Anguish (1987) (DVD Review)
Directed By: Bigas Luna
Starring: Zelda Rubinstein, Michael Lerner, Talia Paul
Rated: R/Region: 0/Widescreen/Number of disc: 1
Available From Blue Underground
A film-within-a-film thriller about two teen girls among a small group of people whom are terrorized in a movie theater by a killer while watching a horror film about a murderous optometrist who stalks his victims listens to his dear Mom too much and tries to take eyes, in a movie theater in the film. Plus add in the fact that back in the day people were watching this movie about a movie theater in a movie theater while they were also sitting in a movie theater!! My head may just explode!!!
Does anyone out there remember the film Anguish or am I the only man alive that had no clue about it until a few weeks ago?? Now, this is a movie that has gotten some rather mixed reviews from the people I know in my inner circles, but I can’t hate on it too much. Actually, I can kinda praise it in ways. Sure it’s got that late 80’s curse working against it, but it’s not half bad. An opinion I have that I think more of you will agree with me with rather than disagree with me. So let’s get all trippy and check this out shall we?? Some might say, and I might be forced to agree, that the movie called “The Mommy” on the screen that is the movie inside this movie, might be the better movie on its own. It features none other than Michael Lerner and Zelda Rubinstein as it’s main players, while the actual movie has, well, nobody of note. Add in the factor that our main female is VERY annoying and whines and cries her way through this thing. I don’t believe we should be beating on women, not at all. But someone needed to backhand this bitch.
Now lame character(s) aside, the film (and mostly the film inside the film) gives us some pretty cool gore at times. There are times it takes place off screen and there is also times it takes place while on the screen. When it’s on the screen, it’s pretty damn fun. Gore can go a long way, and while this movie relied on some aspects way too much (like the hypnotism stuff and the less said about that the better), the gore can bring you back in, even when some middle ways dragging can almost make you tune out a bit. So while it sounds a little complex and silly, it’s not THAT bad. Now I’ll take my beanie off to the plot and concept of the film. I think the movie inside a movie thing is really cool, especially for 1987. I like 80’s movies as much as the next horror blogger, but I feel things were lacking a bit in 1987. I have no idea how this one went under the radar without me seeing it until now. I think if seen by more folks it’ll be a well-liked film, even if it does drag at times. Also, I’ll admit the ending gets a little too “run of the mill” for its time, but I guess we can look over some stuff right?