José Mojica Marins (13 March 1936 – 19 February 2020) was a Brazilian filmmaker, actor, composer, screenwriter, and television horror host. Marins is also known for creating and playing the character Coffin Joe (loosely translated from Zé do Caixão) in a series of horror films; the character has since gone on to become his alter ego as well as a pop culture icon, a horror icon, and a cult figure. The popularity of Coffin Joe in Brazil has led to the character being referred to as "Brazil's National Boogeyman" and "Brazil's Freddy Krueger".Born in São Paulo, Marins made his feature film directorial debut the 1950s with the film Adventurer's Fate. He went on to direct the 1964 film At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul, which is considered Brazil's first horror film. At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul marks the first appearance of the Coffin Joe character, a role that Marins would reprise in This Night I'll Possess Your Corpse (1967) and Embodiment of Evil (2008), along with a number of other films and television series. He is considered to have been a pioneer of Brazilian horror cinema and of graphically violent horror films in general.
Marins was born on Friday, 13 March 1936 in São Paulo, Brazil at a farm in the Vila Mariana, to Antonio André Marins and Carmen Mogica Imperial, both descended from Spanish immigrants. 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 it. During his childhood, Marins made short films with a camera that his parents had given to him as a present. These shorts starred himself and his neighbours, and were exhibited at churches and amusement parks.In 1953, at the age of 18, Marins founded Cia. Cinematográfica Atlas (the Atlas Film Company). He acquired an abandoned synagogue which he transformed into a film studio and academy, where he gave acting lessons and trained technicians in order to finance his films.
Movies & TV shows
Texas Carlos Massacre
Guided by his doctor (or is it voices in his head?), a young director is given a mission: to go to Texas to make an abstract roadmovie (“Unfocused film! Focus is repressed!”) about the Housecore Horro...
Corman's Eyedrops Got Me Too Crazy
A tribute to US independent cinema's original rebel. Corman said that Cardoso blended horror, sex and humour very well. The film never slowed down and the editing is very good. Which film?
Coffin Joe's Heart of Darkness
One of the great filmmakers of the horror genre returns with one of the final projects he will manage in his lifetime.
Brazilian Cinema in the 20th Century
Two years of research and visits to collections, cinematheques and museums; almost seventy interviews that generated 30 hours of recorded material; more than two hundred scanned photos and more than o...
Cult of Terror
A nostalgic journey to the universe of cinephilia and the passion for fantasy, told by its specialists, fans and world stars.
A group of kids embark on an adventure full of characters from the Brazilian popular imaginary - the werewolf, a witch, a ghost, monsters and The Saci.
Afonso é uma Brazza
Afonso Brazza became a fireman for the love of the profession. He became a film director and actor for the same reason. Brazza became one of the most original directors of Brazilian cinema. He died at...
Memórias da Boca
An anthology film (eight shorts) honoring the Boca do Lixo ("Mouth of Garbage") film production in the downtown area of São Paulo, Brazil.
Coffin Joe Born Again
The legendary Jose Mojica Marins, along with Marcelo Colaiacovo and Nilson Primitivo created this mind blowing experimental horror film. After two heart attacks in 2014, the Brazilian master is back w...
A girl crosses the forest to get milk from Saci, who punishes those who do not respect the people of the forest.
Entrando Numa Roubada
A film director, Walter, meets his old team to make a "road movie". With no money, they will have come up with scams in order to make the production possible while at the same time plotting revenge.
Let Your Fans Be Your Distributor!
Lloyd Kaufman went to So Paulo, Brazil to teach his famous "Make Your Own Damn Movie" Master Class and while there he met with the heart of the Brazilian film industry.
A boy goes to his girlfriend's home and is handcuffed on bed before discovering some strange food habits from her family.
Orgy of the Devil and Other Forbidden Tapes of Ivan Cardoso
This film is Ivan Cardoso's new incursion on pop and experimental cinema, making an hommage to old screenings at Cine AC, and reuniting restaured films and new works.
The Profane Exhibit
There is a club in Paris which is home to a wicked society. There are many hidden rooms within the cavernous building, one of which is known as "The Room of Souls," a private gathering place of the wo...
