José Mojica Marins (born March 13, 1936) is a Brazilian filmmaker, director/actor, screenwriter, television and media personality. Marins is also known by his alter ego Coffin Joe (the loose translation of Zé do Caixão). Although Marins is known primarily as a horror film director, his earlier works were westerns, drama, and adventure films. In the 1980’s he became a prominent exploitation film director, including films in the pornochanchada genre, which were soft-core sex-comedies popular in Brazil at that time.
Coffin Joe is the English equivalent of Zé do Caixão. Marins created the character in 1963 for the film At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul. The character went on to appear in many more films and as the character gained popularity he has portrayed and used the Coffin Joe persona in television programs, songs, music videos, and comic books.
Although rarely mentioned in the films, Coffin Joe’s true name is Josefel Zanatas. Marins gives an explanation for the… read more