Here’s a great article in the New York Times that highlights the incredible(ly bizarre) career of filmmaker-provocateur José Mojica Marins, aka Coffin Joe. Mojica managed to nearly single-handedly create a horror film scene in Brazil. Combining shock value and an amazing DIY, hyper-macabre aesthetic, his films are engrossing, gruesome events; they are fascinating for their sheer audacity and rabid creativity.
This is a great article, but what’s most exciting for me is this little passage:
“His extreme behavior and demented look, starting with a pair of low-budget black-and-white 1960s films, “At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul” and “This Night I’ll Possess Your Corpse” — enhanced versions of which are to be released next year on DVD with new subtitles and improved prints and supplemental material…”