The First Time of Brazilian Cinema
In 1982, almost five million people took theaters to see Erotic Things, the first pornochanchada film, a soft-porn Brazilian genre of its own. The production is today considered a major episode in the...
Mr. Sganzerla: Os Signos da Luz
A documentary on prolific underground Brazilian filmmaker Rogério Sganzerla.
Light in Darkness: The Return of Red Light Bandit
After meeting with his father who has been imprisoned for the last 30 years, the bastard child of the Red Light Bandit decided to pursue a life of crime.
O Fim da Picada
After taking part in a satanic orgy at a beach in 1850, Macário meets Exú-Lebara, a female pagan entity. She decides to go along in his trip but tricks him into going to 2008 São Paulo.
The making of an unfinished film about phobias. Says the director. Behind the screens, he discusses at length (with e.g. Coffin Joe) about the aesthetic boundaries of the project: volunteers under con...
Embodiment of Evil
Coffin Joe was freed after 40 years in a cell for the mentally ill. The gravedigger was determined to find a woman who could give him a child after being imprisoned. He leaves behind a trail of horror...
Necrophagia - Nightmare Scenarios
Horror-metal is definitely an acquired taste. The band Necrophagia is blasting through each of these short horror vignettes and you really have to appreciate metal not to get totally turned off. The ...
Um Show de Verão
A poor telemarketer dreams of being a singer. Fred hired a musical producer to turn her into a star. They end up falling in love.
A Lasanha Assassina
A forgotten lasagna mutates into a monster.
The Devil Baby Was Born in São Paulo
An investigation into three São Paulo urban legends: The Devil Baby, the Blonde of the Bathroom and the Clown Gang. Originated in rumours, they were reported by the extinct tabloid Notícias Populares ...
Zé Rocha is a director trying to shoot his first film. He dreams of making a professional movie, and starts shooting in 35mm. But as his budget begins to fade, he changes to Black-and-White, then grad...
Coffin Joe: The Strange World of José Mojica Marins
The first documentary on José Mojica Marins's (the legendary Zé do Caixão or Coffin Joe) life and work. The film tells Mojica's history, from his poor childhood in Vila Anastácio, São Paulo (Brazil), ...
Coffin Joe Tales
Woman who was raped and murdered reincarnates in the body of Maria Imaculada, a meek housemaid who hides her true inner evil behind an innocent face, secretly performs satanic rites in her room and ch...
A mystery woman hires a detective to find her missing husband, a master of disguises, and an important industry executive.
At Midnight with Glauber Rocha
A late-1960s interview with Brazilian filmmaker Glauber Rocha, mixed in avant-garde style with scenes from his films and clips from fellow filmmakers.
The Beauties of Billings
A travelogue through the remains of São Paulo failing 80s economy, including its in ruins film industry.
48 Hours of Hallucinatory Sex
After seeing the film " 24 Horas de Sexo Explcito", a sexologist hires the same crew to make a new movie, doubling the time - an orgy which would last for 48 hours. She may have an ulterior goal in ge...
Demons and Wonders
An autobiographical docu-drama that chronicles the filmmaker's struggle with narrow minded authorities, critics, and personal tragedy.
Hour of Fear
In São Paulo, Alberto is an insane and sadistic man that kills women, and lives with his mother that covers all his mess. When he kills his mother's employee Eliana, stabbing her in the bathtub, they ...
Father Pedro and the Revolt of the Children
Pedro arrives in the city of Serinhaém, ready to reopen the church, which was closed by the local bandit, and try to reestablish the Catholic faith of the population, which has been destroyed by the d...
1 TV show
A Show From Another World
Coffin Joe is host of the third Brazilian TV show. The show was a mix of an auditorium show and a TV show. The stories were adapted for TV by Mojica and Novotny. The audience ratings for the Serie are...
A Mulher Que Põe a Pomba no Ar
A scientist hates cheating men. Researching for revenge methods against them, she befriends creatures from outer space.
Hallucinations of a Deranged Mind
A psychiatric doctor is driven insane plagued by nightmarish visions of Coffin Joe's subterranean world of bizarre horror. Under analysis, it's discovered that he has a pathological fear that Joe has ...
