Saturday, November 10, 2012

25 Horror Films: #4


Angst (Gerald Kargl, 1983)

I re-watched Angst yesterday to make sure I still wanted to include it on my list, and I wasn't quite as taken with it as I was when I first saw it a few years ago... Still, it's a striking film with an unsettling and off-kilter feel due not only to its central performanceErwin Leder fully embraces the role of a murderous, narrating protagonistbut also (and especially) due to its floating camerawork.

As a slasher film, Angst might be the best I've seen; it certainly deserves a place alongside the much better known and appreciated Black Christmas (1974) and Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974).

Here's what Gaspar Noé wrote about the film in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll:

"A great lesson in visual imagination but also in psychopathology. This film, still poorly known film in Anglo-Saxon countries, was my perpetual point of reference while shooting Seul Contre Tous. It’s the most emotional film about a murderer that I’ve ever seen. I had a VHS dubbed into French that I showed my friends about 50 times."

(Don't be discouraged from seeing Angst if you loathe I Stand Alone / Seul Contre Tous ; I do as well.)

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