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EMBODIMENT OF EVIL
aka ENCARNACAO DO DEMONIO
UK: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Cast: Jose Mojica Marins, Jece ValadAo, Adriano Stuart, Milhem Cortaz, Rui Rezende, Jose Celso Martinez Corręa, Cristina Ache, Helena Ignez, Debora Muniz, Thais Simi, Cleo de Paris, Nara Sakarę, Giulio Lopes, Eduardo Chagas, Luis Melo
Director: Jose Mojica Marins
Language: Portuguese (English subtitles)
UK: 94 mins
UK Certificate: 18 contains strong bloody violence and horror
UK Release Date: 3 July 2009 (Limited Release)
Forty years on, legendary Brazilian writer-director-star Jose Mojica Marins returns to the role that established him as a horror genre auteur to be reckoned with as the long awaited third and final instalment of his renowned "Coffin Joe" series of films, EMBODIMENT OF EVIL, comes to DVD courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment.
The sequel to AT MIDNIGHT I'LL TAKE YOUR SOUL (1964) and THIS NIGHT I'LL POSSESS YOUR CORPSE (1967), EMBODIMENT OF EVIL sees the sadistic undertaker Coffin Joe finally released from a prison mental ward after serving a 40-year term for kidnap, torture and murder.
Back on the streets, Joe is reunited with his faithful servant Bruno and continues his diabolic quest for "the continuation of the blood" by finding the perfect woman to bear him a son. Assisted by a quartet of fanatic followers, they begin kidnapping and testing the suitability of potential bearers of Joe's offspring. Still driven by madness, Joe is haunted by visions of the ghosts of his former victims and graphic hallucinations of a purgatory-like landscape filled with human suffering and depravity.
Meanwhile, a local police captain and a mentally unstable priest, both bearing their own personal grudges against the undertaker, have teamed up to hunt Joe down and to exact their revenge by destroying him once and for all.
A must-see for all horror fans, this is one shocker that really does have it all - ghosts, torture, nudity and extremely graphic violence, all presented in an aesthetically pleasing style that many art-house cinema directors would kill for. For many horror aficionados, EMBODIMENT OF EVIL is almost certainly going to be the DVD release of the year.