Corrie Class Trip 4.0 #10: At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul (Sat. 11/23)

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Corrie Class Trip 4.0 #10: At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul (Sat. 11/23)

Post by Popcorn Reviews » Fri Nov 15, 2019 5:06 pm

Saturday, November 23, 2019
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At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul (José Mojica Marins, 1964)
IMDb wrote:A gravedigger prowls the city in search of a female to bear him a son.
Past Trips, Senior Year:

#1 - Ex Drummer (2007, Koen Mortier, Belgium) | Slentert
#2 - The Territory (1981, Raul Ruiz, Portugal) | Rock
#3 - Wake In Fright (1971, Ted Kotcheff, Australia) | Popcorn Reviews
#4 - Night Must Fall (1964, Karel Reisz, UK) | Captain Terror
#5 - Fat Girl (2001, Catherine Breillat, France | Oxnard Montalvo
#6 - Marseille (2004, Angela Schanelec, Germany) | Oxnard Montalvo
#7 - Hunger (1966, Henning Carlson, Den/Swede) | Popcorn Reviews
#8 - Eden and After (1970, Alain Robbe-Grillet, France) | Jinnistan
#9 - Prospero's Books (1991, Peter Greenaway, United Kingdom) | Oxnard Montalvo


Past Trips, Junior Year:

#1 - La maternelle (1933, Jean Benoît-Lévy & Marie Epstein, France) | wigwam
#2 - Time and Winds (2006, Reha Erdem, Turkey) | Oxnard Montalvo
#3 - Clean, Shaven (1993, Lodge Kerrigan, USA) | Popcorn Reviews
#4 - Diabeł (1972, Andrzej Żuławski, Poland) | Oxnard Montalvo
#5 - Black Friday (2004, Anurag Kashyap, India) | Rock
#6 - Schizopolis (1996, Steven Soderbergh, USA) | Slentert
#7 - Hearts and Minds (1974, Peter Davis, USA) | Popcorn Reviews
#8 - Xtro (1982, Harry Bromley Davenport, UK) | crumbsroom
#9 - The House (1997, Šarūnas Bartas, France) | Oxnard Montalvo
#10 - Spider-Baby (1967, Jack Hill, USA) | Slentert
#11 - Oh Lucy! (2017, Atsuko Hirayanagi, Japan/USA) | Shieldmaiden
#12 - The Heartbreak Kid (1972, Elaine May, USA) | Jinnistan

Past Trips, Sophomore Year:

#1 - The Worthless (1982, Mika Kaurismäki, Finland) | snapper
#2 - Shopping for Fangs (1997, Quentin Lee and Justin Lin, USA) | takeshi
#3 - The Heart of the Wise Lives in the House of Sorrow (2009, Marin Malešević, Serbia) | Shieldmaiden
#4 - The Forbidden Quest (1993, Peter Delpeut, Netherlands) | kopello
#5 - São Bernardo (1972, Leon Hirszman, Brazil) | Bandy Greensacks
#6 - Evdokia (1971, Alexis Damianos, Greece) | Epistemophobia
#7 - The Ball at the Anjō House (1947, Kōzaburō Yoshimura, Japan) | snapper
#8 - Sérail (1976, Eduardo de Gregorio, France) | takeshi
#9 - Passport for a Corpse (1962, Mario Gariazzo, Italy) | JediMoonShyne
#10 - Aksuat (1997, Serik Aprimov, Kazakhstan) | Shieldmaiden
#11 - Dangerously Excited (2011, Koo, South Korea) | wigwam
#12 - Himala (1982, Ishmael Bernal, Philippines) | snapper

Past Trips, Freshman Year:

