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Anguish (1987)

Angustia (original title)
A controlling mother uses telepathic powers to send her middle-aged son on a killing spree.

Director:

Bigas Luna

Writers:

Bigas Luna (screenplay), Michael Berlin (dialogue)
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5 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The eyes of the city are mine.

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

8 January 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anguish See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$228,789
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Quotes

Alice Pressman, the Mother: [Forcing him to consume a mass of pouched eggs] Eat, Eat, EAT! You need energy... there's a nice boy.
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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 walk 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: The entomologist gaze (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Rescue
Performed by Cecil Milner
Published by KPM Music Library
(uncredited)
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Truly bizarre horror film.
31 August 2004 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

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 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.


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