“Sarcófago Macabro is the second act of O Segredo da Múmia (1982) and is about the crazy Professor Expedicto Vitus, the legendary character played by the great Brazilian actor Wilson Grey. The professor isn’t just a mad scientist, he’s also the leader of a powerful organization of Nazi spies who have helped numerous criminals of the Third Reich escape to Latin America, disguising them as innocent mummies inside comfortable sarcophagi… Including Adolf Hitler himself, who is supposedly living in Argentina. The film is a tribute to the American TV series that I used to watch as a boy during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Films like The Twilight Zone, The Bengal Lancers, The Naked City, Maverick, Thriller, The Fugitive, Bat Masterson, Invaders, Lost in Space, The Three Musketeers, Wyatt Earp, The Adventures of Superman, The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, Bonanza, Tarzan, Batman, The Claw Monsters, The Untouchables and, above all, Route 66, the program that more than any other taught me how to make cinema…” (I. Cardoso)
Ivan Cardoso (Rio de Janeiro, 1952), photographer and artist, decided to dedicate himself to cinema after seeing O Bandido da Luz Vermelha (1968) by Rogério Sganzerla. During the early 1970s he put his photographic activity at the service of the Tropicalism movement, creating the covers for albums by Gal Costa and Caetano Veloso and illustrating books by Waly Salomão, Torquato Neto, Augusto and Haroldo de Campos. After directing many short films in Super8, in 1982 he made his first full-length fiction film, O Segredo da Múmia, with which he created a new genre, “ terrir,” a mixture of comedy and horror.
Alô Alô Cinédia (cm, 1973), Moreira da Silva (cm, 1973), Museu Goeldi (cm, 1974), Teasarama (cm, 1975), Ruínas de Murucutu (cm, 1976), O Universo de Mojica Marins (cm, 1978), Dr. Dyonélio (cm, 1978), Ho (cm, 1979), Domingo de Ramos (cm, 1981), O Segredo da Múmia (1982), Os Bons Tempos Voltaram: Vamos Gozar Outra Vez (1983), A História de um Olho (1986), As Sete Vampiras (1986), O Escorpião Escarlate (1991), Sexo, Drogas e Rock’n’Roll (cm, 1999), Um Lobisomem na Amazônia (2005), Heliorama (cm, 2005), Marca do Terrir (2005), Sarcófago Macabro (mm, 2006)