This Night I’ll Possess Your Corpse – original title: Esta Noite Encarnarei no Teu Cadáver – is a 1967 Brazilian horror film made by actor and filmmaker José Mojica Marins. Marins is also known by his alter ego Coffin Joe (Zé do Caixão).
The film is the second entry in Marins’ “Coffin Joe trilogy”, being preceded by At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul (1963), and belatedly followed by Embodiment of Evil (Encarnação do Demônio, 2008).
On January 31, 2017, Synapse Films are releasing the film on DVD with the following features:
- 35mm negative scan supervised by director José Mojica Marins
- The Making of This Night I’ll Possess Your Corpse (8 minutes)
- A visit to the Coffin Joe Museum (5 minutes)
- The Universe of Mojica Marins ‘New Release Info Worksheet’! Vintage Featurette (25 minutes)
- Interview with José Mojica Marins (8 minutes)
- Introduction to the film by Coffin Joe
- Original theatrical trailer
- Photo gallery
Coffin Joe returns to his village after recovering in a hospital from shock and blindness from the events in the previous film. Having been absolved of his previous crimes and murders, this time he is even more determined to find the “perfect” woman with whom to sire a son of superior lineage, for his singular, obsessive desire for the “continuity of blood”.
Assisted by his gaunt, hunchbacked, facially disfigured servant Bruno, he kidnaps six beautiful women the first night he returns to town. He puts them through a series of sadistic trials to determine if one of them exhibits no fear, indicating superiority to bear his son. When the woman named Marcia remains proudly unaffected while the others scream and beg to the terrors they are submitted into, Coffin Joe retains her as his chosen and imprisons the other five in a pit below his bedroom, where he releases poisonous snakes to kill them…
“As in White Zombie, there is an eerie, otherworldly atmosphere that pervades the film and greatly contributes to suspension of disbelief. There are graphic shock visuals in both films, and the protagonist gives long monologues purporting his entirely self-centric word view.” 10k Bullets
” …the film can’t shake the influences of decades-older B-movies, from Coffin Joe’s inexplicable mad scientist’s laboratory to his defeat at the hands of a lynch mob that chases him into a swamp. On the other hand, it’s plainly evident that Marins is willing to go much further than his genre contemporaries in North America.” Midnight Only