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darktrippers Review # 1: ANGUISH

Old 08-28-00, 09:49 PM
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Title: Anguish (Angustia)
Director: Bigas Luna
Country of Origin: Spain
Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Theatrical Release Date: 1986
DVD Release Date: May 23, 2000
Run Time: 89 minutes
Rated: R

Edition Details:
Region 1 encoding
Color, Anamorphic Widescreen

darktrippers review
A strikingly original, intricately constructed, and extremely gruesome post-modern shocker about a short-sighted, mother-fixated optometrist orderly with an unnatural penchant for eyeballs. "Soon", whispers his mother, "all the eyes in the city will be ours" and using a form of hypnosis, she sends him out on an eye-stealing killing spree.

But, by using creepily effective close-ups and a clever Russian doll structure, Spanish director Luna (The Tit and the Moon) introduces another layer of his bizarre voyeurism in a neat little pull-back, by revealing that this is all just a movie-within-the-movie titled The Mommy being shown to a small matinee crowd at a seedy theatre in Los Angeles.

As it plays, two teenage girls in the audience, the strong-willed Linda and the squeamish Polly, discover that one of the patrons sitting near them is a real maniac. In the on-screen movie, when the scalpel-wielding John enters a movie cinema and begins killing the patrons and cinema employees one by one, and removing their eyeballs for his mother's collection, the 'real' killer in the audience, armed with a silenced .38 pistol, begins killing the patrons and employees of the cinema in a manner which surreally parallels the action on the movie screen.

A bold concept and another great reel-or-real movie (to rank alongside The Blair Witch Project, The Last Broadcast, Cannibal Holocaust, Scream and eXistenZ).

The transfer by Anchor Bay is excellent, especially the Jeunetian sepia interiors and extreme close-ups. If you like weird disturbing films make this a part of your collection.

(Part of the Ever-Expanding Dark DVD Shelf)

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Old 08-28-00, 10:01 PM
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For a great bargain on this title check DVD Express - it's 50% off at just $15!

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