The Strange Hostel of Naked Pleasures

Infobox Film
name = The Strange Hostel of Naked Pleasures

caption = DVD cover
director = Marcelo Motta
Jose Mojica Marins (uncredited)
producer = Jose Mojica Marins
writer = Jose Mojica Marins
Rubens Francisco Luchetti
starring = Jose Mojica Marins
music =
cinematography = Giorgio Attili
editing = Nilcemar Leyart
distributor =
released = October 16, 1976
runtime = 81 min
country = BRA
language = Portuguese
budget =
preceded_by = "Mulheres do Sexo Violento"
followed_by = "Inferno Carnal"
website =
amg_id =
imdb_id = 0074499

"The Strange Hostel of Naked Pleasures " (original title: "Estranha Hospedaria dos Prazeres") is a 1976 Brazilian film by Brazilian horror director José Mojica Marins. Marins is also known by his alter ego Zé do Caixão (in English, Coffin Joe). The film features Coffin Joe as the main character, although it is not part of the "Coffin Joe trilogy" ("At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul", "This Night I Will Possess Your Corpse", and "Embodiment of Evil").cite web|url=|title=Estranha Hospedaria dos Prazeres|publisher=IMDb|language=English|accessdate=2008-07-05]

The film was written by Marins and the bulk of the film directed by Marcelo Motta as a favor to the busy Marins, although Marins maintained control over certain scenes. The film was produced on a low budget and is filmed in that style, which at that time in Brazilian cinema was known as "Boca do Lixo", or Mouth of Garbage Cinema.cite web|url=|title=The Aesthetics of Hunger and the Flowers of Evil|last=Kramer|first=Jennifer|date=03/23/2007||pages=1|language=English|accessdate=2008-06-14] The film features simple yet gruesome visual and audio effects. The audio track consists of bizarre stock sound clips, surreal noises, screams and vocal utterances. Scenes of death are presented in grim tableaux of trauma, mutilation, and open-eyed corpses. When characters are shot in the head, fireworks fly from their wounds and pastel blood splashes the camera lens.


The film opens with a surreal sequence of dancing women, monkey-like figures fearing lightning, and native Brazilian drummers. An old man begins chanting over a closed coffin. The coffin opens and a man rises. He has all the appearance of Coffin Joe with a top hat, cape, and long fingernails.

In an isolated inn called "Hospedaria dos Prazeres" (Hostel of Pleasures), the mysterious proprietor advertises for employees to serve his guests while they stay the night of a tempestuous storm. As the storm gathers and night falls, various people begin to show up. The proprietor allows some to stay while informing others that there are no vacancies, to their obvious displeasure because of the severity of the storm. A wealthy patron who is turned away vows to get the police. The guest book is already filled with the names of the permitted guests before they arrive; they include a group of drunken and promiscuous bohemian motorcyclists, an adulterous couple, a suicidal man, an amorous couple, a group of thieves who just finished a robbery, and some gambling businessmen preparing a deal to bankrupt a competitor. The number of guests is twelve.

As the night passes, the guests continue with their assorted activities. In the early morning, they all notice that their watches all display midnight and wonder how time has stopped. When they question the proprietor, they are all presented with gruesome scenes of their dead bodies, revealing that their deaths occurred prior to midnight in the storm. The motorcyclists are shown as dead and mutilated victims of a massive drink-driving accident. The thieves are shown shot dead by police after the robbery. The corrupt businessmen are charred victims of arson. The proprietor then says: "Let my death be your resurrection".

The scene switches to daytime, and the wealthy man returns to the site of the hostel with the police. Rather that the hostel, there is a cemetery with a funeral in progress. Laughing off the incident as confusion, the man and police leave. The funeral is then shown to consist of twelve mourners, and the coffin is the same from which the hostel proprietor rises at the beginning of the film.


*Jose Mojica Marins
*Rosalvo Hunter
*Marizeth Baumgartem
*Luzia Zaracausca
*Alfredo de Almeida
*Enirciley Nunes
*David Hungarian
*Jorge Peres
*Giulio Aurichio
*Maria Helena


External links

*imdb title|id=0074499|title= The Strange Hostel of Naked Pleasures
*imdb name|id=0596261|name=José Mojica Marins
* "Estranha Hospedaria dos Prazeres" at [ O Estranho Mundo do Zé do Caixão] (Official site) pt icon

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