José Mojica Marins (March 13, 1936 – February 19, 2020) was a Brazilian filmmaker, actor, composer, screenwriter, and television and media personality. Marins is also known for creating and playing the character Coffin Joe (loosely translated from Zé do Caixão) in a series of horror movies; the character has since gone on to become his alter ego as well as a pop culture icon in Brazil. Although Marins is known primarily as a horror film director, his earlier works were Westerns, dramas and adventure films.
2 Zé do Caixão: The Coffin Joe character
7 Selected filmography
8 See also
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Marins was born in São Paulo, Brazil at a farm in the Vila Mariana, to Antônio and Carmem Marins. His interest in filmmaking began at an early age. When Marins was three, his father ran a local cinema, and the family lived in a flat above the theater.
Zé do Caixão: The Coffin Joe character
Main article: Coffin Joe
Marins is best known for creating and playing Coffin Joe, Brazil's first horror icon. An amoral undertaker with Nietzschian philosophies and a hatred for organized religion, the character appeared as the primary character in a trilogy (known as "The Coffin Joe Trilogy") revolving around his homicidal quest to find "the perfect woman" so he can achieve "the continuation of blood" (i.e. having a son, which he sees as the only true means of immortality). Following the success of the first film in the series, the character went on to become a pop culture icon, appearing in a supporting role in a number of films as well as in a variety of other mediums ranging from music videos to television shows.
Marins died on February 19, 2020, aged 83, in São Paulo, of a bronchopneumonia
Main article: José Mojica Marins filmography
Although most known for films in the horror genre, Marins also created exploitation, drugsploitation, sexploitation (often in the form of pseudo-documentaries), and Westerns. Marins is noted for his low-budget film style, often using friends and amateur actors as cast and crew. His films are usually set in São Paulo, Brazil.
José Mojica Marins in O Profeta da Fome (1971).
Marins became interested in cinema at a young age. He recounts that the 8mm O Juízo Final (Judgement Day, 1948) was the first film which he made at the age of twelve. He followed with Encruzilhada da Perdição (Crossroads to Perdition, 1952). Mojica was one of several directors of the movie The Profane Exhibit, released in 2013, working on Segment Viral, with a score composed by Chris Vrenna. 2014 filmed along Rodrigo Aragão, Petter Baiestorf and Joel Caetano with the splatter anthology film The Black Fables.
Marins on The Strange World of José Mojica Marins
Marins hosted a monthly interview program O Estranho Mundo de José Mojica Marins (The Strange World of José Mojica Marins) on the Brazilian television station Canal Brasil, in which he discussed Brazilian media and culture with other contemporary figures, such as actors and musicians. His guests have included Zé Ramalho, Rogério Skylab, and Supla.
From 1967 to 1988, Marins hosted the program Além, Muito Além do Além (Beyond, Much Beyond the Beyond) Fridays on TV Bandeirantes, in character as Coffin Joe, presenting short horror tales written by author and screenwriter Rubens Luchetti. Some scripts were later adapted as Coffin Joe comic books. The show's tapes were reused and currently there are no known intact recordings of this program.
Marins directed and hosted The Show from the Other World (Um Show do Outro Mundo) on Rede Record de Televisão, again appearing as Coffin Joe. The half-hour program featured short horror films, with many of the stories sent in by the viewers themselves and adapted by members of Marins' production team. As with his earlier show, the original tapes were reused and there is no known record of this material.
In 1996 Marins hosted the daily television program Cine Trash on TV Bandeirantes, which featured full-length horror films.
The Universe of Mojica Marins (1978) (O Universo de Jose Mojica Marins) is a 26-minute documentary film by Ivan Cardoso. Marins portrays himself in the film, which also features interviews with Marins' mother Carmem Marins, film editor Nilcemar Leyart, and Satã (Marins' assistant and bodyguard).
A 2001 documentary film, Damned - The Strange World of José Mojica Marins (Maldito - O Estranho Mundo de José Mojica Marins), by biographers André Barcinski and Ivan Finotti examines Marins' life and works. It won the Special Jury Prize at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival.
In 1987 Marins released the semi-autobiographical documentary film Demons and Wonders (Demônios e Maravilhas), in which he appears as himself re-enacting moments from his life, both good and bad. Marins' family and associates play themselves, including his mother Carmem Marins, former wife and film editor Nilcemar Leyart, and Satã, Marins' long-time assistant and bodyguard.
Main article: José Mojica Marins filmography
At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul (1964)
This Night I'll Possess Your Corpse (1967)
The Strange World of Coffin Joe (1968)
Awakening of the Beast (1970)
The End of Man (1970)
The Bloody Exorcism of Coffin Joe (1974)
The Strange Hostel of Naked Pleasures (1976)
Hellish Flesh (1977)
Hallucinations of a Deranged Mind (1978)
Embodiment of Evil (2008) (Encarnação do Demônio)
José Mojica Marins filmography
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