The Marble Goddess
A 2000-year-old woman has a pact with the devil to preserve her youth. She must extract the essence of life from the people she has sex with.
The Universe of Mojica Marins
A film portrait of Jose Mojica Marins.
Horror Palace Hotel
An unusual look at 1978 Brasilia Film Festival and the politics that make certain films fashionable or not.
Dr. Jorge Medeiros is a weird scientist who does not has time for his beautiful wife Rachel and is always busy with his so called experiences. She falls in love with Oliver, best friend of her husband...
The Vampire of the Cinemateque
As filmmaker Jairo Ferreira shoots his life and friends he also becomes the vampire of the cinemateque.
Man tries to decipher a manuscript about an ancient civilization and gets involved in strange situations. In fact, the plot is just an excuse to tackle the subjects of mysticism and human condition.
The Strange Hostel of Naked Pleasures
Coffin Joe opens a hostel which will be run by himself and five other carefully chosen people. The hostel soon fills up with dozens of guests including partying hippies and gambling gangsters, who soo...
A bankrupt playboy pays nightly visits to three rich, grieving widowed sisters disguised as their late husband's ghosts. When they all get pregnant, their father hires a priest to exorcise the "ghosts...
When the Gods Fall Asleep
Prophet Finis Hominis escapes from jail and resumes his mission of saving humanity from its moral ruin.
D'Gajão Mata Para Vingar
In a gypsy camp, D'Gajão and Nadja celebrate their marriage. Nearby, the foreman Justin tries to seduce the daughter of his boss, but she dies by hitting his head on a rock. Justin blames the Roma for...
Sex and Blood on Treasure Trail
An american explorer organizes an expedition to the Amazon Rainforest in search of a lost treasure.
End of Man
Stark naked man comes out from the sea and begins to walk the streets, interfering in daily episodes, always in search of justice. He names himself Finis Hominis (The End of Man, in latin), and soon b...
Awakening of the Beast
A Psychiatrist is investigating Coffin Joe's influence on 4 volunteers. Sex, perversion and sadism are all present in each patient's reaction.
The Prophet of Hunger
The story of a circus worker. Each day he and his colleagues do weirder numbers to impress their audience. The numbers look like a horror show. Reality becomes stronger and more absurd as a result of ...
Segment "Prólogo": interviews and scenes with some of the most important filmmakers of the "Boca do Lixo" of São Paulo. Segment "A Badaladíssima dos Trópicos x Os Picaretas do Sexo": shenanigans of a ...
3 Movies · 1 TV show
The Strange World of Coffin Joe
Coffin Joe presents an anthology film which tells three macabre tales, all delightfully demented, perverted and grotesque.
Trilogy of Terror
An anthology horror film, divided in three segments, directed by three of the most important Brazilian directors of the 20th century.
Strange World of Coffin Joe: TV Serie
Second Brazilian TV show hosted by Coffin Joe. Produced by TV Tupi and directed by Antônio Abujamra, this TV show has a better production quality than the "Além, Muito além do Além" (1967-68) and a mo...
1 Movie · 1 TV show
Beyond, Far Beyond the Beyond
Coffin Joe hosted the first Brazilian TV horror show. The show was written by Rbens Francisco Lucchetti and directed by José Mojica Marins. The TV show has a great audience despite the negative review...
This Night I'll Possess Your Corpse
Coffin Joe is still looking for the perfect woman to give birth to a son of his, and has been cleared of the crimes he committed in At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul, but he continues to torment the peo...
The Devil in Old Town
The town of Vila Velha is put under a reign of terror by a powerful colonel nicknamed "The Devil", who influences local politicians and hires gunslingers to shoot down those who stand up to him.
My Destiny is in Your Hands
Tired of the constant abuse he suffers in his household, a boy runs away from home and goes on a series of sad and dramatic adventures, in which he finds the opportunity to show the power of his own v...
After being shot fleeing from a gunfight, the bandit Jaime falls to a riverbank, where is rescued by two beautiful young women. He becomes involved romantically with Dorothy, daughter of a farmer, and...
Two friends travel into the Amazon Rainforest, where they find a hidden kingdom ruled by a bloodthirsty sultan. One of José Mojica Marins' first efforts into filmmaking, shot in 16mm when he was only ...