This week, we go south of the border to sunny South America!
A true pioneer in outsider cinema, Jose Mojica Marins fought both poverty and governmental censure to create and release his homegrown cinema of philosophical and literal transgression, using throwaway celluloid short ends and scratching "special effects" directly on the emulsion to bring his uniquely Nietzchean anticlerical Xe do Caixao (better known on these shores as Coffin Joe) and faux-messianic madman Finis Hominis to an outraged (but fascinated) citizenry!
Allegedly (re)discovered by and granted his English language moniker by none other than Something Weird impresario Mike Vraney, their VHS reissues of these forgotten early 60's-mid 70's pieces of art maudit brought what had been an exclusively South American boogeyman (complete with a series of horror comics hosted by and featuring him) to a somewhat controversial international attention!
We'll also be moving further south to chat about free spirited zaftig Argentinian hot tamale Isabel Sarli and her enabler Armando Bo (Fuego), and the quirky sex-horror of Emilio Vieyra (Feast of Flesh/The Deadly Organ, Blood of the Virgins, Curious Dr. Humpp)!
It's a party down South of the Border, only here on Weird Scenes Inside the Goldmine!
Cinema South of the Border - Coffin Joe, Emilio Vieyra and Isabel Sarli