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Anguish (1987)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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Storyline

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

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Release Date:

8 January 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Anguish  »

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Box Office

Gross:

$228,789 (USA)
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Technical Specs

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

[last lines]
John Pressman: [to Patty] Like the doctor said, it's all in your imagination. I really don't exist.
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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 »

Connections

Featured in Bigas Luna: La mirada entomòloga (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Rescue
Performed by Cecil Milner
Published by KPM Music Library
(uncredited)
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Eerie film with astonishing images and original direction by Bigas Luna
30 December 2009 | by See all my reviews

This creepy motion picture ingeniously realized exploring the hypnotic effects of cinema talks about a timid eye clinic intern (Michael Lerner, Omen 4) under the sway of his psychic and authoritarian mother (Zelda Rubinstein, Poltergeister). Hypnotized by swirling spirals and screechy bursts of gleaming wails, the ominous son packs up his surgical tool set and goes out a rampage . Our hapless soon-to-be victims arrive for a view a horror flick only to watch the gore unfold in the audience as well as on screen in which are showing the silent film titled ¨The lost world¨ and ¨ The mummy¨ . As a group of viewers are killed in the form of a screening of a horror movie that brings naturalism to life. As the terror picture shown to the audience gets more and more violent. The spectators (Talia Paul, Clara Pastor) see Lerner carving eyes on screen while a psycho-killer (Angel Jove) obsessed with the movie unleashes his own criminal spree on the unsuspecting spectators and he attacks anyone who crosses her way and soon the place is filled with people killed. The survivors trapped in the theater must fend off attacks of the murderers. At the ending the remaining public start the desperate battle for their lives and eventually, the theatre turns a walled-in trap. Soon it becomes clear that the parallel arguments gather together in deadly synchronization.

The picture is full of suspense,thrills, mystery, and lots of blood and gore .This slick gore-feast is a triumph of style over movie logic. It's packed with overwhelming body count, excessive gore, grotesque killing, and rivers of red blood. This is one of the most original utilization of the movie-within-a-movie with terror argument, such as formerly made Lambert Bava in ¨Demons¨(1985). The picture is smartly designed ,stylishly photographed filming in Barcelona by Civit and with a suspenseful musical score by Pagan . Bigas Luna delivers the terror movie goods with sense of style. He's an expert on murky atmosphere such as proved in ¨Caniche¨, ¨Bilbao¨ and ¨Reborn¨. The picture will appeal to horror buffs and Bigas Luna fans.


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