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821 Ratings


Directed by Gerald Kargl
Austria, 1983


A man is released from prison after serving four years for murdering an elderly woman. He quickly begins to feel the compulsion to kill again. The films follows the life of this murderer during 24 hours.

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Angst Directed by Gerald Kargl

Critics reviews

The purpose of Angst is elusive. It’s not scary or suspenseful in a genre sense, its psychology is deliberately textbook, and its violence, despite a rather pitiful fit of necrophilia, is almost tasteful. Its relentlessly inventive imagery suggests a vision but the takeaway is strangely uninteresting; although the Kniesek killings marked Austrian consciousness, the violence here suggests no larger significance.
October 02, 2015
Shot in an avant-garde combination of high overhead shots and tight close-ups of faces (of the living and the dead), and featuring an electronic score by Klaus Schulze, Angst quickly outpaces its true-life serial-killer origins to become essential arthouse horror, though only for those with the strongest of constitutions.
July 01, 2015

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