Anguish (1987)
"Angustia" (original title)

R  |   |  Horror  |  8 January 1988 (USA)
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A controlling mother uses telepathic powers to send her middle-aged son on a killing spree.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Talia Paul ...
Àngel Jové ...
Killer (as Angel Jove)
Clara Pastor ...
Isabel García Lorca ...
Caroline (as Isabel Garcia Lorca)
Nat Baker ...
Teaching Doctor - Old Movie
Edward Ledden ...
Doctor - Old Movie
Gustavo Gili ...
Student 1 - Old Movie
Antonio Regueiro ...
Student 2 - Old Movie
Joaquín Ribas ...
Student 3 - Old Movie
Janet Porter ...
Laboratory Nurse - Old Movie
Patrice Manget ...
Nurse at Clinic - Old Movie
Merche Gascón ...
Nurse at Clinic - Old Movie
Jose M. Chucarro ...
Caroline's Boyfriend - Old Movie (as Jose M.ª Chucarro)


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

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The eyes of the city are mine.




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Release Date:

8 January 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Anguish  »

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$228,789 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mother's role was first offered to Bette Davis, but due to scheduling conflicts could not do it. See more »


Alice Pressman, the Mother: Years ago you were like a snail. Hiding... happy...
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Crazy Credits

When the film ends, we suddenly see the credits scrolling up on a completely different movie screen, together with another completely different cinema audience of onlookers observing it before getting up and leaving one by one until the final onlookers stand up and walks to the left with the screen going black as he/she does so (implying that the real storyline was also yet another film within film). See more »


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Performed by Cecil Milner
Published by KPM Music Library
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8 May 2004 | by (Madrid, Spain) – See all my reviews

I was surprised to see some of the reviews of Anguish (Angustia). I had the opportunity of playing an L.A. cop in the film - it must have been 100 years and 25 pounds ago! As the film seems to have elicited some interest, I'll volunteer some background information.

The film was mostly shot in.... Barcelona, on an obviously shoestring budget. I was initially "signed on" as an ambulance attendant, but either my "delivery" or size turned me into a cop with a couple of lines, learned the same day as the shoot.

The exteriors for the "new movie" sequences were shot on a street created in a large parking lot in the "Zona Franca" of Barcelona. Apparently a stock background depicting Culver City Ca. was shipped to Spain, and a good portion of Barcelona's American cars were used to create the traffic background.

Did I mention the shoestring budget? Most of the scenes I participated in were shot at least twice - from different angles - because only one camera was used.

I don't say this as a criticism - if anything it is a tribute to Bigas Luna, who was able to create a piece of America on the Mediterranean, and to make a number of non-actors seem credible even with speaking roles (including yours truly).

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