1 September 2017 | lor_
Clever XXX version of an old story
I haven't been able to trace down the original, but the same premise used in Vivid's above-average suspense feature "The Glass Cage" dates back to some "Twilight Zone" or "Alfred Hitchcock..." TV episode I saw many decades ago. Two men who despise each other have a bet requiring one to be locked up in a glass cage (to permit 24/7 surveillance) for a year, with a prize of $1,000,000 if he can avoid getting an erection for the duration.
Opening scenes, featuring a torrid lesbian sex show for a private men's club members performed by Inari Vachs and buxom TJ Hart, play like a '30s drawing room comedy. Directors Teri Diver and Tom Elliott are obviously film buffs, and Teri provides a literate script for verbal sparring and sarcasm between dislikable club honcho Mike Horner (in a NonSex role as the man betting a million) and womanizer Vince Vouyer, who has a trick up his sleeve.
Once Vince is behind glass, the video becomes impressionistic, with dream sequences, repeated imagery and other experimental techniques that keep the show interesting despite its one-note premise. Vachs and Hart return in a dream-sequence four-way with Voyeur and Mark Davis, and a large cast of seasoned Adult performers show up in a tantalizing orgy of 7 or 8 people going at it outside the cage.
Like its TV forebear, surprise plot twists and an O. Henry ending distinguish the show, which is easily accessible as just porn for audiences who persist in belittling the genre.. As in other of their classic if little-known features like "Persona" and "Moondance", the Diver/Elliott team represents pornographers who take their work seriously and provide creative entertainment rather than the Adult Cinema's usual assembly-line all-sex content.