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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 who 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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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: 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 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

References The Lost World (1925) See more »

Soundtracks

Rescue
Performed by Cecil Milner
Published by KPM Music Library
(uncredited)
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An original movie
21 July 2007 | by finitodistampareSee all my reviews

This movie plays with the audience expectations in a level and maybe it have some characteristics of the terror genre that can be seen in a lot of movies but have some features of its own that makes the movie an original one. It's clear that this movie was not made with a big budget but the cast and crew give life to an imaginative screenplay .Rubinstein and Lerner are really great here. What surprised me of this movie are the original ideas . I will not spoil you the movie at all but after watching so many movies this one still surprise me.The Spanish director Bigas Luna directed this somehow atypical movie in his career , that usually treats themes far from the terror genre or the thriller.

It's a good achievement .


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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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