Request Log and Feedback Pages Redesigned, FAQ Updated

I’ve redesigned the Request Log and Feedback pages by replacing my email links with contact forms.  Accordingly, I also renamed them Clip Request and Contact.  Additionally, I’ve edited my email links in the Site Info and FAQ pages to redirect to the Contact page.

I’ve also updated the FAQ with this question toward the bottom of the page:
May I send you a clip?
I no longer accept clip donations because I have no control over video quality or editing.

Problems Connecting? Here’s Why…

During the last couple of days, your browser may have blocked access to the site after returning an error message warning you that the site isn’t secure.  There’s a reason for that, and I’m going to explain it now because what I’ve been trying to do has been fraught with problems that I’m blaming Google for getting me into.

Google Chrome is currently the most popular browser in the world.  Last October, version 62 was released.  It includes a new feature that marks non-secure websites as such in the address bar.  Any HTTP pages that collect data (login details, financial or banking info, search queries, registrations, etc.) are now marked as “Not Secure”.  That includes this site.  I don’t use Chrome and didn’t learn about the feature myself until last week.  I don’t want Chrome users visiting the site for the first time getting spooked, especially considering the nature of the content here.

The site doesn’t have a registration form.  I discontinued member logins after moving to WordPress four years ago.  The Login page on the lower right only serves as my access to the site’s Control Panel.  The Comment form does require an e-mail address to thwart spam bots, and that field is what I’m trying to protect by adding a Secured Socket Layer (SSL) certificate to the site.  SSL is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser.  This link ensures that all data passed between the web server and the browser remain private and integral.  I added it to my 3D art message board at Visions of Darkness last month in response to user feedback to keep account information safe and it works beautifully.  In stark contrast, adding it to Cinemasphyxia’s WordPress installation has become a massive headache.  So, I’ve removed SSL until I figure out a solution.

I welcome and invite comments on my blog posts but I’ve disabled them until further notice.  If I can’t get SSL to work, they’ll remain disabled and all future communication will have to be done via email.


The Value of Clip Requests

Despite my having discontinued clip requests last October, I still receive the occasional request.  Admittedly, I’m flattered.

Out of idle curiosity,  I just tracked one down and find myself feeling a renewed appreciation for them.  I would’ve otherwise never thought to check out The Tiger Brigades starring Diane Krueger.  I am pleasantly surprised by how good her choke scene is and will post the clip soon.  My thanks to the person who requested it.

In light of this, I’ve started a new Request Log with the condition that I will not promise to fill them.  If I don’t like a scene, I won’t waste my time on it.  I don’t ever want the site to feel like a chore again.

I’ve updated the Feedback page with the e-mail address you can use for requests.


I’ve Switched Back to WMV, Video Library Updated

I’ve Switched Back to WMV

Since last year’s overhaul, I’ve been using an open-source app called HandBrake to minimize the file sizes of my clips because my video editor creates enormous  MP4s.  I’ve recently grown tired of HandBrake for a number of technical reasons I won’t bore you with.  Suffice it to say, I’ve switched back to WMV so I can provide consistent video quality and retain English subtitles in scenes from foreign language sources.  I’ve also re-edited every title in the Video Library and deleted the MP4 versions.  Rest assured, I’ll continue posting in full HD.

If you downloaded Elysia Rotaru’s dildo/tape suffocation in Girl House, you’ll want to download the new WMV.  While scanning the movie again, I found a scene that introduces her character while she’s topless and added it to the beginning of my re-edit.

Video Library Updated

The following titles have been upgraded to full HD and re-posted:

Hanging: Blind Man
Hanging: Honourable Woman, The S01E08: “The Pairing Knife”


Excellent Lift-Up Hanging in “Insidious: The Last Key” (SPOILER WARNING)

I had little interest in this movie until I read a description of the body count on yesterday. I loved the first two, but this one looked like a money grab and was only produced by the original director of the first two.

Thankfully, the scene happens in the first 10 minutes of the movie so I was able to focus on simply enjoying the rest of the movie instead of restlessly waiting for the scene.

Lin Shaye stars as the franchise’s psychic protagonist, Elise Rainier. In The Last Key, Tessa Ferrer stars as her character’s mother when she was still a little girl in the 1950’s.

Tessa is wearing a classic 50’s style teal, long-sleeve, knee-length floral print dress with a strikingly beautiful partial updo appropriate for the period. Unfortunately for me, she’s also wearing a pair of flat brown shoes. The lighting in this promotional screenshot doesn’t do her look justice, but it’ll give you an idea.

In the scene, Elise has been locked in the basement by her Father as punishment for claiming she saw a ghost. Several moments later, she unlocks a door and winds up temporarily possessed by a demon locked behind it. As she stands paralyzed in a trance, her Mother comes down to check on her. As her Mother softly calls out to her, a white electrical wire slowly snakes down from the ceiling and wraps itself once around Tessa’s neck. Then, she’s yanked up about a foot off the floor with an audible gasp and starts fiercely struggling. During the attack, the camera briefly cuts to a closeup of her daughter’s white-eyed gaze still turned toward the door. There’s also one or two wide shots of both she and her Mother where we can see a full-body shot of her Mother struggling in the background from her daughter’s eye level, but the focus is on her daughter’s face. Those shots are intercut with a couple of close-ups of Tessa’s feet kickingly wildly before coming to rest. For the icing, we get an excellent headshot of Tessa as she goes limp and dies with her eyes closed, followed by one last shot of her feet coming to rest.

The scene ends when their Father comes down to check on Elise and finds Tessa hanged to death. At that moment, Elise collapses and the cord that hanged Tessa releases her. The Father quickly goes to Tessa and cradles her in his arms, during which we get a nice shot of a slightly bloody ligature mark.

My only gripe about this scene is Tessa’s shoes. I wish the wardrobe department had at least put her in a pair of period-style low-heeled pumps, or better yet, made her barefoot. Thankfully, the scene made up for that. I especially loved the way the cord snaked down and wrapped itself around her, making her completely oblivious to her impending death until it was too late.

This the kind of hanging I fucking live for, have always depicted in my 3D art, and would absolutely love to see more of in live-action videos.

Rest assured, this scene will be posted on Cinemasphyxia once the movie is available to rent.