Amanda steps into a limousine waiting to take her to a gala ceremony where she will receive a lifetime award for her acting career. Suddenly, the windows go dark, doors lock, and Amanda's phone is jammed. A strange, metallic voice tells her that she's trapped, and begins forcing her to do things that eat away at her self-respect and integrity. Will Amanda escape this diabolical game?
This is a suspenseful thriller. It has subtitles and I don't mind that. There are plot twists and turns and unexpected events, and the plot develops well and doesn't lag. It has some brutal and intense moments and I wouldn't call it an easy film to watch. It was definitely better than expected. For those who like watching disturbing movies, this is recommended.
One of the few great horror movies that's available on Prime. Paola Bontempi seems to have pulled off the entire movie by herself, in one space and it was still believable. Like other viewers, in the middle I found the plot a bit far fetched and the English translation a bit weak, but it wasn't enough to influence how I felt about the movie.
Excellent film, use your subtitle option as it is in Spanish. Any time there is such a limited cast, you either have to knock it out of the park or fail miserably. There are only ever three characters seen on screen, and the lead actress gives an amazing performance. Highly recommended for lovers of foreign film and dark, psychological drama.
A little out there is the impression this film left on me. It was a bit edgy. I felt it could have ended better. I would not think of this film first if a friend asked me to tell them a good movie to watch though. It did make me keep asking, "What is going to happen next?"
“The Glass Coffin” is a horror thriller set in a single location — the inside of a limousine. Dressed in an elegant evening dress, Amanda (Paola Bontempi) enters the huge, luxurious limousine waiting in front of her house to take her to the gala where she will receive a prize for her acting career. Suddenly, the windows are tinted black, Amanda’s cell phone is disabled, and she cannot open any of the doors. And then a voice, distorted by a filter, starts a series of lurid, invasive and shocking commands that slowly eat away at her self-respect and integrity. Trapped inside her glass coffin, Amanda must do whatever the sinister voice asks, or some really unpleasant things will happen to her.
The idea of confining action to a single location has been incorporated successfully in thrillers such as “Reservoir Dogs,” “Buried,” and “Exam.” Such a film risks failing to sustain viewer involvement while attempting to build suspense. The director doesn’t have the benefit of a large cast and endless camera set-ups to tell his story. In “The Glass Coffin,” director Haritz Zubillaga sets up the situation almost immediately. We know little about Amanda, but can empathize with a woman being held prisoner against her will in a setting that ordinarily suggests comfort and affluence, not terror.
Ms. Bontempi turns in an effective performance as her Amanda is initially surprised, then annoyed, then defiant, and eventually terrified by the creepy, inhuman sounding voice. Given the responsibility of carrying the film, she plays Amanda as an intelligent woman using her wits to extricate herself from a situation that gets worse by the minute. As the demands of the voice increase, Amanda must balance obeying its orders and refusing to debase herself.
There are no bonus features on the unrated DVD release, which is in Spanish, with English subtitles. The original Spanish title is “El Ataud de Cristal.”
It would be nice to know that movies are in another language other than English before watching. I love watching foreign films, but just want to know before going into one. This is more an Amazon issue than of the film so no points taken away for that. The story-line in the film was a surprise from other horror movies. I didn't like some aspects of the audio (being vague to prevent a spoiler.) The movie was very suspenseful which kept my attention. The ending was a little different than I had ever seen, and I did feel a little bit out of the loop. I may need to go back and watch certain parts again. Over-all I give this a 4/5.
Aka El ataud de cristal. Suspense/horror with a novel story: An actress must come to terms with how she achieved her 20 years of success. Most of the film takes place in the back of a limo. Lead actress Paola Bontempi was great in both roles, as the actress & as the other actress/guilt of her psyche.