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Plot: A film-within-a-film thriller about two teen girls among a small group of people whom are terrorized in a movie theater by a killer while watching a horror film about a murderous optometrist who stalks his victims in a movie theater in the film. Written by matt-282 Runtime: 86 min Release Date: 23 Mar 1987
Director and writer Bigas Luna has created a gem in Anguish.Starring Zelda Rubinstein who has also been in another classic flick, Poltergeist 1982.Also starring Michael Lerner who has also been in other classic flicks, Barton Fink 1991 and Maniac Cop 2 1990.Also starring Taila Paul.I enjoyed the cinematography, sound and violence.If you enjoyed this as much as I did then check out other classic horror flicks, Baby Blood 1990, The Beyond 1981, Pit and the Pendulum 1961, The Incredible Torture Show 1976, Blue Holocaust 1979, Borderland 2007, Brain Damage 1988, The Ring 2002, Gutterballs 2008, <more>
Candyman 1992, Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest 1995, Circus of Horrors 1960, Cronos 1993, Deep in the Woods 2000, Deranged 1974, The Descent 2005, The Descent: Part 2 2009, Evil Dead Trap 1988, Final Destination 2000, Final Destination 2 2003, Final Destination 3 2006, Final Destination 5 2011, The Fog 1980, Freddy vs. Jason 2003, The Gore Gore Girls 1972, Halloween 1978, The Hazing 2004, Horrors of the Black Museum 1959, House of Wax 2005, Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday 1993, My Bloody Valentine 1981, My Bloody Valentine 2009, Necronomican 1993, Masters of Horror: Pelts 2006, The Prowler 1981, The Ruins 2008, Saw 3D 2010, Saw IV 2007, Scanners 1981, See No Evil 2006, Seeding of a Ghost 1983, The Seventh Curse 1986, Sleepy Hollow 1999, Slither 2006, Stagefright 1981, Tenebre 1982, A Bay of Blood 1971, Grave Encounters 2011, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2013, Turistas 2006, Ghost Stories 2017, Blood Fest 2018, Halloween 2018, Terrifer 2016, The Invitation 2015 and The Wizard of Gore 1970.
Everyone else who's commented has spoiled this movie for you by saying explicitly what it's about. What a shame. I saw an excellent print of Anguish at the movies at the Incredibly Strange Film Festival in Wellington, New Zealand a few years ago, and it was great. It demands being watched in the cinema, preferably with Dolby. You'll know what I mean when you see it. Don't read anything else about it, just see it you probably won't get a chance to see it theatrically so just rent the video . Bigas Luna is a great director see also Reborn and Jamon Jamon .
Had Me Looking Over My Shoulder (by johnfd53)
I first saw this film in a theater. It's the only way to get the full effect which caused me to rate it highly. In the theater you are drawn into the action. The film begins as the story of an klutzy optometric orderly who gets fired from his job because of a patient complaint. When mother finds out she goes into a frenzy exercising her hypnotic control over her son to exact horrible vengeance on all involved. Sonny then stalks his victims killing them and cutting out their eyes. As this spree progresses we suddenly are introduced to two young women and find that we are actually watching <more>
them watch a movie titled The Mommy in a theater. Another movie goer becomes hypnotized from watching the movie and goes on his own killing spree in the theater. Eventually the action in the first movie moves inside another movie theater and you find your self in a theater watching a killer's mayhem in another theater as those in that theater watch another killer's action a third theater. Naturally the killers sneak up on their victims from behind causing you to look over your shoulder every once in a while. You'll lose a lot watching this at home but it's still worthwhile seeing for it's unique style.
Original, Bizarre and Surrealistic Cult-Movie (by claudio_carvalho)
I have just watched "Angustia" for the fourth or fifth time, now on DVD, and I do not get tired of this original, bizarre and surrealistic cult-movie, very underrated in IMDb. I am a fan of Bigas Lune, and in my opinion "Angustia" is his masterpiece. The story is simple, but tense, with a soundtrack that recalls Dario Argento's movies. Michael Lerner, in the role of the mad ophthalmologist; Talia Paul, in the role of a scared viewer that becomes impressed with the film she is watching on the screen; and Ángel Jovè, in the role of a lunatic killer, are perfect. Zelda <more>
Rubinstein, with her weird tune of voice, completes the lead cast of this gem with a great performance. My vote is nine.Title Brazil : "Os Olhos da Cidade São Meus" "The Eyes of the City Are Mine"
Perhaps the most effective horror film I've seen (by Gloede_The_Saint)
Anguish truly is a unique experience. At one point I had to pause because my heart was beating too fast. It was the very effective visual of people struggling with the same thing on screen, had never thought a film could affect me like this. Almost wanted to throw up in parts, and just because of the sound and bizarre visuals, rather than gore. It's not just a horror movie, it's an experiment into film-within-film with audience members watching a movie at a theater about an insane killer and his mother collecting eyes - with the way it's made disturbing and upsetting many of them <more>
- and then the events in the main movie switches to the theater as well - and the claustrophobia and mental states of "the real audience" starts going wild. I can only imagine how insane it would have been watching this in a movie theater as intended. It lost some of it's power when it got more plot driven towards the very end - but it stayed incredible throughout.
