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SHINYA TSUKAMOTO – Our first director hails from Japan and is noted for his surreal, nightmarish excursions into the darker side of transformative industrial technology … especially any technology that impacts the human anatomy. Noteworthy films include:
Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989) – From the early shots of a man removing one of his own bones and replacing it with a piece of metal viewers knew this was a work of true genius. Tetsuo becomes more and more relevant by the year, especially with the advent of nanotechnology and its potentially invasive effect on the human mind and body. The anatomies of the film’s characters become distorted and mutate into metal figures that challenge preconceived notions of beauty, ugliness, gender and even what constitutes life. This movie features transcendent images that are horrific yet hypnotic and will stay with you forever after.
Hiruko the Goblin (1991) – Tsukamoto’s memorable take on a more traditional sort of horror. An archaeologist stripped of his credentials becomes involved in excavating an ancient tomb, unleashing an infernal force. Human bodies get played with like sculptor’s clay in Tsukamoto’s inimitable style as the horror unfolds. Elements of Shinto mythology also play a part in this surreal tale.
Tetsuo 2: Body Hammer (1992) – This sequel is less satisfying than the original, but expands upon many of the themes of the original. Metal fetishists abound in this story, which deals heavily with weapons technology. Human bodies are distorted into killing machines in perverse and inventive ways that even the maddest of mad scientists never dreamed of before. Body Hammer has an astronomically high body count compared to the original Tetsuo, which makes it more commercially appealing but less cerebral. The third film in the series, Tetsuo the Bullet Man, was so commercial as to be almost unrecognizable as a Tsukamoto movie.
Haze (2005) – In a weird hybrid of Saw, Lost, The Prisoner and Hostel Tsukamoto uses less than an hour to treat viewers to an existential nightmare. A wounded man wakens to find himself trapped in a maze of concrete tunnels with no clue how he got there or why he is being subjected to such treatment. If you’re in the mood for a brief experience that will disturb you and linger in your real-life nightmares for some time then this is the flick for you.
Nekromantik (1987) – This film’s protagonist works for a service that disposes of the dead, mangled bodies that result from accidents on the high-speed Autobahn. He’s obsessed with death in all forms as is his girlfriend. The lead character takes body parts and eventually whole corpses home with him to spice up his sex life with his partner. The woman becomes addicted to threesomes with a particularly attractive male corpse which the couple have pierced with a metal rod to serve as a makeshift penis for her to mount. Yes, they use a condom on the metal rod if you were wondering. Soon the young lady prefers the corpse to her living partner, setting even more horrors in motion.
Der Todesking (“The Death King“) (1989) – An anthology featuring seven episodes of death by murder of various kinds and even by suicide. The seven segments, each set on a different day of the week, are punctuated by shots of a neglected corpse in various stages of decay. Buttgereit’s most experimental film, this is a non-stop melding of the arthouse and abbatoir sensibilities.
Nekromantik 2 (1991) – Buttgereit’s sequel to his best-known film was the subject of a landmark decision by the German Supreme Court which banned the movie and ruled that all copies and the negative be destroyed. Naturally this just enhanced the film’s reputation and made it an international sensation. The lead character this time is Monika, a woman who has turned to necrophilia because other sex acts have failed to stimulate her to orgasm. She takes to dismembering dead partners and then mixing and matching body parts from other men she kills in order to construct the perfect dead lover.
Schramm (1993) – The central character of Schramm is a serial killer known as The Lipstick Killer. He kills victims, poses them for various, often suggestive, photos and moons over his neighbor, a prostitute. Get ready for amputations, nightmarish hallucinations, dentists who extract eyes instead of teeth and our protagonist’s fondness for self-mutilation, which includes nailing his penis to a piece of wood.
