facebook twitter youtube

Fantasia Film Festival 2020: At Midnight, I'll Take Your Soul

Fantasia Film Festival 2020: At Midnight, I'll Take Your Soul

By Michael Miranda

I am reviewing movies for the Fantasia Film Festival, and the first movie I chose was “At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul.” It’s a Brazilian classic horror film made in 1964, and it follows a man named Joe who is a Gravedigger by trade in a small and overly superstitious town.  I really enjoyed the cinematography, it was all black and white, and even the score hearkened back to the older horror films.  But, honestly, those are the nicest things I have to say about the movie. 

I’ll try to excuse a lot of what I watched because I don’t understand the sociopolitical spectrum in Brazil at the time this film was made, and I appreciate that the director did everything in his power to bring his vision to light.  But the movie really isn’t that great.  

Joe is drawn as a gross and garish caricature of atheism, and to coincide with that, he’s almost certainly a psychopath, and everyone in the town knows it.  It’s campy how outlandish and cartoonish the characterizations are, just not in the funny and enjoyable way.  The character development is nonexistent except to show that Joe is just a majorly horrible person.  

But that’s the only character development and trait we see for the duration of the film, and even the people he interacts with are just cardboard cutouts, used solely for the purpose of propelling Joe’s story.  The only issue is, he doesn’t have one.  He’s mean, nasty, entitled, sexist, and a whole slew of other things I can’t even think of right now.  Overall, he was not an enjoyable character and I struggled all day to get through this movie.  

Look, if you’re into nostalgia horror, you’ll like it, it’d be a fun movie for those into that sort of garish, over the top, annoying camo in their horror.  But if you are looking for a solid horror movie with interesting character development, a decent plot, and interesting dialogue – this is not the film you are looking for.

© Copyright 2015 - Comic book nerds are hot. All Rights Reserved
All trademarks are properties of their respective owners. Web Design by Adeo