The final leg of multihyphenate Jose Mojica Marins’ trilogy on insane serial killer Coffin Joe, “Embodiment of Evil” is trash horror cinema to the max. A pop-culture icon in Brazil, Coffin Joe has obsessed thesp-writer-producer-helmer Marins for more than 40 years, and the 72-year-old filmmaker piles everything into one last roll of the dice. Grungy-looking, distasteful gorefest, riffing on the whole spectrum of horror movies, is for hardcore genre addicts only and made a questionable entry, to say the least, in a Venice out-of-competition slot.
After 40 years in a hellish lockup where he’s murdered 30 more people, Josefel Zanatas (Marins), aka Coffin Joe, is inexplicably set free in contempo Sao Paulo. Garbed in a cape and top hat, and with grotesquely long fingernails, he hooks up with faithful hunchbacked assistant Bruno (Rui Rezende) and sets out to continue his evil bloodline by finding a “superior woman” — basically an excuse for a series of torture, mutilation and cannibalism scenes with naked cuties. Meanwhile, he’s pursued by vengeful, one-eyed cop Miro (Jece Valadao). Dialogue is of the “I want to hear the music of your death” variety; tech package is so-so.