Anguish (1987)

September 6, 2010 - 6:16pm | FrighT MasteR
  Tags: 80's, 80's Slashers, Ángel Jovè, Anguish, audience within audience, blood, Clara Pastor, gore, J.J. Bigas Luna, Michael Lerner, Talia Paul, Zelda Rubinstein

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J.J. Bigas Luna
Zelda Rubinstein, Michael Lerner, Talia Paul, Ángel Jovè, Clara Pastor

I went in not knowing much about this movie except for the fact that its got a lot of mixed reviews. The story revolves around a weird mother and her son, who is an orderly for an optometrist. He gets fired from the job due to screwing up and was reported by a snobby rich woman. His mother uses a form of hypnosis to get him to go out on a killing spree, starting with the woman who got him fired. Oh, and the son also collects his victim’s eyes after he kills them...

About 20-or-so minutes into the film we discover that the movie we thought to be watching was actually a movie called "The Mommy" that an audience is watching at a theatre. We learn this as the camera actually pans out from the screen to show an audience. The movie just goes into a weird turn from then on. The main focus is not only on the mother and son now, but two teenage girls in the audience. It was one of the weirdest experiences I had while watching a movie, because I've seen it done before in film, but not for so long. It was an interesting twist to say the least. We later learn in the movie that there's a repeat movie-goer in the audience who has seen the movie way too many times and actually believes the "mommy" is talking to him. It doesn't take long before he holds everyone in the movie theatre captive and picks off people one by one.

Another weird thing about this movie was the incredibly long scenes involving the hypnosis the mother would put over the son. The director obviously wanted the audience in the movie and us - the real viewers - to feel as though we were being put under hypnosis. I thought those scenes went on too long and had too many. It made sense to do it one time, but to do it as many times as it did was just annoying. I decided to give this flick a 6-rating, because, like I said above, it had quite a few scenes that I found unnecessary. I did like the movie, but not as much as I wanted to. The directing and format was unique, but the basic plot wasn't very original.

Though, the film did keep me interested from the start, especially with the guy killing so many innocent people, and I had fun being the audience within an audience. I thought it was also cool how the stuff that went on in "The Mommy" was also going on in the real theatre. The killer in the theatre was obviously mimicking the one in the movie. There's some decent gore in here, especially since the killer likes to collect eyeballs, and there may be a couple scenes that may disturb a weaker viewer. I liked how before the movie a disclaimer was shown saying if so and so happens to leave the theater.

Not a bad watch. I enjoyed the audience within an audience setup it offered and there was decent gore. Worth a check if you want to see a slasher that's a little different than the norm.

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