This has got to be one of the most original concepts for a film I have ever seen! This film takes the 'film within a film' a concept used in other horror films such as Lamberto Bava's "Demons" concept to an entirely new level! As the film begins, we are told the story of a diabolic mother played by Zelda Rubenstein of "Poltergeist" fame and her obese, dim witted son who is nearly blind. This man is a serial killer who is controlled by his mother and her bizarre hypnotic powers over him. The strange hypnosis scenes in this movie are quite intense and it was <more>
rumored that they actually caused headaches and nausea for some viewers in fact the original VHS box for the film warns that the film can be hypnotic and that watching it could cause headaches . "Mother" convinces her son to stalk a movie theater during a screening of "The Lost World" and murder the patrons one by one. She also commands him to remove the victims eyes and bring them to her. She believes that collecting eyes will somehow cure her son's illness and blindness. However, at this point the film takes a strange twist and we now realize that the film we have been watching is actually a separate movie called "The Mommy" that is being viewed by patrons in yet another movie theater who are being stalked by a man who is obsessed with the film. As the patrons of the theater witness the brutal slayings happening on the screen in front of them, they too are murdered one by one by the psychopath that is loose in their own movie theater! Now the viewer realizes that they are actually watching a film within a film within a film! It is now that the film reaches it's bizarre and unusual climax with an unbelievable ending. "Anguish" is not for the squeamish or faint of heart as the eye gouging and murder sequences are pretty intense and gory but it is most certainly one of the most original concepts for a horror film that I have seen in a long time and unfortunately, yes it is currently being remade!
A demented mother telepathically directs her middle-aged son on bloody missions of revenge.And when he's finished murdering his victims,he gouges their eyes out and adds them to the bizarre family collection.But that's only a movie:The real horror is in the cinema where the audience watching this terrifying vision is being murdered one by one."Angustia" is a pretty bizarre Spanish horror film.The concept is certainly interesting and the director J.J.Bigas Luna perfectly mixes the line between the reality and the fantasy world of film.The acting is first-rate and there is <more>
plenty of gore and tension to satisfy fans of slasher films.The film is relatively unknown,but if you get a chance watch it.Highly recommended.8 out of 10.
Before the film even begins, a message is displayed on screen warning you about the possibility of hypnosis and dizziness etc. In my opinion, that's a great way to hype someone up. And with hype, disappointment usually follows. But not with Anguish, this was a really cool little flick.The flick actually is pretty much two movies in one. I'll only describe the first story, since if I tell you about the second, it's kinda ruining it for you. The initial story follows a son who is being hypnotized and forced into murder by his mother, played by Zelda Rubinstein, the tiny lil <more>
paranormal investigator in Poltergeist. It's a pretty simple premise at first, but once the other story kicks in, the movie's tension and entertainment value is severely upped.The direction and atmosphere is all fantastic, the only minor problems is the acting, it's pretty amateur to a degree. But there are also strong performances as well, the son/murderer did a really good job. And it's killing me trying to recall what I remember him from! And at under 90 minutes, the movie doesn't last too long. Poifect! It's a rare lil horror flick that should definitely have more of a following. With a cool idea leading the way Anguish is one flick any fan of horror or of our beloved lil Zelda should without a doubt check out.
This movie plays with the audience expectations in a level and maybe it have some characteristics of the terror genre that can be seen in a lot of movies but have some features of its own that makes the movie an original one. It's clear that this movie was not made with a big budget but the cast and crew give life to an imaginative screenplay .Rubinstein and Lerner are really great here. What surprised me of this movie are the original ideas . I will not spoil you the movie at all but after watching so many movies this one still surprise me.The Spanish director Bigas Luna directed this <more>
somehow atypical movie in his career , that usually treats themes far from the terror genre or the thriller.It's a good achievement .