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A Praga
A Praga
Brazilian title '
Directed by José Mojica Marins
Produced by José Mojica Marins
Written by José Mojica Marins
Music by
Genre Horror
Release date 1980
Country Brazil
Length 80 min
Language Portuguese
Preceded by
Followed by

A Praga (1980) is a Brazilian horror film written and directed by José Mojica Marins. The film was re-mastered and finished in 2007, yet remains commercially unreleased.[1][2]

The film was mostly shot in Super-8 in 1980, but the footage was shelved due to lack of resources to finish it. During the preparations of a major retrospective of his work that took place in São Paulo, Brazil in 2007, for which brand new 35 mm film prints of no less than 25 films were made, Mojica and producer Eugenio Puppo decided to finish the film. Puppo put together the raw material, shot additional scenes, recovered the audio using lip reading, edited and supervised the post-production process, and the result was shown to those who attended the retrospective. Puppo and Mojica are now looking for a way to transfer the film to 35mm. A Praga is expected to travel around international festivals.[3][4]

The story originally appeared in issue #1 of the comic book series The Strange World of Coffin Joe.


Young couple Juvenal and Mariana go on a trip and Juvenal unknowingly takes some pictures of a strange elderly lady (played by the late Wanda Kosmo) who is eventually revealed to be a sinister witch. The witch then places a curse on the man for photographing her. A wound begins to open in his side which has an agonizing hunger for raw meat which he must constantly feed in order to stop the burning pain. Perplexing his doctors, Juvenal's wound becomes hungrier as the film progresses, the man becomes delirious and murders his wife, thinking she will leave him because of his condition. The witch then reappears and coaxes him into feeding the wound with the body of his dead wife. The separate skeletons of the couple are discovered lying next to each other by police months later.


  • Felipe as Juvenal
  • Sílvia Gless as Mariana
  • Wanda Kosmo as The Witch


thumb|250px|left|New opening-title graphics in the restored and finished version


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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