The Glass Coffin aka El ataúd de cristal – is a 2016 Spanish horror thriller directed by Haritz Zubillaga (shorts: The Devil on Your Back; She’s Lost Control) from a screenplay co-written with Aitor Eneriz. The Basque Films production stars Paola Bontempi.
Dressed for the occasion with an elegant evening dress, Amanda enters on a luxurious limousine waiting in front of her house. Suddenly the windows are tinted black, Amanda’s cell phone is disabled and she cannot open any of the doors…
“This never feels like a cheap attempt to shock or degrade, as the technical merits are rock solid, not to mention Bontempi’s superb performance as Amanda. I also think the movie does a great job is turning up the tension over time and even toward the finale, it remains very tense and keeps you on edge about what is going on. I found The Glass Coffin to be a expertly crafted thriller that is quite dark, but doesn’t feel exploitative.” Marc Fusion
“Paola Bontempi stars as the targeted starlet Amanda and the Canary Islands-born actress musters enough courage to accept such a punishing role where her character’s humility and pride stems from a base layered motivation in not wanting to become the masked Chauffeur’s punching bag. Amanda goes from high time to gutter low in an ugly show of stripping moralities and ethics in order to reveal one’s true self.” It’s Bloggin’ Evil!
“The interior of the car is more like the lifepod of a Jupiter-bound spaceship, with its rasping control voice, multiple lights and gadgets and form-fitting chairs. The heroine can’t really stand up, and director/co-writer Haritz Zubillaga has to struggle to find interesting angles as things go from bad to worse for her. This is yet another film in which a woman is tortured for 75 minutes – it may be that I’ve just lost patience with this sort of thing, but I can’t see any particular new angle here.” The Kim Newman Web Site
Running time and aspect ratio:
75 minutes | 2.35: 1
The film has been shown at Sitges, Horrorant and Málaga festivals and was screened in London at the Horror Channel FrightFest on 25 August 2017. A Japanese DVD release is scheduled for 2 September 2017.