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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.

Director:

Gerald Kargl

Writers:

Zbigniew Rybczynski (screenplay), Gerald Kargl (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Erwin Leder ... K., the Psychopath
Robert Hunger-Bühler ... Off-Text (voice)
Silvia Ryder Silvia Ryder ... Daughter (Silvia) (as Silvia Rabenreither)
Karin Springer Karin Springer ... Daughter (voice)
Edith Rosset Edith Rosset ... Mother
Josefine Lakatha Josefine Lakatha ... Mother (voice)
Rudolf Götz Rudolf Götz ... Son
Kuba Kuba ... Dog
Renate Kastelik Renate Kastelik ... Taxi Driver
Hermann Groissenberger Hermann Groissenberger ... Guest at the Café
Claudia Schinko Claudia Schinko ... Guest at the Café
Beate Jurkowitsch Beate Jurkowitsch ... Guest at the Café
Rosa Schandl Rosa Schandl ... Waitress at the Café
Rolf Bock Rolf Bock ... Police Officer
Emil Polaczek Emil Polaczek ... Police Officer
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Storyline

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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Country:

Austria

Language:

German

Release Date:

1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Schizophrenia See more »

Filming Locations:

Stein, Lower Austria, Austria See more »

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Budget:

€400,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Gerald Kargl See more »
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Runtime:

(director's cut) | (international cut)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Based on an actual case of triple-murder, the "Kniesek case". Werner Kniesek, born 1946, from Salzburg - who killed three people out of pure lust in 1980-stands as a threatening symbol of senseless death and destruction for its own sake. "I just love it when women shiver in deadly fear because of me. It is like an addiction, which will never stop", said Kniesek in front of the judge. His psychiatrist classified him as "extremely abnormal but not mentally ill"- an explosive mixture of lust for destruction and addiction to physical violence. See more »

Goofs

When the daughter picks up the knife with her mouth it suddenly has changed into an upright position. See more »

Quotes

[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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Soundtracks

Surrender
Written by Klaus Schulze (uncredited)
Performed by Klaus Schulze
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10/10. An outstanding horror film
4 April 2014 | by MitchellCombdenSee all my reviews

Angst (1983) is one of my favourite horror films of all time. This very disturbing German horror picture is a true gem. The camera work for me is one of the many things that make this film so great. The camera feels very over the shoulder and gets you up close and personal with the disturbing events that take place. Plenty of facial shots also really capture the essence of the main character. It's honestly not hard to tell the man is mentally disturbed. The actor who plays the main character is beyond perfect in the role, looking very sly and demented. Plus the narration that this character gives us throughout the whole movie is simply pure evil. I felt as if I was watching a real life serial murder happen before my eyes, which is exactly what makes this film so disturbing. It's not heavy on gore and nudity but the manner in which it was filmed and narrated is definitely disturbing to me. since the film at it's core is a character study that follows a deeply disturbed serial killer, there isn't much of a plot here. this however doesn't detract from the film it really just strengthens it. you feel far more immersed in the character and his thoughts because there is no plot for you to pay attention to. this makes for a very real and in depth character study about a mentally unstable man. topped off by excellent casting and acting. All that's left for me to say is, go watch it. You will not be disappointed!

The verdict: 10/10 a perfectly disturbing masterpiece


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