À Meia-Noite Levarei Sua Alma (At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul) (1964) - Rotten Tomatoes

À Meia-Noite Levarei Sua Alma (At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul) (1964)

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Brazilian horror auteur Jose Mojica Marins both directs and stars in this hallucinogenic chiller (aka A Meia-Noite Levarei Sua Alma), playing a sadistic village undertaker named "Coffin Joe" who strikes fear into the hearts of pious townspeople through rape, mutilation and murder. Obsessed with continuing his bloodline by siring a child with his "ideal" woman, Joe first takes steps to eliminate his wife (with the help of a venomous tarantula), then sets his lecherous sights on his friend's gypsy fiancee. The horrid crimes that follow bring down the wrath of a gypsy curse, which comes to pass during a village celebration on November 2 -- the Day of the Dead. This is widely regarded to be the first horror film produced in Brazil. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for À Meia-Noite Levarei Sua Alma (At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul)

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It's a lot of fun, but it's also a serious document of its time and place, a Brazil gripped with fear of God and ghosts.

October 28, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
eFilmCritic.com

The birth of Brazilian horror as a direct act of blasphemy

October 10, 2009 | Full Review…
CinePassion

Well, midnight's as good a time as any.

February 3, 2005 | Rating: 1/5
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The film has a few scary moments, but is enjoyable mostly because of its value as a historical artifact and as a somewhat campy scarefest.

August 18, 2002 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for À Meia-Noite Levarei Sua Alma (At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul)

Marins is a great director and creates some powerful imagery, while he has a magnetic presence as the cruel Coffin Joe and the film's dialogue (despite the generally weak acting) is what makes this a memorable Brazilian horror movie that should be rediscovered and remastered.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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½

Brazilian undertaker "Coffin Joe" eats meat on Friday, terrorizes the townspeople, and plots to steal his best friend's fiancee; a gypsy witch is the only person in town who dares to defy him. Like Alex in CLOCKWORK ORANGE, but smarter, Coffin Joe is a terrifying villain because he freely chooses evil---and because he gets such pure pleasure out of other people's suffering.

Greg S
Greg S

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i watched this on dia de los muertos, which is appropriate as anyone who has seen the film can attest. i have to admit it's quite a lot of fun despite being relentlessly cheesy. the director himself stars as 'coffin joe', the town undertaker, who enjoys mocking good catholics and terrorizing the local women. the 'special' effects are not that special altho i did enjoy the ghost who appeared as if outlined with glitter and paste by kindergarteners. also tarantulas don't actually kill people. good for some laughs tho :)

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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