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Through the Looking Glass (1976)

A rich socialite escapes her boring lifestyle when a ghost takes her to a sexual hell where anything goes.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Catharine Burgess ...
Catherine
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Demon / Father
Laura Nicholson ...
Jennifer
Kristen Steen ...
Young Catherine (as Marie Taylor)
Douglas Wood ...
Richard
Kim Pope ...
Ann
Eve Every ...
Lilly
Ultramax ...
Mrs. Manchester
Roger Caine ...
Abel (as Mike Jefferson)
Nancy Dare ...
Karen (as Suzan Swanson)
Terri Hall ...
Lisa
Jeffrey Hurst ...
Mr. Manchester
Rocky Millstone ...
Eugene (as Jacob Pomerantz)
Grover Griffith ...
Fat Man
Victoria Karl ...
Beauty Queen
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A rich socialite escapes her boring lifestyle when a ghost takes her to a sexual hell where anything goes.

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Adult | Horror

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17 October 1977 (Sweden)  »

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Alicja po drugiej stronie lustra  »

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$150,000 (estimated)
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Horror porn & art house cult classic
24 October 2014 | by (Deutschland) – See all my reviews

As another reviewer said, "Through the Looking Glass" perhaps should not have been filmed as a hardcore feature. However, considering the outrageous subject matter, this is a film that would have a hard time avoiding the X rating..even without penetration scenes.

As far as 'porn films' go, to date i have only seen one other such film that is as good, and that would be Radley Metzger's porn masterpiece "The Image." "Through the Looking Glass," stars the classic beauty, Catharine Burgess, former Vogue model. Sumptuosly filmed in and around a beautiful mansion, Catherine is haunted by something from her past. She insists that there is some malevolent evil living in the house. of course her husband dismisses the idea. She has a beautiful young daughter who, for some reason, she seems to resent. And hidden in a dark attic, is a strange, ornate mirror, that Catherine is drawn to. Sexually frigid with her husband, the icy Catherine saves all her sexual energy for the mirror, which she enjoys masturbating in front of.

As this disturbing tale unfolds we learn the bizarre secrets of the mirror; a mirror that had hung in her bedroom as a young girl, that bared witness to a shocking secret concerning her own father. Adult film regular Jamie Gillis turns in an incredibly sinister performance as the evil, corrupt father. In fact the character that he creates might be the most corrupt, evil character in film history. The father, like this film, is totally amoral, and both might very well make more sensitive viewers feel somewhat sick.

This movie is a definite product of the 70's, and it most likely could not have been made before, or after that decade. "Through the Looking Glass" is obsessed with the subject of incest, and it is displayed here in the most graphic detail. This Gothic horror film culminates with a trip through the mirror, that takes Catherine to Hell, here portrayed as some nightmare of sexual violence and corruption. An early scene at a "mad tea party" had me thinking the whole thing might degenerate into cheap porn territory, but the film gathers momentum, and gets darker, and more disturbing as it reaches it's halfway point. It also gets more artistic, and more beautiful as well. Some might find this a depressing experience, and it definitely is NOT for the casual viewer. But for those with a taste for the surreal, the bizarre, or who just want to see something very different, might want to hunt down this gem. I've seen a lot of stuff from this genre, and nothing comes close to this outrageous piece of art house smut!


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