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1,001 Ratings


Directed by Gerald Kargl
Austria, 1983
  • German
  • English


A killer is released from prison and breaks into a remote home to kill a woman, her handicapped son and her pretty daughter.

Our take

An infamous cult movie from Austria that dives into the life and mind of a serial killer and doesn’t look back. Intimately confined to the perspective of the killer, Angst is a risky yet altogether complex vision of the human mind gone astray.

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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