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In A Glass Cage [Blu-ray] (1987)

Gunter Meisner , David Sust , Agusti Villaronga  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Gunter Meisner, David Sust
  • Directors: Agusti Villaronga
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Cult Epics
  • DVD Release Date: November 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005DKS1T4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,605 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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IN A GLASS CAGE tells the story of an ex-Nazi sadistic child abuser named Klaus (Gunter Meisner) who is paralyzed and depending on an iron lung to live. A young man named Angelo (David Sust) who comes to nurse him was one of his victims years before. IN A GLASS CAGE was inspired by the true story of 15th Century French knight Gilles de Rais. IN A GLASS CAGE, a psychological horror thriller is considered Agusti Villaronga's Masterpiece.

Special Features:
  • New Restored High Definition Transfer
  • Featurette: Agusti Villaronga (2011)
  • Q&A With Agusti Villaronga (2010)
  • Includes Short Films: Anta Mujer (1976)
  • Laberint (1980)
  • Al Mayurca (1980)

Editorial Reviews

Klaus (Günter Meisner of The Boys of Brazil) is an ex-Nazi, a doctor whose war-time post in a concentration camp enabled him to commit the most appalling sex crimes against boys. After the war, living incognito in Spain, he again gives in to his depraved desires, until shame and despair drive him to an unsuccessful suicide attempt. Now confined to his room and kept alive on an iron lung, he is ministered to by his resentful wife Griselda (Marisa Paredes of All About my Mother) and her daughter Rena (Gisela Echevarina). Into this environment comes Angelo (David Sust), a strange, handsome young man who offers his services as a nurse. Against Griselda's judgment, Klaus insists that the visitor be allowed to take the post. A perverse relationship develops between Angelo and Klaus, becoming ever more macabre as Angelo reveals he has found diaries detailing his employer's war-time activities. Words turn to deeds, Klaus's shame turns once again to desire, and a new spate of killings begin.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For Those Of You Seeking Uncompromising Cinema, March 17, 2005
In A Glass Cage is a piece of work that should not be overlooked. When I saw the film Apt Pupil, I thought it was a decent film with some superb acting, but sadly I felt Hollywood had watered the movie down when it came to portraying the Nazi mentality, decadence, cycle of abuse, and cruelty. After viewing In A Glass Cage, I had finally seen what the other film could have become if it were not for Hollywood politics, and since then I have kept an ever closer eye on foreign cinema.

In A Glass Cage is a both a tale of mental decay and revenge. This story revolves around a German family that has relocated to isolation in Spain after the fall of the 3rd Reich, and a young man(Angelo), who as a child was abused by the patriarch of the family, Klaus; a former SS officer. Angelo has tracked Klaus down, and catches him committing another brutal act against a youth. Klaus' brutal act sends Klaus over the mental edge, and in a fit of despair, he makes a failed suicide bid, confining him to an Iron Lung with glass windows(the Glass Cage). Angelo, having gathered some sensitive journals depicting Klaus' crimes, uses this and his past with Klaus to coerce Klaus into allowing Angelo into the household to "care" for the paralyzed and helpless Klaus.

