Based on a true story.
A killer is released from prison and breaks into a remote home to kill a woman, her handicapped son and her pretty daughter.
A killer is released from prison and breaks into a remote home to kill a woman, her handicapped son and her pretty daughter.
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I'm quick to call any film that takes over my body a masterpiece. But I feel like I can justify that, any piece of art that can use its tools in a way that's so extreme that it gives me a physical reaction is worth admiring, in my opinion. This can be labeled as lazy, pretentious filmmaking, and in some cases it is, but it works. It's doing exactly what it sets out to do without any hesitation and that's thrilling to me. Obviously there's a line (I think some of you know the film I'm talking about) but when this is done in a creative, consistent, and captivating way, I can't help but feel as though it's something worth…
If ever there was a film which truly had ice-water for blood, it is 'Angst'. Built out of fear, panic and sheer terror, it is night-snow-blue and broken granite, the orange flame of matches lit. 'Angst' is continually in a state of heightened restless anxiety. The kind of feeling like you are going to tear off your own skin if you can't get out of it some other way, that you are going to smash everything in the house and lay down in the broken parts of it and that still would not quiet the excitatory torment. The camera is vibrating, swaying, circling, shaking, soaring aloft, spattered with blood and water. Klaus Schulze's score is a series of interrupted and…
That camera is a protagonist. It is alive...
It moves like a mouse in closed spaces, like a kite through buildings and trees, like an observable stalker through the streets, like a mirror of human faces observed closely, and turns its head as quickly as a bird.
That score haunted my soul. It sounds like an omen of death.
Few films utilize a score so hauntingly. At first glance, it is deceptively simple, as the horror score consists of around 4 tones. But it terrifies you. It sounds like a choir echoing through a long, dark tunnel during midnight. Sounds like that make me feel powerless. It made the…
What is so remarkable about Angst is that it constantly plays and inverts and unleashes a different mode to the perspective by which we consume its horror, but never the effect. The ruthlessness of the evil is always consistent, but our understanding of what is unfolding, and how we're perceiving it, is very surprising. No matter the shocking surface of Gerald Kargl's film, and it is almost unwaveringly hard to watch - the icy-toned hues, glaring modern coldness, the detachment of human life lost, find an analytical peak from which to mix and mash with the often relentless energy of its terror. To find a balance between that observational discomfort and the visceral nature of its pacing is quite a task, but with the help of an unearthly soundtrack, Angst succeeds in chilling the bone while simultaneously rattling it. At its best, the film portrays the tangible energy of losing a battle of survival, and it's freaky as hell.
Released from prison, the first thing on the mind of "The Psychopath" is murder. Erwin Leder is unrelenting, shocking and genuinely frightening.
The peaceful narration juxtaposed over the violent murder draw you uncomfortably into the innermost perversion of homicide and psychopathy.
Leder's unnerving facial expressions and profuse sweating immerse you into the murder and mayhem on an even deeper and intricate level.
The kinetic and intimate camerawork make you feel unbearably present in the evil and almost like you're a part of the psychopaths malice.
The haunting and dark score enhances the ultra intense realism. So does the usage of pigs blood rather than stage blood. You don't feel like yourself coming out of this movie. You're mucky and soiled…
i don't know that i've ever seen a film that operates like this? formally details the psychology of serial murder in uncompromising and unbearably close proximity; documenting this unhinged psychosis with an unpredictable camera that straps itself to the killer's headspace (and body), craning and lurching as it bleeds between the reasoned justifications, erotic impulses and physical logistics of his decision-making. the ease with which this floats from his mundane inner voice—frequently detailing a history of slights that have inspired his sadism—to his completely clumsy, primal violence with minute awareness of space and procedure is horrifying. not sure i'll ever watch it again, or ultimately what value it even has with regard to its subject, but it's certainly something.
Thrilled to find a serial killer flick that speaks to the compulsion to kill! Something I have never been able to wrap my head around until now! Unlike the Hollywood version of a serial killer with a diabolical intellect and methodical in his killing this Austrian film paints a more realistic picture of a man totally consumed by the compulsion to kill that he is incapable of exercising any kind of restraint!
The erratic, frantic, fevered and frenzied behavior translates on the screen well! I was totally sucked in by the exaggerated gestures and bizarre acting choices by the lead actor! It was unlike anything I have ever seen and yet I felt it was the closest we'd ever come…
A dynamic camera that is much lauded mixed with a simmering, ambient score from Klaus Schulze, krautrock god, creates a film at conflict with itself. The soundtrack is haunting, beautiful, and creepy all at once, while the camera work is jarring, abrasive, and intense. The voiceover monologue (think The Cremator) is rambling, but not incoherent, just erratic. This is a skilled crafting of what the urge to kill must be like for the mentally ill afflicted with such a compulsion. Whether it is accurate, I thankfully cannot say, but it is an affecting film.
But that's not my favorite bit. My favorite bit is when our murderer, whose head we mostly stay in, leaves the home of his victims. The…
Nothing in the horror genre is as terrifying as serial killer stories. Although they've been presented as gimmicky slasher films such as Friday the 13th and Halloween (no disrespect to them though), the effective ones, the ones that have always crawled under my skin, are the realistic and raw portrayals of these psychotic minds. Angst is a small scaled addition to that category. Its straightforward perspective of our protagonist is unapologetically disturbing and understandably divisive. The opening narration sealed this for me. Those who can stomach the cruelness are in for a treat.
Quite possibly the most realistic
portrayal of a murderer that I've ever seen.
