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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:

English | Spanish

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

Michael Lerner is only 8 years younger than Zelda Rubenstein, who plays his mother in the film. 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 Tia, no te saltes el eje 2 (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Rescue
Performed by Cecil Milner
Published by KPM Music Library
(uncredited)
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Excellent Psychological Film
19 April 2002 | by Vertigo-27See all my reviews

Undoubtably one of the scariest and under-raved horror films of all time. Zelda Rubinstein is unforgettable, and if u liked her in the Poltergeist films she is even more stellar here. Known to horror buffs as the all-time movie within a movie... but its psychological mind-warp scene is as tense as it gets. The under-tones of the snails and doves contribute highly to the paranoia. A re-release definitely should be in order; this film deserves a second look by all. Anyone who has extreme phobia of "anything" to do with harm to the eyes- beware! Unfortunate that most mark this off as a "gore-fest" when its anything but. It is a brilliant study of the mind, and will blow you away with its oddity.


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