(Erwin Leder, Silvia Rabenreither, et al / Blu ray / NR / (1983) 2015 / Cult Epics)
Overview: Erwin Leder (Das Boot, Schindler's List) plays a maniacal killer based on the real-life serial murderer Werner Kniesek. As he stalks through the bland Viennese countryside, Schulze's music pulses darkly, and Zbig's innovative first-person camerawork grabs you by the throat, never letting go. Angst is one film that, without any empty hyperbole, we can guarantee you'll never, ever forget.
Blu ray Verdict: "The fear in her eyes and the knife in the chest. That's my last memory of my mother. That's why I had to go to prison for four years, even though she survived." Those are the very first words spoken in 'Angst,' all be they by The Psychopath (Erwin Leder). In truth, I have always been a fan of the genre of serial killer movies. Not to get confused with slasher flicks because the serial killer movies are usually sophisticated with a realistic feel to them, causing an unnerving and disturbing feel.
Not to take away from the slasher because there is fun in those movies too, of course. 'Angst' is the best of the serial killer movies, in my personal opinion. 'Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer' is marvelous and Amoklauf is also a great film, but as far as putting you right in the serial killers mind, this movie does the best and it is very frightening.
The story starts with the lead character (basically the only lead character) walking up to a house. He knocks on the door and when the door opens he murders the person who answers with a hand gun. After being in jail for 10 years he is released. Upon his release he instantly gets started again murdering a mother and her grown children. One of which a retarded man in a wheelchair.
The story line may seem simple but in no means is the character simple. After he murders the person at the beginning of the movie we are shown events in documentary form leading up to the murder and him going into jail. So we become familiar with the character. But being familiar with the character and suddenly being put in the characters shoes are two different things.
The whole movie when he is released from jail is narrated by the killer, almost like he is thinking and we can hear his thoughts. When he goes into a restaurant and sits down at the table he starts getting uncomfortable after watching two young woman sitting at the bar. He starts thinking of sick things to do to them and as a result gets the feeling that everyone in the restaurant is watching him. So right away we, as the audience, get this uncomfortable feeling as well and we are also introduced to how paranoid the character is. Much of the movie is like this.
The moments in which he is murdering the family is almost unbearable and rather disturbing. I don't want to give to much away but be prepared to be disturbed. It's not the violent nature in which he kills these people it's almost the inevitable lead up to it. So, yes, watch this movie tonight, with friends, if possible, as not only will you need to have someone alongside you to ensure you are "not alone in the house," but you will definitely need someone to talk to about the film afterwards also! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
New High-definition Transfer
Optional playback with or without Prologue
New Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
Introduction by Gaspar Noé (2012)
Featurette: Erwin Leder in Fear (2015)
Interview with Gerald Kargl by Jorg Buttgeriet (2003)
Interview with cinematographer Zbigniew Rybzcynski (2004)
Audio Commentary by Gerald Kargl conducted by film critic Marcus Stiglegger
New HD Trailer
The Blu-ray debuts on September 8th, 2015!
'Angst' Blu-ray Purchase Link