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The Dry Body
Brazilian title Corpo Seco
O Corpo Seco
Directed by José Mojica Marins
Produced by
Written by
Music by
Genre Horror
Release date 2011 (proposed)
Country Brazil
Language Portuguese
Preceded by
Followed by

Corpo Seco (en: The Dry Body) is reportedly the working title of a proposed film by José Mojica Marins[1]. The film, based on a Brazilian legend, is reported to have a script ready and the production budget is $ 2.5 million. Filming began in September, in Pouso Alegre, to be released in 2011[2].


A lenda do corpo seco

Book cover: The Legend of the Dry Body by Mariângela Padilha

The movie's plot is reportedly based on the children's book The Legend of the Dry Body written by Mariângela Padilha, mixing accounts of city residents with fiction, but adapted for adult audiences[3].

An evil man who spent a life of violence toward others, including his mother, dies and is buried. After death, he is rejected not only by God and the Devil, but also the ground in which he is buried. He inhabits trees, which kills them, as he waits for passers-by who he attacks to consume their blood.

"The idea is to tell the story of the Dry Body, a being of evil, to be defeated by Coffin Joe[4]."--Marins

The legend of Corpo-SecoEdit

Corpo-Seco, according to legend, is a man who spent his life beating his mother. When he died, he was rejected not only by God and the Devil, but the ground in which he is buried. When the ground becomes disgusted by his presence, he rose to the surface, dry and rotten, and lives clinging to trees that are then become dead and dry.

Within São Paulo, a variant of this legend says that when a person is close to the dry body, it jumps on you and sucks all your blood. If any person does not pass he will die, because it feeds on human blood (similar a vampire). There are also reports of dry body in the state of Parana, Santa Catarina, Minas Gerais, in some African countries of Portuguese, Brazilian soldiers reported by veterans of the mission UNAVEM III and in the Midwest, mostly.

To date, there is the popular saying: "He Who beats his mother is left with the dried, withered hand[5]."


  1. Coffin Joe Returning to the Screen in 2011 (Brazil) Retrieved March 10, 2010
  2. Coffin Joe Returning to the Screen in 2011 Universo Fantástico. Retrieved March 10, 2010
  3. Coffin Joe Returning to the Screen in 2011 (Brazil). Retrieved March 10, 2010
  4. The Legend of the Dry Body Retrieved March 10, 2010
  5. Corpo-seco Portuguese Wikipedia. Retrieved March 10, 2010

External linksEdit

  The films of José Mojica Marins

At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul  •  A Praga  •   Adventurer's Fate  •  Awakening of the Beast  •  Embodiment of Evil  •  End of Man  •  Hellish Flesh
Hallucinations of a Deranged Mind  •  Fifth Dimension of Sex  •  D'Gajao Kills to Avenge  •  Demons and Wonders  •  Dr. Frank in the Fetish Clinic
Fatal Hours  •   God's Sentence  •  How to Console Widows  •  My Destiny in Your Hands  •  Perversion  •  The Virgin and the Macho Man
The Strange World of Coffin Joe  •  The Woman Who Made Doves Fly  •   The Prophet of Hunger  •  The Devil of Old Town  •   Strange Hostel of Pleasures
The Bloody Exorcism of Coffin Joe  •  The Marble Goddess  •  The Hour of Fear  •   This Night I'll Possess Your Corpse  •  Trilogy of Terror
Sex and Blood in the Trail of the Treasure  •  Women of the Violent Sex  •  When the Gods Fall Asleep

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