Gerald Kargl’s first (and subsequently last) feature film, Angst is one of the most extreme movies I’ve ever seen. Writers, Zbigniew Rybczynski and Gerald Kargl created a dark, hopeless story in which the antagonist is the main focal point of the film.
The main character of the film is one that, while his twisted morality is vaguely understood, no sympathy is given to him whatsoever. The narration and score both flesh the character that Erwin Leder perfectly portrayed. The near excessive amount of narration shows how much of the story is internalized within Leder’s character and Klaus Schulze’s score beautifully illustrates the many emotions that he goes through, whether it be joy, disappointment, or anticipation.
Overall, Kargl completely mastered the overall atmosphere that he was going for with this film. He created a borderline disturbing feature that I don’t think I could ever experience again.
Gaspar Noé has once said, “Angst is the best psycho-killer movie!
I don’t really know where to start from. From its most terrifying horror scenes with insane realistic acting, … from its omnipresent musical score that sets the perfect mood, … from its innovative cinematography with a shaky camera and crazy overhead shots, … or from its super-excellent script which frequently happens inside the main sadist character’s head... Everything about this film is top-notch. Now we know why Angst turned to be one of the world’s craziest directors’ number one choice. Angst (1983) or Fear, directed by the Austrian filmmaker, Gerald Kargl, is a home invasion psycho-thriller which is also amongst Gaspar Noe’s top-ten. Noe is mostly known for Irréversible…
I've heard about Angst a lot prior to watching it, I think it just always floats around when people talk about Euro-horror and truly disturbing movies. Despite hearing so much, I never really knew what it was like, not even close. Never checked out the Letterboxd reviews, which might have prepared me, because otherwise nobody mentions these things.
Nobody ever mentioned the frenetic camera work, where the lens moves in sync with the killer protagonist. He shakes and it shakes, he falls and it falls, he kills and it peers in, almost as ready to taste the blood as he is.
Nobody ever mentioned the excellently cold soundtrack and the use of sound, the repetitive and maddening drip of water,…
Average crazy madman slasher movie.
MOVIE AURA: BLUE
it’s great to see some reluctance and sickness emerge from a human who is incredibly incapable of calculating any sort of precise murder. when they lunge into vampirism and feed on their blood-soaked victim, their gags exhibit that same physical incapability to be a real and true monster. they want to be perceived and feared as a monster because they themselves know their monstrosity will never hold true to them. they do not act out of desire, they act out of emulation. only observers’ bloated and dramatized ideas on the crime brings any satisfaction to the mundane and sloppy nature of their murderous actions
angst would suck without its creepy soundtrack. while it has some beautiful camerawork…
my god. i can only compare this to watching every snuff film, but slowed down to every ample detail experienced only when present to the killing. our killer is genuinely terrifying. whilst watching i said to my friend that it felt that if i made a noise, the psychopath would hear it. the camera. my god the camera. the way it scurries out of shots, as if anxious to not be seen. or trying its hardest to capture the moment before it runs away. i have never felt so captured and controlled by a movie. the killer acts only on instinct, like when he changes his mind mid-action to take a different path. the bodies are so dead looking that…
Watching this for the first time felt like such a raw experience, this movie affected me despite some not amazing acting although I think that made it the more disturbing for me, the atmosphere is just so awkward and unsettling. I saw it 4 years ago and I never want to watch this again, but in a good way. Thought about it today when I was organizing my collection and I impulse bought the bluray.
He didn't kill the dog how sweet of him, also this was one of if not the most realistic study of a deranged psychopath i have ever seen, and that ambient music in the background is so good, absolutely amazing.
Fui esperando algo diferente y eso estuvo mal de mi parte. No es una película de horror sino un análisis sin censura a un asesino y que sintamos lo que el siente, sin la búsqueda de que sintamos una empatía por el lo cual lo vuelve más humano en lo inhumano.
Interesante, no era lo que esperaba pero si estuvo buena. Sin contar esa fotografía, eso y la cara del man me asustaba más que la violencia.
A despicable little picture. I can deal with some messed up stuff, but I like to at least know the purpose behind it. Films like Saló and Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer portray some terrible things, but they feel sustained by certain ideas and themes. I'm not sure what Angst is sustained by at all.
Similar to recent shock torture-porn movies, a lot of Angst feels like it only exists to disturb the audience. Violence for its own sake is pretty reprehensible in my opinion. However, unlike most torture-porn, the violence here never feels titulating or entertaining.
Angst is not an idea nor is it an entertainment. I think it was made as an exercise, perhaps an exercise in…
this upset me in ways that are difficult to put to words...but the overwhelmingly transgressive stuff here is matched to a T by the incredible filmmaking on display. everything here is top notch; the direction, performances, cinematography, score, sound design (lots of satisfying foot-clomping)...I could go on an on.
it’s all moored by some seriously distressing shit though. the last film that bothered me this much was probably Antichrist, and I’ll happily never watch either ever again.
I must say though...iconic move to put your audience through 80+ min of senseless depravity AND leave the dog unscathed
que filme SENSACIONAL
não é uma das melhores tramas mas puta merda o filme consegue se vender facinho pelo jogo de câmeras (!), fotografia, atuação e trilha sonora, é brilhante
a cena de assassinato é de longe uma das melhores cenas de horror que já vi!!
everyone loves a calculated killer, but the way this man wanted so badly to be methodical and yet was so clumsy and unhinged felt very realistic and therefore much more terrifying.
shoutout to the dachshund he really was too good of a boy
i have a headache now
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