Encarnação do Demônio (Devil's Reincarnation) (Embodiment of Evil) Reviews
A much older Coffin Joe is released from jail and spends no time recreating his pack. The movie is pretty gruesome, but the people they killed seamed to deserve it a bit more... some of them at least. The older Coffin Joe is a bit regretful now. No longer is everything so easy. He's haunted by the things he's done. This movie is pretty ADD. Sometimes Joe is sad and conflicted and haunted by his past, sometimes he's pretty happy to keep killing and moving on.
Crazy stuff. More gruesome than most Hollywood slashers... but there isn't enough of it. Strange and tiersome.
The sick and trash "Encarnação do Demônio" impresses first because of the top-notch gruesome make-up and visual effects. However, the graphic violence is not recommended to sensitive viewers. The story, the screenplay and the acting are reasonable and the ham José Mojica Marins with his monologues is quite ridiculous, but funny. This is also the chance to say farewell to the great Brazilian actor Jece Valadão in his penultimate work. The last name of the character Josefel Zanatas means Satan backwards and misspelled in Portuguese (satanás / Sanatas / Zanatas). The result is a movie with potential of cult that works very well on DVD. My vote is seven.
Expecting little, and knowing this was the conclusion to a series of films made 20+ years ago from Brazil I had little idea of what to expect. Having said that I was pleasantly surprised in many ways. Production values, cinematography, and overall inventiveness were MUCH higher than I was expecting from a corner of the globe known more for Soccer and Martial Arts than high end film-making.
In many ways it's still a very Gonzo type film, with some clear 70's era exploitation sensibilities. It's ostensibly about a Mythological, almost Immortal being (Coffin Joe) who is searching for a woman to mother his child and lead him to some kind of Immortal Salvation. In that pursuit he recruits a Manson-like Cult following that kills, rapes, tortures, and enacts mayhem in a Mystical, drug-like series of flashbacks and hallucinations.
Not for everyone, "Evil" features some gritty, realistic violence, lots of naked Brazilian women, and even a bit of Cannabilism. It's almost like a Kindred Brazilian cousin to the Italian Exploitation films of the late 70's like "Cannibal Holocaust" wtih a bit of "Phantasm" thrown in for good measure. I wouldn't say it's a particularly enjoyable film to watch, but for those looking for a creepy Brazilian tale of Immortality, or those who are big fans of the original Coffin Joe it should fit the bill.
The film encapsulates the ideas explored in the two previous entries in the series, most notably the Nietzschean concept of the ubermensch (although that actual word is not used in the film), corruption and the moral codes associated with Latin American Catholicism (this theme is much less prominent in this film than in the earlier coffin joe films).
The fillm mixes surrealism with full blooded Gothic horror and feels a lot more ambitious than the other two entries, there is a particularly operatic sequence when Coffin Joe goes down to hell, which is highly visually flamboyant thanks to CGI. That scene makes Coffin Joe's trip down to hell in This Night I'll posses Your Corpse look almost comical.
Coffin Joe is haunted by psychedelic apparitions of his victims, some of which appear in the nude painted in a blazing silver colour in the middle of the night; a highly visually interesing idea.
The film also features some seriously peachy Brazilian goth/ fetish/ metal babes, which is a big bonus in my book!
This film is way more brutal than the other two Coffin Joe films. Marins revels in the violence, in an almost pornographic way. And even though it is disgusting and the FX are very realistic, it is so bizarre and surreal and delivered with such zeal and passion that you can not help becoming fascinated by it.