IMDb Rating
Directed By
Bigas Luna
Produced By
Pepón Coromina
Written By
Bigas Luna
Michael Lerner
Zelda Rubinstein
Talia Paul
Àngel Jové
Music By
José Manuel Pagàn
Josep M. Civit
Editing By
Tom Sabin

Distributed By
Luna Film
Release Date(s)
8 January 1987 (U.S.)
86 minutes
Flag of Spain Spain
$2,000,000 (estimated)
$228.789 (USA)

Angustia (a.k.a. Anguish) is a 1987 Spanish-produced horror film starring Zelda Rubinstein, Michael Lerner Talia Paul, Angel Jove and Clara Pastor.

​Plot Edit

In the Los Angeles theater The Rex moviegoers watch the film within film The Mommy.

The Mommy tells the story of John Pressman (Michael Lerner) an extermaely myopic uncntrolled diabetic who Works as an ophthalmologist's assistant and is progressively growing bilnd For unstaed reasons his overbearing mother Alice (Zelda Rubinstein) hypnotizes him and induces him to murder people so that he can remove their eyes and bring them back to her One evening John-against his mother's wishes-barricades himself inside of a movie theater playing Lost World  where he sets about killing the patrons one by one with a scalpel Once John's rampage becomes apparent the surviving moviehoers attempt to flee the now sealed-off theater The police bring Alice to the theater in an attemptto end the siege in the course of trying to talk John down Alice is accientally shot to death by the police.   

As The Mommy wears on patrons of The Rex begin to experience anxiet attacks and disorientation in response to the events onscreen In particular one man grows progressively agitated constantly checking his watch and a teenage girl Patty bagins to break down in tears though she cannot entirely articulate her fear At a ket point in the film the man exits the theater and approaches the concession stand where he's recognized by an employee as a frequent of ​The Mommy ​Patty's friend Linda goes to use the bathroom moments later and witnesses The Man removing a gun from his jacket and killing the concession worker and another theater employee The Man drags their bodies to the bathroom-an act synchronized with John killing a woman in the bathroom of a movie theater in The Mommy ​Linda escapes the theater and stops a man passing on the street whom she asks to call the police.

In The Rex the man barricades the projectionist in projector booth and then slips back into the theater where he holds Patty at gunpoint and begins reciting dialogue from The Mommy ​When John Pressman begins his theater rampage onscreen the man begins indiscriminately shoothing patrons of The Rex using Patty as a haumn shield.

Outside The Rex a SWAT team arrives in synchronicity with the police's arrival at the theater in The Mommy The police obtain access to the projector booth via the roof and send in a smiper The man holds Patty hostage in front of the theater addressing Alice onscreen and asking her to come save him Attempts by the police to engage the man fail when the police in The Mommy kill Alice the man becomes enraged throws Patty to the ground and resumes firing into the audience the police sniper then shoots and kills him Parry looking up at the screen has a vision of John gouging out her eye with a scalpel. Outside Patty and Linda are reunited and Patty is taken to the hospital Doctors assure her that she is physically all right though the experience was mentally scarring As Lina leaves John appears in the elevtor and gouges out her eyes He then proceed to Patt's room and attacks her with a scalpel As the screen cuts to black the cemera pulls back to show a movie theater of patrons watching the events onscreen revealing that Patty's was in fact a film within a film within a film The credits for Anguish rol as the theater patrons leave one-by one.

