"Embodiment of Evil (2008/Blu-ray/Synapse Films)" Review

Review: After nearly 40 years the Coffin Joe trilogy has finally been concluded with Embodiment of Evil. Sadly I have not had the pleasure of seeing the other 2 films yet, but I can say with this chapter in the trilogy you really don't need to see others to get what all is going on because there is a few flashbacks that are scenes from the other films that help to give an understanding about Coffin Joe and what his story is all about. On a side note after viewing this one I will be hunting the others down. This film takes place 40 years after "This Night I'll Possess Your Corpse(1967)"and Coffin Joe is just getting out of jail and he is starting up his search for the perfect woman to give him the perfect child and along his search he will have to deal with visions of past victims as well as one who is alive and out for revenge.

 Normally in a horror film most people would go for the good guy hoping he stops the monster or killer from succeeding, but in this film I personally found myself rooting for Coffin Joe to succeed. He is such a likable character in my eyes and every time he was on screen I couldn't help but be enthralled by his character. As far as the plot and story went I really liked how it wasn't just boring film about a cult trying invoke demons instead you get a film about a diabolical undertaker who is trying to create the perfect child and along the way you get pulled into beautifully deranged scenes of Coffin Joe fucking a beautiful women as they are both buried in a flood of blood as well as scene where Coffin Joe is in a place very much like purgatory where these deformed people are fighting to eat rotten flesh. Those scenes mixed with the scenes of torture and gore helped round off this film to make it an awesome viewing experience.
 Now I must say that as much as I loved this film I cannot recommend it to every horror fan because even though it does have a good classic horror film feel to it at the same time it in ways does have a little of an off beat feel to it as well.  At times I thought that the film was going to stray away from Coffin Joe too much, but the good thing is that you see a ton of him and he isn't over shadowed by the other characters surrounding him. Overall this was a really awesome film that I can say is one of my favorite releases of this year and will be one I will watch over and over again! Once again this is another great release from Synapse!

-Daniel "Damnation" Lee

Director: Jose Mojica Marins
Genre: Horror
DVD Release Year: 2011
Theatrical Release Year: 2008
Time Length: 94 mins.
Company: Synapse Films