In a Glass Cage [Blu-ray]  [US Import]
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Films such as Pier Paolo Pasolini's almost unwatchable yet fascinating Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975) comes to mind, as does Andrzej Zulawski's 1981 existential monster film, Possession. Both of these worthwhile films were firmly in the realm of the "intelligent" art-house take on the horror genre. Although both films aimed to repulse, horrify, outrage, and disturb the viewer, Pasolini and Zulawski were nevertheless not making straight horror films. Their objectives were to spur one to political action or to turn inward and examine the political crises within, so to speak. The films of David Lynch are also firmly within this art-house sub-genre, although he embraces the conventions of the genre more so than not.
In a Glass Cage, while not a full-fledged horror film, is a more slippery and tricky film to pin down. Yes, its pedigree is with the art-house Transgressives, but Villaronga's film is far too vicious, as it gleefully wallows in cinematic perversity, to remain an art-house Transgressive without stirring up some serious second thoughts. In many ways it's a lot closer to Michael Powell's Peeping Tom (1960), John McNaughton's Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986), and the films of Jorg Buttgereit among others, than it is to its art-house kindred. It works better as a straight horror film than it does a meditation on sexual perversity.Read more ›
Thankfully,there are only two scenes of actual murder on-screen(I don't think I could have managed much more)and one very brief sexual act.Without doubt the two murder scenes are the most gruelling and upsetting scenes I have ever witnessed on film(especially the first one).I couldn't actually watch these in their entirety and was crying the whole time.The scenes are so well acted that you can lose yourself in the illusion and look past the performances so you become a fly on the wall and feel like you are actually watching this really happen(the way proper acting SHOULD make you feel).When I was watching these scenes,I was transported to a room with Myra Hindley,so the fear etched on that first child's face made me beakdown,as I imagined that's what it must have been like for Hindley's victims.It is enough to send a shiver up your spine.
In A Glass Cage is an intensely dark film,about as dark as they come and a legitamately shocking piece of work.However it is much more than that.It is a daring,brutally honest and unflinching gaze into the heart of pure evil,a morbidly fascinating work that is perfectly made and impeccably acted(even the young children are scarily realistic in their roles as victims).But it is very confrontational and at times nearly impossible to watch.Read more ›
The blu-ray from Cult Epics is region free and is a huge improvement over their original DVD release. The 1080HD transfer is brighter, more colourful, more natural. It's also 16x9 enhanced. There are new extras too including a new interview with director Agusti Villaronga, a 40 minute featurette with Villaronga and early short films by him.
For those that can stomach it, this is the definitive release of In A Glass Cage.
The nurse however, secretly worships the nazi for the tortures he performed on young boys during the war, and wants to re-enact them himself, whilst the old guy watches and gets off sexually on the murder and mayhem.
Sick and horrible, this film is beautifully filmed and acted, and as with all art horror movies, it gets away with it's vile subject matter by presenting it in a subtle and stylised way.
Still depressing and unpleasant to watch. It's power to shock is undeniable.
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