#1 - Distant Journey (1949, Alfréd Radok, Czechoslovakia) | snapper
#2 - Nanami: The Inferno of First Love (1968, Susumu Hani, Japan) | Das
#3 - The Policewoman (2003, Joaquim Sapinho, Portugal) | charulata
#4 - Freeze, Die, Come to Life! (1989, Vitali Kanevsky, USSR) | Bandy Greensacks
#5 - The Perfume of the Lady in Black (1974, Francesco Barilli, Italy) | Trip
#6 - Weddings and Babies (1958, Morris Engel, USA) | snapper
#7 - The Man with Three Coffins (1987, Lee Jang-ho, South Korea) | Notes from Underground
#8 - Malina (1991, Werner Schroeter, Germany) | Shieldmaiden
#9 - Bad Luck (1960, Andrzej Munk, Poland) | B-Side
#10 - The Girl with the Suitcase (1961, Valerio Zurlini, Italy) | JediMoonShyne
#11 - The Engagement of Anna (1972, Pantelis Voulgaris, Greece) | BandyGreensacks
#12 - Our Neighbor, Miss Yae (1934. Yasujirō Shimazu, Japan) | snapper
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Re: Corrie Class Trip 4.0 #10: At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul (Sat. 11/23)

Post by Oxnard Montalvo » Fri Nov 15, 2019 5:37 pm

:up:

and as always, I'll look for a back-up in case the YT link is taken down
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Post by Jinnistan » Fri Nov 15, 2019 7:54 pm

Midnight is a great slice of independent horror, but the diminishing returns of the subsequent Coffin Joe films takes a toll. Consider this a cautionary tale and end it on a high note.
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Post by Takoma1 » Fri Nov 15, 2019 9:29 pm

Heck yes.
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Re: Corrie Class Trip 4.0 #10: At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul (Sat. 11/23)

Post by Popcorn Reviews » Fri Nov 22, 2019 5:34 pm

This is just a reminder to myself and to the rest of you to watch this one tomorrow.
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Post by Popcorn Reviews » Sun Nov 24, 2019 8:50 am

I found this to be a pretty creepy film. Coffin Joe had a sinister physical presence, and I liked the feelings of intimidation he gave to the other people in the town throughout the film. I loved all the visual effects in the ending and even though it isn't particularly surprising, I don't think it was meant to be. Since it becomes clear during the film that the ending is an inevitability, I think the point is to have you anticipate it. The moment which stuck out the most for me was the long take of him yelling to the spirits and mocking them. In addition to how tense it is, it makes the
climactic scenes with him freaking out once he finally sees the ghosts much more memorable as we see that he isn't as brave as he was pretending to be.
8/10

Also, from what I read, apparently
he doesn't die at the end of this film and he comes back in the sequel without any scars or anything.
That doesn't make much of any sense, but I'll probably just take Jinnistan's advice and stop with the Coffin Joe films with this one.
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Post by Oxnard Montalvo » Sun Nov 24, 2019 10:55 am

because of all the sequels I was expecting some last minute twist where he would escape so the movie could thumb its nose at the supernatural and Coffin Joe could go back to being a destructive prick.

given that this movie came out at the beginning of the military dictatorship, is it facile to read some of that in the character of Coffin Joe? too bad he's the only character the movie follows throughout i.e. no Marilyn Burns/Jamie Lee Curtis/Heather Langenkamp/etc. for the audience to identify with.
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Post by Takoma1 » Sun Nov 24, 2019 7:26 pm

Oxnard Montalvo wrote:
Sun Nov 24, 2019 10:55 am
because of all the sequels I was expecting some last minute twist where he would escape so the movie could thumb its nose at the supernatural and Coffin Joe could go back to being a destructive prick.

given that this movie came out at the beginning of the military dictatorship, is it facile to read some of that in the character of Coffin Joe? too bad he's the only character the movie follows throughout i.e. no Marilyn Burns/Jamie Lee Curtis/Heather Langenkamp/etc. for the audience to identify with.
I think that the village as a whole almost serves as the "final girl".

This isn't a killer who just stalks pretty girls, this is a man who dominates a whole collection of people. His money and his ruthlessness make him untouchable and he takes full advantage.