Angelo quickly begins corrupting the family, gaining the daughter's affections and simultaneously gaining the abhorance of the family matriarch, while keeping Klaus on edge by making him relive the atrocities he has tried to escape. At first Angelo does this through reading the journals of atrocities to Klaus, and eventually Angelo descends deeper into madness, and begins committing atrocities of his own. Starting with the matriarch of the house, Angelo begins to kill, and he quickly moves on to children like is described in the journals he reads.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the most disturbing movie you'll ever see August 13, 2003
I saw this movie at a midnight screening in New York City about ten years ago expecting a movie loaded with blood and dismemberments. Instead, I got a movie lacking in gore, but high on psychological horror.
The movie is about Klaus, a Nazi war criminal and child molester exiled in Spain with his family, who ends up confined to an iron lung (a huge metal and glass breathing aparatus, the "glass cage" of the title). One day, a young man named Angelo shows up at his home demanding a private meeting with him. Against his wife's wishes, Klaus agrees to see Angelo, who walks out of the meeting with a new position as Klaus's live-in caretaker. He soon takes over the household and reveals his true reason for being there: Angelo had been one of Klaus's victims as a child, but rather than returning to exact revenge, he wants to learn from Klaus and reenact his atrocities.
The movie doesn't have any explicit gore, but it doesn't flinch at other disturbing visuals either. While most films that feature child murders only allude to them and have the crimes occur offscreen, director Agustín Villaronga doesn't hesitate to show a little boy's throat being sliced. More disturbing than any of the child murders, though, is how Angelo gains complete control of the household, including the full trust of Klaus's young daughter. It's the thought of evil having such seductive power that will haunt you long after the credits roll.
This movie is clearly not for everybody, and fans of mainstream cinema will likely brand this exploitation, but for those with a strong stomach and a taste for something different, this horror classic, long overdue on DVD, will be a real treat.
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4.0 out of 5 stars SICK arthouse-shocker November 18, 2003
IN A GLASS CAGE is an obscure and rather hard to stomach Spanish (kind of) arthouse horror movie. It has a rather bad reputation for being one of the most disturbing movies ever committed to celluloid and when I did some online research prior to placing my order on amazon's website I found lots of stories of whole audience walk-outs durings screenings of the film.
While I personally think that the film does not exactly live up to his bad reputation and feel that the shock value is a bit overrated (admittedly this could be due to my familarity with the plot prior to watching it) make no mistake about it: Most people will find story and events in this movie completely revolting and disgusting. I kidd you not.
IN A GLASS CAGE's story concerns Klaus, a paedophile and former Nazi concentration camp doctor who had conducted horrifying experiments on children during the war. Confined helplessly to an iron lung (the glass cage of the title) after a failed suicide attempt, he lives with his wife Griselda and daughter Rena very isolated in exile in Spain. One day, a young man blackmails Klaus in order to be hired as a nurse. It is obvious that the intruder does not simply wants a job and Klaus' past is linked to this young man...What unfolds is an horrifying tale about the attraction of evil and a cycle of ever repeating abuse and terror.
While the film is not overly graphic in its murder scenes, the film is often quite hard to watch, most notably when Angelo stabs a young boy with a gasolene filled syringe in the heart. However what is far more shocking is the sickness of the movie's theme of child abuse. It has to be said however that IN A GLASS CAGE is not a nasty horror film, exploiting a serious issue for questionable entertainment value.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I didn't understand what was going on!
Published 2 months ago by Jonathon Thorpe
5.0 out of 5 stars An unflinching gaze into the abyss of human corruption
In a Glass Cage" has to be one of the most disturbing horror films ever made.The film is extremely intense and so incredibly depressing and powerful in its honest depiction of... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Alexander G.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Child's Revenge.
This is a dark story of a boy's revenge on a predator. I looked at this film twice to get all the nuances in the film and put all bthe pieces together. This was worth nthe money.
Published 20 months ago by Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars Grueling...
I watch a lot of horror, suspense and psycho-thriller types of films. This one was a hard one to get through. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Guy Bombardo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Edition
This special edition has a lot of advantages: the main film itself on disc 1 is OK; good picture quality and subtitles not hardcoded. Read more
Published on January 22, 2012 by ljml46
Banned in Australia for almost 28 years despite several attempts (even recently) to get it classified. Read more
Published on November 7, 2011 by Peter M
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating
I ordered this movie after seeing it on several lists of the most disturbing films of all time. Last night I viewed this film in amazement at the perfect balance that was reached... Read more
Published on April 18, 2010 by Melanie C. Meyer
5.0 out of 5 stars A dark work of art.
I will not writte a 20 page review. However, I will say that if you enjoy dark and shoking films this one is for you.
Published on January 9, 2010 by TzarJoel
5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply startling and terrifying
This is a very unpleasant picture, yet it takes it's subject matter seriously and doesn't camp it up or sugarcoat the disturbing material. Read more
Published on October 2, 2009 by Tristan
4.0 out of 5 stars Psychological horror way too dark too fathom
If IN A GLASS CAGE was a simple revenge flick, it would offer a small glimmer of hope for the viewer to cling to. No such luck here. Read more
Published on January 19, 2009 by C. Christopher Blackshere
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