Film Review: The Glass Coffin @ Frightfest 2017
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The Glass Coffin, titled El Ataúd De Cristal in its native country Spain, is a claustrophobic horror from rising director Haritz Zubillaga. The film is an intense, graphic genre movie, that whilst having an intriguing and original plot doesn't live up to its full potential. It follows seasoned actress Amanda (Paola Bontempi) who, at the beginning of the film, enters a high-end limousine that is set to take her to an award ceremony celebrating her career. However, after already becoming suspicious of the luxury vehicle and her silent chauffeur, Amanda finds herself a victim of a kidnapping and at the mercy of a mysterious voice who is sinisterly watching over her. Advised by the voice to ‘obey’, Amanda becomes entangled in a twisted tale of revenge as she desperately seeks to escape this mobile prison. The film's only credited actor is Paola Bontempi, who of course plays Amanda, so a lot of The Glass Coffin’s success relies upon the quality of her performance. Luckily, Bontempi is great in the film and is able to carry the movie by portraying Amanda as a believable character considering her circumstances, but also a strong one. A lot of the emotion that the film evokes does so through Bontempi’s performance, as she is the only real face the audience can relate.
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