DVD Review: This Night I’ll Possess Your Corpse

This Night I’ll Possess Your Corpse was directed by José Mojica Marins who also stars alongside Tina Wohlers, and Nadia Freitas.

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).

This 1967 black & white follow up to José Mojica Marins’ horror debut picks up after the events of the first film where Zé do Caixão has been left for dead. Somehow Zé do Caixão miraculously survives and begins his search once again for a woman to have his perfect child. The mad mortician weeds through more women and finally finds a perfect match. Sadly for the mad man, things don’t go as he plans because all of his evil deeds once again come back to haunt him. Zé do Caixão gets everything he deserves, from a terrifying dream sequence from hell that takes place in full color, to the shocking finale. The sinister man in black ultimately has to pay the price for his evil wrong doings.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, more artwork and the list of special features. The DVD disc also features some creepy cool artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good considering the age and obscurity of the film. There is some grain and just a little choppiness at times but besides that I really didn’t have any issues with the video and audio. Synapse Films did a really good job with it all.

Bottom line is, This Night I’ll Possess Your Corpse is a direct sequel to At Night I’ll Take Your Soul and another first time watch for me. These Brazillian obscurities are some bizzare watches to say the least but they are kind of entertaining. They’re an acquired taste! It looks like director and star José Mojica Marins had a bigger budget for this sequel because there were better looking makeup effects used and lots more creepy crawlies. This time the spiders are joined by snakes, owls, and more! Even though most of the movie is shot in black & white, there is an insane dream sequence from hell that actually takes place in living color and it is truly something to be witnessed. 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. This DVD is now available and even though it isn’t really my kind of horror movie, it’s still a pretty wild and ambitious watch for its time.

Distributor: Synapse Films

Run Time: 109 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Video: Full-Frame (1.33:1) Presentation / Region 1

DVD Audio: Portuguese

Subtitles: English

Special Features: Good Stuff! Synapse Films did a really good job rounding up some extras to go along with this DVD release.

  • 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.)
  • Introduction to the film by Coffin Joe
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Photo gallery
  • Optional English subtitles and chapter selections
  • Cover artwork by Gary Pullin



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