On November 9, 1964, À Meia-Noite Levarei Sua Alma ( At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul ) premiered in São Paulo at the Cine Art-Palácio. Costing less than $6,000 to make, the low-budget movie was the result of José Mojica Marins’s long-lasting ambition: to craft the first truly Brazilian horror movie. To finance his project, the twenty-seven-year-old filmmaker collected donations from friends and family, employed unknown actors, used his own clothes as props, and doubled as protagonist and director. A labor of love as much as a familial enterprise, At Midnight became the most controversial DIY horror film produced in Brazil.