Sunday, October 28, 2018

Lilith Likes to Watch - Halloween Trick & Treat Special! Part 2


Title: Through the Looking Glass
Year: 1976
Starring: Catherine Burgess, Jamee Gillis, Laura Nicholson
Director: Jonas Middleton
Synopsis: A rich socialite escapes her boring lifestyle when a ghost takes her to a sexual hell where anything goes. - Via IMDB
Why it is Notable: Three different versions were shot. It also has a novelization.

I started Halloween Trick & Treat by watching this movie first but I wanted to break up the list by film quality so I saved this one for second review. Also I managed to eke out 5 movies in all. This will be a 5 part series. Enjoy part 2.

When I was a child, I used to watch a lot of nature shows. One time, I was watching one such nature show about the human body. The screen was all closed in and pink. A pleasant female voice announced "We are now travelling up the man's penis." While watching the movie, that quote flashed through my mind.

Through the Looking Glass starts off rather slow and kind of mundane and everyone around Catherine is kind of a dick, especially her husband. She retreats to the attic where she keeps a full length mirror she's had since childhood. She fantasizes a figure on the other side of the glass desires her, praises her, and ravishes her while she masturbates. Only, her fantasies are true. A malevolent presence through the glass is trying to seduce her into an eternal world of youth and ecstasy.

This movie take a turn into the weird early. Very weird. Jaw droppingly weird. We get an extreme close up of Catherine's vagina. Then closer still, So close that the camera actually goes inside it.

We are now travelling up the woman's vagina.

The demon comes from the mirror, or Catherine goes inside it, or something and he finger-fucks her bloody. Catherine is once again seduced in her fantasies and imagines going through the mirror, to an odd dinner party where everyone speaks in rhyme. This is the point where the movie is most evocative of it's namesake. It's as if the film is like "Yeah, we know, Alice In Wonderland. Here you go."

Catherine further fantasizes that she's up in the attic as a child, and her father seduces her. The demon tells her this is how she wishes it had happened.

This film has really interesting bits of mind-bending tricks. As Catherine pleasures herself in front of the mirror, her voice is echoed by the demon's, murmuring her own words back at her. It's a detail that goes a long way to build up the strange atmosphere. The demon is male, speaks with a male voice, but can appear as feminine and scissors the fuck out of Catherine.

Finally the entire movie culminates into a scene of true horror as Catherine finds herself trapped in the Hellscape on the other side of the mirror. Women bathe in shit while calling her abhorrent. Mentally disabled men and women grope and tug and fuck each other. Desperate souls grind against the sand in need of release. It's amazing and horrific.

Then, the demon from the mirror sets his gaze on Catherine's young daughter...

This is a really good example of psychological thriller in the porn genre.

Find it. Watch it. It's quite the treat!

LILITH'S SCORE: 4/5 - Really good, watch it.


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