I actually LOVE the speech given by the woman
who he beats up and rapes. I mean, it's pretty hardcore to be like "I'm going to kill myself just so that I can have the privilege of coming back to Earth and dragging your soul to hell". The best that can be done to take Joe down is sacrifice. If you think about it, none of the main secondary characters even survive, aside from Marta. There's something kind of cool and different about a film where every time you think you've spotted the person who will be the hero, Joe just brutally destroys them.
The way that Joe operates basically in plain site is a pretty chilling parallel to, as you mention, dictatorships or other situations where people have enough power and money that they barely need to conceal their misdeeds.

I also have no interest in the sequels. Everything I've read has made it sound like some of them are okay at best, and I'd rather leave the story where it ends with this film.
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Post by Rock » Mon Nov 25, 2019 5:11 am

I watched this a few years ago and remember being caught off guard that Joe didn't have supernatural powers of any kind (unless I'm misrembering) and was just a colossally shitty dude. The dictatorship metaphor you guys bring up is interesting.
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Post by Takoma1 » Mon Nov 25, 2019 11:35 pm

Rock wrote:
Mon Nov 25, 2019 5:11 am
I watched this a few years ago and remember being caught off guard that Joe didn't have supernatural powers of any kind (unless I'm misrembering) and was just a colossally shitty dude. The dictatorship metaphor you guys bring up is interesting.
Correct. The cape makes you think he'd be a hypnotist or a vampire or something. But the horror is just that he has enough power (and a dearth of conscience) to just do what he wants to people with little or no hesitation or even much of an effort to conceal his crimes.
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Post by Rock » Tue Nov 26, 2019 1:26 am

Takoma1 wrote:
Mon Nov 25, 2019 11:35 pm
Correct. The cape makes you think he'd be a hypnotist or a vampire or something. But the horror is just that he has enough power (and a dearth of conscience) to just do what he wants to people with little or no hesitation or even much of an effort to conceal his crimes.
The real horror is that he can wear a cape...AND NOBODY CAN SAY ANYTHING!!!!! :shock:
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Post by Takoma1 » Tue Nov 26, 2019 1:33 am

Rock wrote:
Tue Nov 26, 2019 1:26 am
The real horror is that he can wear a cape...AND NOBODY CAN SAY ANYTHING!!!!! :shock:
I'm sorry: would any of you like to say something about the cape? Or the top hat? Or the fact that I haven't trimmed my nails in ten years? No? That's what I thought.
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Post by Oxnard Montalvo » Tue Nov 26, 2019 2:42 pm

Takoma1 wrote:
Mon Nov 25, 2019 11:35 pm
Correct. The cape makes you think he'd be a hypnotist or a vampire or something. But the horror is just that he has enough power (and a dearth of conscience) to just do what he wants to people with little or no hesitation or even much of an effort to conceal his crimes.
I figured the cape and top hat made him at least a dandy, putting on airs so everyone knows he is more "refined" than you common peasants.
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Post by Takoma1 » Tue Nov 26, 2019 11:24 pm

Oxnard Montalvo wrote:
Tue Nov 26, 2019 2:42 pm
I figured the cape and top hat made him at least a dandy, putting on airs so everyone knows he is more "refined" than you common peasants.
It might be an aristocratic outfit, but there's such a lack of delicacy about him that it feels more like a costume.
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Post by Oxnard Montalvo » Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:16 am

Rock wrote:
Mon Nov 25, 2019 5:11 am
I watched this a few years ago and remember being caught off guard that Joe didn't have supernatural powers of any kind (unless I'm misrembering) and was just a colossally shitty dude.
and on the whole, I'll echo Rock in saying that what I found most distinctive about the movie was that the horror elements were all based around (to use modern parlance) toxic masculinity. that the supernatural ends up defeating him could be some expression of religion/spirituality as a cure to those ills. which is fine although that would mean in real life, you'd need a religion/spirituality not infected by that toxicity. or something like that.

but I always assume all horror movies are literalizing some idea or experience.
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