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…
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…
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Following along up close and personal with a depraved killer in search of his next victims.
"Prisons exist so one can better oneself. But that urge to torture a human, that's one thing I never could get rid of."
Angst is a one of a kind serial killer film, where the camera closely follows a psychopath played by Erwin Leder, as we hear his internal monologue where he relates his sadistic behavior back to the events of his tragic life. I came into this one with lofty expectations since a friend nominated it for my Cringe Movie Bucket List. But while it was pretty messed up at times, it never quite reached that…
i love the narration with the ominous music in the back
Frustrating and nauseating but I still love it.
Seems to make a hero of the killer guy a little too much but I am a little sensitive. The camera work is impressively anxiety-inducing and dynamic in a way I'm not used to seeing in movies from the '80s and earlier. So that's cool. The copy I watched included an intro from Gaspar Noé. He said he shows this movie to people all the time and has watched it 30 to 40 times. Nuts! But explains a lot about him and his movies I think.
After all, I don't think I really enjoyed the movie and probably won't be able to watch it for a long time. And yes as others have pointed out the killer is hilariously bad at killing people.
Terrifying, to say the least. Psychopathy in the truest, most brutal form in visual media that I have seen. Despite it's very obvious editing flaws and the occasional dips in quality a long the way, Angst is a truly terrifying and stressful experience that won't leave my mind any time soon.
Angst may be among one of the best films about a murderer out there today.
That soundtrack kicks ass! And the performances from all the actors god damn, shit was intense.
Impressive but hollow.
yeah i really didn't get this one. it started off interesting but then when the main plot started it collapsed.
positives: the cinematography was unnerving and eccentric, and i enjoyed the commentary of the psychopath reciting his life, giving u a better grasp as to why he is the way that he is. it's a slasher film that feels raw, without glamorising the violence.
negatives: i couldn't STAND the psychopath. i get what Garald Kargl was going for to portray him in such an unhinged, disturbing manner but the mere sight of him and his presence alone angered me more so than disturb me. he just gave me the ick, but not in a way that makes me want to…
Amazing cinematography and very effective at making me feel dirty
"Ich hatte Angst. Angst vor mir selbst!"
Lange habe ich die Zweitsichtung dieses Ungetüms vor mir her geschoben, wer den Film kennt, dürfte verstehen wieso.
Denn "Angst" (1983) ist ein wahrlich erschütterndes Serienkiller-Portrait und erweist sich auch bei Mehrfachsichtung als nur schwer zu verdauende Seherfahrung, die einem gehörigen Schlag in die Magengrube gleicht.
Der Film beruht lose auf dem Fall des in Salzburg geborenen Werner Knieseks, der im Jahr 1980 drei Menschen ermordete.
Gerald Kargls einziger Spielfilm ähnelt insbesondere stimmungstechnisch den durchaus vergleichbaren, auch in den 80er Jahren entstandenen amerikanischen Serienkiller-Studien wie William Lustigs "Maniac" oder John McNaughtons "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer", die vor allem durch ihre rohe, knüppelharte Stimmung bestechen.
In Sachen verstörender Wirkung hebt sich "Angst"…
"Angst" has disorienting cinematography that's constantly panning, twisting, turning, twirling around the room, giving the film a disquieting, unhinged feel. Which is great, because the focus is an extremely unhinged maniac, who's obsessed with killing people. Erwin Ledger is frighteningly convincing in his role. The bug eyed stare, the empty stare, the animalistic behaviour – he seems rather suited for those things. The plot itself is nothing to write home about, but this isn't about telling a story, this is about a irreparably warped mind.
Surprised I’ve never head of this till today, absolutely harrowing account based on real life murders by Werner Kniesek, entirely from the killers POV. We enter the mind and life, the day after serving a ten year jail sentence of the twisted psychopathic serial killer... spoiler alert, it’s not pretty.
Incredibly directed, shot and paced and for my money almost too well acted, I couldn’t look away.
Double bill this with Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer for a fun night in with the whole family!
Movie title swap with: The Killer Must Kill Again!
No me ha impactado lo que debería (todo culpa por ver cosas más chocantes y más recientes) pero el trabajo de la cámara me ha encantado y el protagonista consigue provocarte cierta angustia.
Ned flanders: No me pidas salchichas de las gordotas.
Maude flanders: Ya sé que esas te hacen sentir violento.
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