

    • ohferfckssake

      November 25, 2011 at 7:02 pm

      Geez, settle down dude.

    • ohferfckssake

      November 25, 2011 at 7:09 pm

      Geez, settle down dude.

    • ohferfckssake

      November 25, 2011 at 7:10 pm

      Geez, settle down dude.

    • sydneysoultrain

      January 7, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      Disrespectful? No. Nothing in his/her posts was disrespectful (and believe me, the oppressive actions of the PRC DESERVE disrespect and derision).

      You? You sicken me Chris-R. I’ve seen your ignorant, hateful, homophobic bullshit on this site before. YOU are a person whose brand of bile we need less of. YOU are the one who needs to post less (preferably never again).

  • DallaPria

    October 21, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Hi, James! I’m a huge fan of your reviews.
    I’m honored to see your Coffin’s Joe review as I’m brazilian.
    Here in Brazil he is definitely the Lord of Horror. And his work is also huge, lots of movies.

    It’s so nice to see our national artists doing good outside the country.

    Congratulations for all your work!

  • ohferfckssake

    November 25, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Now this is a classic horror icon!

  • Tekkenfan

    December 17, 2011 at 4:59 pm


  • sydneysoultrain

    January 7, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    The top hat/mustache combo is something that few men can pull off successfully. Mr. Marins is one of those men who can AND at the same time, manage to be scary as all hell too.

    A true legend.

  • Meneluthor

    January 27, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Gotta love US. Extreme violence, guns, guts, decapitation? No probs! but wait … OMG A BOOB!!! NOOOOO!!! QUICK!!!!

  • Sarrells

    March 3, 2012 at 1:47 am

    … Holy shit.

  • caitseith

    October 11, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    “Don’t watch this movie”
    – You can’t tell me what to do!

    (At the end of the film)
    – Oh God… Why?

  • Matheus Caldas

    January 12, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Great review! I agree that Coffin Joe is very underrated, even in Brazil.

  • May 28, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Did the old lady say “go horne?’

  • August 8, 2013 at 8:17 am

    that’s more sick and fucked up then today

  • Anthony Abozyid

    October 31, 2013 at 3:17 am

    most fucked up movie of the sixties

  • November 25, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    My mother was a friend of Mojica’s wife. 🙂

  • November 23, 2014 at 11:35 am

    It’s so great to see this review here. Coffin Joe is one of the greatest brazilian cinema icons of all time. It used to have even a TV series in which he (Marins, the actor/director dressed as the character, you know) told horror stories and damned the audience with the graphic “curse of the day”. It was huge! And you know what? It was on TV at 5pm! As a kid I can’t wait to get home from school and watch the shit out of it.

  • Stephanie Cutrere

    October 7, 2015 at 2:30 am

    Sadly, so many people I know have never heard of the “Coffin Joe” films. They are more ballsy than any American horror films I have seen in recent memory.

  • October 16, 2015 at 10:03 am

    New tv series here in Brasil about José Mojica (Coffin Joe) :

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