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Anguish (1987)
"Angustia" (original title)

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A controlling mother uses telepathic powers to send her middle-aged son on a killing spree.

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Mother
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John
Talia Paul ...
Patty
Àngel Jové ...
Killer (as Angel Jove)
Clara Pastor ...
Linda
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)
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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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Horror | Thriller

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Release Date:

8 January 1988 (USA)  »

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$228,789 (USA)
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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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Mama Mia!
28 May 2008 | by (Happy Land, who lives in a Gumdrop House on Lolly Pop Lane) – See all my reviews

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 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.


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