This Night I’ll Possess Your Corpse (1967)

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Studio: Synapse

Theatrical Release: March 13, 1967 (Brazil)

DVD Release: January 31, 2017

Director: Jose Mojica Marins

Not Rated

Review by James Klein

Jose Mojica Marins’ follow up to his first Coffin Joe film, At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul follows immediately after the first film, even showing the events that took place at the film’s climax. 

Thought to be dead, Ze (played once again by Marins) is in the hospital being looked at by doctors. He even goes on trial for the death’s he committed but is allowed to walk free due to unsubstantial evidence. As his bandages are unwrapped and Ze laughs manically at the camera, the title card is presented and the further adventures of Ze continues. 

Traveling to a new town, Ze and his deformed hunchback assistant Bruno (Jose Lobo) aids Ze into helping him find the perfect woman to bare his child. While Ze has a bad reputation as soon as he comes into town, he is still able to pull off the kidnapping of six women and lure them into his lair where he begins his “interview” process. As the women sleep, he releases several tarantula’s into their room to see who would be scared and who wouldn’t be (this scene will be nerve-wracking for those of you with arachnophobia as these were real tarantula’s that were used for the film, no CGI or rubber spiders were used). Ze even gives Bruno one of the frightened women as a gift, since she failed to show courage. Thinking he found his woman, he does the same thing again with these poor ladies as he traps them inside a well and releases several snakes upon them until they are all killed. However, Ze’s woman does break and disappoints him as she is frightened of the man. Ze eventually disposes of her, still in need to find his bride. 

The Colonel of the town tries to warn the townspeople that Ze is responsible for the disappearances of these women but like before, has no proof. However it is the Colonel’s daughter Laura (Tina Wohlers) whose just as nuts and sick like Ze, detesting God and all those who follow Him. Ze falls head over heels as she does him, and vows to give Ze the perfect son that will carry his bloodline. Laura still stays with Ze after her brother is bribed and killed by by him as he drops a boulder on his skull, thus causing the Colonel to lose his marbles and vows revenge on the man who has taken his son and now his daughter. 

Ze though isn’t without his own grief when he finds out that one of the women that was killed by the snakes was pregnant with child. Believing that children are the only beings that are pure, Ze starts to hallucinate and has nightmares about being taken down to Hell for his crimes. While I feel this would have been a perfect ending , This Night I’ll Possess Your Corpse overstays it’s welcome by continuing for another 30 minutes as the town people with torches ala Frankenstein chase Ze into the swamps where he suddenly embraces God for the mistakes he’s done before he meets his demise. 

While this sequel has a more straight-forward plot along with keeping the same atmosphere and tone as the original film, This Night I’ll Possess Your Corpse is just too long and has a laughable and silly climax that leaves viewers scratching their heads wondering why Ze suddenly changes his tune so fast. Shot in black and white, the sequence with Ze in Hell was shot in color with a different film stock, giving this sequence such a nightmarish and colorful quality. For a film made in 1967, this sequence is startling for it’s use of graphic violence and nudity as we see walls covered in body parts and naked men and women being stabbed by pitch forks. This would have made a perfect ending for the film but alas it was only the start of the third act. A missed opportunity. 

Regardless of the film’s flaws, This Night I’ll Possess Your Corpse is still a creepy horror film and Marins once again plays Ze with such relish and energy, it’s hard to take your eyes off this man. 

Synapse’s DVD release looks decent for the most part but suffers from print damage that may disappoint viewers. I feel the film’s condition adds to the spooky atmosphere but I know I am in the minority. Like At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul, this suffers from the same scratches and jump cuts and even comes off as blurry from time to time. The 2.0 mono soundtrack is fine – in fact it sounds better than the first film but that is because this production had a higher budget, resulting in a much more clear and crisp soundtrack. 

The special features are pretty decent. There is a all too brief making of featurette which is just an interview with a now very old Marins. I find it hard to look at this man’s hands as his extremely long fingernails turns my stomach. Still, his thoughts on the film along with some interesting stories (one of the snakes was strangling one of the actresses) make this featurette a must-see. There is a tour by Marins himself at the Coffin Joe Museum, discussing all the props and movie posters. I couldn’t help but laugh when he comes by a large sculpture of Pumpkinhead and Predator and didn’t know what to say about them. There is an older interview with Marins who discusses his films and an even older 30 minute featurette about his films that looks like it was made in the 70’s. The DVD can be played with or without a new introduction by Marins (the introduction is just him with a bunch of women and doesn’t provide any insight, in fact it’s pretty stupid). Aside from the original theatrical trailer there is also a photo gallery. 

While not quite as good as the original film, This Night I’ll Possess Your Corpse (I hate writing this title but do love the actual title) is a fairly decent follow up to his debut horror At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul. Fans should not be disappointed. 

Movie Rating: ★★★½☆ 

DVD Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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