COFFIN JOE – Our top director is Jose “Mojica” Marins, Brazil’s notorious King of Horror. Marins’ most famous character is Ze do Caixao aka Coffin Joe, a figure who belongs alongside Dracula, Freddy Krueger, La Llorona and other horror icons from around the world. Noteworthy movies include :
At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul (1963) – Brazil’s first-ever home-grown horror film was also the very first appearance of Coffin Joe, an undertaker who relishes exploiting and mocking the religious beliefs of the community. The transgressive, hypnotic figure lords it over those he considers to be ignorant peasants and lesser beings. Ze’s reign of terror sees him inflict physical and psychological torture on his victims, including gouging their eyes out with his incredibly long fingernails. The vile but charismatic monster is searching for a superior woman to mate with while killing off male rivals as well as women who don’t meet his expectations.
This Night I Will Possess Your Corpse (1967) – In this sequel Coffin Joe is even more powerful and depraved as he subjects Sao Paulo to another reign of terror. Ze is still searching for the perfect woman to bear his child and inflicting all manner of torture on his victims but this time around the viewer is treated to even more of the villain’s bizarre philosophy, which seems to be composed of equal parts Nietzsche and de Sade with a healthy sprinkling of Aleister Crowley tossed in. This film is black & white like the original but features the acclaimed color portion featuring a trip to a Hell ruled by Coffin Joe himself.
The Strange World of Coffin Joe (1968) – Marins’ excellent anthology film presents three horrific tales: The Dollmaker, about a master dollmaker and his daughters who get attacked by would-be robbers and rapists; Obsession, about a hideous balloon peddler who sees the beautiful woman he is obsessed with get murdered on her wedding day. Barred from the funeral the peddler breaks into the funeral home after hours for a macabre tryst with the woman’s corpse; and Theory, in which a demented professor (a sort of proto-Hannibal Lecter) imprisons and tortures a colleague and his wife. The stories in this nightmarish tour de force include Marins’ usual bizarre amoral philosophizing as well as a healthy dose of cannibalism in the final entry.
The End of Man (1970) – Marins entered Jodorowsky territory with this film in which he played a wandering – and naked – sage called Finis Hominis (“End of Man”). Very episodic in nature but very heavy on dark humor and social satire, making it a prime example of Brazilian Boca do Lixo cinema. Finis Hominis returned in When The Gods Fall Asleep in 1972.
The Bloody Exorcism of Coffin Joe (1974) – Long before Wes Craven’s New Nightmare Marins went “meta” with his ouevre. Playing himself as actor and director Jose Mojica Marins, our hero tries to convince the world that Coffin Joe is just a character he plays. Horrific events surround Marins wherever he goes in this clever flick in which he also plays his most famous character, who orchestrates all the horror from a realm somewhere between fantasy and reality. The Christmas-time setting is a nice change of pace and provides us with the sight of a Christmas Tree decorated with tarantulas and snakes. Marins would do double duty again as both himself and Ze in Hallucinations of a Deranged Mind in 1978.
The Strange Hostel of Pleasures (1976) – A late-night ritual during a thunder storm causes Coffin Joe to rise from his casket and oversee a bizarre inn. An assortment of evil men and women seek shelter from the storm by checking into the hotel only to find monstrous surprises awaiting them. To say more would spoil the twists involved in this film.
Hallucinations of a Deranged Mind (1978) – A psychiatrist is tormented by recurring nightmares in which Coffin Joe kills him and steals his wife, pronouncing her “the perfect woman” through which to continue his bloodline. His colleagues arrange a meeting with film director Jose Mojica Marins to try to convince their friend that Coffin Joe is nothing more than a fictional character. Needless to say the horror is just beginning for the man and his wife.
Embodiment of Evil (2008) – The final chapter in the saga of Coffin Joe. Ze is released from a prison for the criminally insane after several decades of imprisonment and is still obsessed with continuing his blood line by finding the perfect woman to mate with. Coffin Joe finds a cadre of disciples ready to help him in his work of torture and killing as that quest continues. SPOILER: Coffin Joe is finally killed off for good, appropriately enough by a priest who impales Ze’s heart with a large crucifix. At the villain’s funeral, attended by his disciples and various murderer fetishists we see that some of Coffin Joe’s most recent female subjects are pregnant, meaning his mission of passing on his bloodline was at long last completed.
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