In a Glass Cage
Directed by Agustí Villaronga
A child-molesting Nazi in an iron lung is tormented by one of his victims, who poses as a nurse for the evil invalid. But Angelo's not just out for revenge, he's also looking to do something much, much darker. Agusti Villaronga's highly controversial Spanish thriller plumbs the depths of man's ability to inflict horror on others, and then dives even further down. Even John Waters, whose films featured singing rectums, and worse, called it, "The most shocking movie I've ever seen...I thought, this is going too far...I'm too scared to show it to my friends." (In Spanish with English Subtitles)
A child molesting Nazi in an iron lung is tormented by one of his victims.
Cast: Gunter Meisner, David Sust, Marisa Pardes
As a serious fan of extreme and disturbing films, I have to say, this one *definitely* deserves to be in the "extreme and disturbing" category. It's categorically *not* a gorefest that one watches for the so-called "cool kills." It's also not really a "revenge" film." If you go into this expecting to see a bloodbath, you will be disappointed. It *is* one of the most psychologically and emotionally brutal experiences that I've ever endured. By the end of this film, I wasn't cheering for any of the characters, and I honestly wanted to be alone, for a good while, to recover from what I had just seen. Why am I recommending it then? I'm recommending it, because "In A Glass Cage" is the most devestatingly powerful movie that I've ever seen about the damage of childhood sexual abuse on its victims, and about how the cycle of abuse is, sadly, sometimes perpetuated. This is not a fun movie in any way. It's not a good cinematic time to have with your spouse or friends. It is very, very disturbing and powerful though. I don't know if I will ever watch it again, but I will not forget it. Five out of five skulls.
I'm a serious fan of extreme and/or disturbing films, and this may just be the single most disturbing one that I've ever seen. People who go into it looking for a gorefest are going to be greatly disappointed and will probably ask (as one viewer does here), what, exactly, is so "extreme" about about this (supposedly) "slow" and "boring" movie? Well, what is so "extreme" about it is that it artistically portrays, in heart-sickening, soul-sickening ways, the merciless psychological brutality that childhood sexual abuse brings into the lives of its victims. It also shows, in blood-chilling ways, just to what terrible degrees some victims can then become abusers of others. "In A Glass Cage" is categorically *not* a violent slasher movie that one watches for the so-called "cool kills." It's a psychologically chilling film which shows the utter, unfortunately real-life, depths of human evil and depravity, as few other films do. I don't know if I can ever watch it again, but I'm glad that I did once. Five out of five skulls.
Disturbing and great!
How is this considered an Extreme film?! The subject matter is off putting I suppose but the whole movie is incredibly slow and boring.. i don't understand the ratings on this at all..
A nasty revenge film, sort of a precursor to Hard Candy in subject matter. Not a pleasant film.