Anguish

Spain | 1987 | 86 mins | R

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Teen friends Patty (Talia Paul) and Linda (Clara Pastor) head to a theater to watch the latest slasher movie, “Mommy,” featuring a deranged matriarch (Zelda Rubinstein) who hypnotizes her son (Michael Lerner) to steal other people’s eyeballs and return them to her. Unfortunately for the girls, while the on-screen killer nabs victims in a movie theater, a deranged “Mommy” fan (Ángel Jovè) creeps through the film’s audience, reenacting the movie’s murders in real time.


Director: Bigas Luna
Cast: Zelda Rubenstein, Michael Lerner


DETAILS

An ophthalmologist’s assistant with an unhealthy interest in human eyeballs goes on a killing spree to collect eyeballs for his overbearing mother’s collection. Reality soon takes a bizarre turn, both for the characters and the audience.

Before director Bigas Luna became known for his brand of peculiar sex comedies (JAMÓN, JAMÓN and GOLDEN BALLS), he assaulted the audience with this hypnotic and disorienting blast of funhouse horror. Zelda Rubinstein (POLTERGEIST) and Michael Lerner (BARTON FINK) give truly unhinged performances as a deranged mother and son team, lashing out against the world. The less you know going into this film the better, except that it’s a truly unique cinematic experience. – Steven Landry

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