IN A GLASS CAGE (TRAS EL CRISTAL), 1986 Dir. Agustin Villaronga, Spain, 110 mins
There's a long – and probably ever-increasing – list of films that I want to watch and want to talk about here at Film Gutter. One film that I have been very aware of for a long time but haven't had the easiest time coming by is the dark Spanish thriller In a Glass Cage. Hugely acclaimed, and featured on a number of most disturbing film lists out there, I have been waiting for my chance to see this for ages. And my recent jaunt to Vimeo's On Demand section gave me just that opportunity.
Every now and then, in our weekly quest, we encounter something so distinctly bleak and miserable that is stands out from what – I suppose – must be considered the standard degree of bleak and miserable. Films like Megan is Missing and Thanatomorphose are so hopeless and unpleasant that it was kind of hard to lift myself and cheer up a bit. And so it was with the distinctly grim The Seasoning House.
FEED THE BLACK (2016) Dir. Klayton Dean, UK, 33 mins
It's not all that often we do a short film here at Film Gutter – the last might even have been way back when we looked at the hideous Aftermath. And that for sure showed just what the medium can do and how effective it can be, but it has to be said that short films are not always as easy to come across as full-length features. The director of Feed the Black I met at the recent HorrorCon 2016 event at Magna, just between Rotherham and Sheffield, and the project certainly sounded and looked interesting, so I was really pleased to have the chance to check it out.
Inhuman Resources (AKA Redd Inc.) 2012 Dir. Daniel Krige, USA, 93 mins
Now, don't get me wrong, Film Gutter is something very close to my heart. It's my passion project and I care deeply about trying to get the word out there on the incredible range of films in extreme horror cinema. But as I'm sure many of you can understand, it's not something you could often describe as fun. Films like Thanatomorphose, Snuff 102, American Guinea Pig: Bloodshock and The Vomit Gore Trilogy have really put me through the wringer. Today's movie, however, is rather an exception, because it is fun. Sure, it's a pretty dark and unpleasant bread of fun, but Inhuman Resources is a riot for those with a bleaker sense of humour than the average.