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Angst (1983)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Thriller | 1983 (USA)
A troubled man gets released from prison and starts taking out his sadistic fantasies on an unsuspecting family living in a secluded house.

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The Psychopath
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Silvia Rabenreither ...
Daughter
Karin Springer ...
Daughter (voice)
Edith Rosset ...
Mother
Josefine Lakatha ...
Mother (voice)
Rudolf Götz ...
Son
Renate Kastelik ...
Taxi Driver
Hermann Groissenberger ...
Guest at the Café
Claudia Schinko ...
Guest at the Café
Beate Jurkowitsch ...
Guest at the Café
Rosa Schandl ...
Waitress at the Café
Rolf Bock ...
Police Officer
Emil Polaczek ...
Police Officer
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A man is released from prison after serving ten years for murdering an elderly woman. He quickly begins to feel the compulsion to kill again. After failing to murder a cab driver, he flees and discovers a secluded rural home, where a young woman lives with her sick mother and disabled brother. He then begins to take out his sadistic pleasures on them, attempting to hold them hostage, while thinking of his troubled childhood with his abusive mother and grandmother... Written by Brian Patrick

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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€400,000 (estimated)
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Gaspar Noè, director of Irréversible (2002) and Enter the Void (2009), who is a fan of the film, claims to have seen this film about 40 times and headlines most of the special features of the Blu-ray release. See more »

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[first lines]
The Psychopath: The fear in her eyes and the knife in the chest. That's my last memory of my mother. That's why I had to go to prison for four years, even though she survived.
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Surrender
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Thought-Provoking, Disturbing and Really Good
13 April 2008 | by (Happy Land, who lives in a Gumdrop House on Lolly Pop Lane) – See all my reviews

Angst is without a doubt one of the best serial killer flicks in the history of cinema. And some would say The Best. And I can tell you, it's damn close.

Angst follows a serial killer who is released from prison after a 10 year incarceration. What takes place is shocking and original film-making. What this man does is just start up where he left off. It's basically just following around the killer and just getting to know him. Oh and his victims, but in a more or less personal way. Eesh.

Angst excels in all facets. The acting by the main character, the serial killer, is flat out great, in an insane sort of way. He looks the part, and definitely acts the part. The scene when he's in the car is unforgettable. Throw in great cinematography, direction and writing, and the fact that this is a truly disturbing, realistic look into a serial killer's obsessive habits, it easily makes this one of the best serial killer movies of all time.


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