Cast Edit

  • Zelda Rubinstein as Alice Pressman, the Mother
  • Michael Lerner as John Pressman
  • Talia Paul as Patty
  • Àngel Jové as The Killer
  • Clara Pastor as Linda
  • Isabel García Lorca as Caroline
  • Nat Baker as Teaching Doctor
  • Edward Ledden as Doctor
  • Gustavo Gili as Student #1
  • Antonio Regueiro as Student #2
  • Joaquín Ribas as Student #3
  • Janet Porter as Laboratoty Nurse
  • Patricia Manget as Nurse at Clinic #1
  • Merche Gascón as Nurse at Clinic #2
  • Jose M. Chucarro as Caroline's Boyfriends
  • Antonela Murgia as Ticket Girl
  • Josephine Borchaca as Concession Girl
  • Georgie Pinkley as Laura
  • Francesco Rabella as Don
  • Diane Pinkley as Popcorn Woman
  • Benito Pocino as Popcorn Man
  • Víctor Guillén as Sleepy
  • Evely Rosemika as Bathroom Woman
  • Michael Chandler as Projectionist
  • Vicente Gil as Taxi Driver
  • Michael Heat as Inspector
  • Marc Maloney as Elderly Man
  • Pedro Vidal as Police Officer
  • Robert Long as Police Officer
  • Jaime Ros as Police Officer (as Juame Ros)
  • Miguel Montfort as Police Officer
  • Jordi Estivill as Police Officer
  • Alberto Merelles as Police Officer
  • Javier Moya as Police Officer
  • John Garcia as Police Officer
  • Kit Kincannon as Salesman
  • Ttiana Thauven as Ticket Girl
  • Joy Blackurn as Concession Girl
  • Marc Maloney as Elderly Man
  • Jasmine Parker as Elderly Woman
  • Jean Paul Soto as Manny
  • Javier Durán as Moe
  • Marc Auba as Jack
  • Randall Stewart as First Murder
  • Eva Heald as Granny
  • Rose Sherpac as Granny's Friend
  • Emy Matías as Hairy Woman
  • Elisa Crehvet as Ann
  • Mingo Ràfols as Chicano
  • Maribel Martínez as Hysterical Woman
  • Gustavo Guarin as Hysterical Husband
  • Frank Craven as Sleepy
  • Mário Fernández as Black Boy
  • May Vives as Blond Girl
  • Craig Hill as Doctor at Hospital
  • Anita Shemanski as Nurse at Hospital
  • Fiacre O'Rafferty as Projectionist
  • Maria Richard as Patty's Mother
  • John Shelly as Patty's Father
  • Ricardo Azulay as Police Commander
  • Joe Wolberg as SWAT Commander
  • Steven Brown as SWAT Man #1
  • Fabia Matas as SWAT Man #2
  • Mark Parker as SWAT Man #3
  • Philip Rodgers as Medic
  • Joan Lloveras as Medic
  • Ignacia García as Medic
  • Jose Luise Amposte as Police Officer
  • Eric Pier as Police Officer
  • Clause Braum as Police Officer
  • Jorde Ferrer as Police Officer
  • Jorde Torras as Police Officer
  • Pep Cukart as Police Officer
  • Tito Álvarez as Police Officer
  • John Heald as Police Officer
  • Angelika Thiblant as Police Officer
  • Dinky as Police Officer
  • Elvira Salles as Nurse in Street
  • Tatiana Girl as Nurse in Street
  • Margarita Borchaca as Nurse in Street
  • Julia Carrasco as Nurse in Street
  • María Guerín as Nurse in Street
  • Gilbert Price as Old cinema spactor
  • Edward Turnill as Old cinema spactor
  • Sandra Battcheri as Old cinema spactor
  • Wendy Bird as Old cinema spactor
  • Robert Berkley as Old cinema spactor
  • Josep Vilaplana as Old cinema spactor
  • Tony Corbet as Old cinema spactor
  • Ernestina Sabarich as Old cinema spactor
  • Jean Azulay as Old cinema spactor
  • Macarini as Old cinema spactor
  • Doris Rochtles as Old cinema spactor
  • Walter Chapper as Old cinema spactor
  • George Cowdery as Old cinema spactor
  • Luciano Federico as Old cinema spactor
  • Jaume Costa as Old cinema spactor

List of DeathsEdit

List of deaths in the film, Angustia

Name Cause of Death Killer On Screen Notes
Caroline Garden shears in chest 3 times John Pressman Yes Old Movie
Caroline's Boyfriend Face cut off with garden shears John Pressman Yes Old Movie
Student #1 Fell down stairs John Pressman Yes Old Movie
Don Throat slit with saw John Pressman Yes Old Movie
Laura Flatline John Pressman Yes Old Movie
Tricket Girl Killed The Killer Yes New Movie
Concession Girl Decapiated with knife The Killer Yes New Movie
Bathroom Woman Cut in half with chainsaw John Pressman Yes Old Movie
Concession Girl Garden shears in leg John Pressman Yes Old Movie
Tricket Girl Heart attach John Pressman Yes Old Movie
Patty's Father Strangled with movie tape The Killer Yes New Movie
Patty's Mother Arrow in chest The Killer Yes New Movie
Student #2 Neck snapped John Pressman Yes Old Movie
Sleepy Shot in sotmach with revolver The Killer Yes New Movie
Elderly Man Shot 8 times in torso with revolver The Killer Yes New Movie
First Murder Shot 2 times with revolver The Killer Yes New Movie
Ann Shot in head with recolver The Killer No New Movie
Salesman Heart attach The Killer No New Movie
Hairy Woman Impaled through back with book The Killer No New Movie
The Killer Garden shears in shoulder, Shot in penis with nail gun, torso slashed with bayonet SWAT Man Yes New Movie
Alice Pressman, Mother Knifed in back John Pressman Yes Old Movie
Linda Throat slice John Pressman Yes New Movie
Patty Unknown John Pressman Yes New Movie

Alternate title Edit

  • Angustia
  • Anguish (Spain)
  • Eyes (USA)
  • Angoisse (France)
  • Angoscia (Italy)
  • Im Augenblick der Angst (German)

See also Edit

External links Edit

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