John is an ophthalmologist´s assistant who is quite inept at his job. Back at home his overprotecting mother Alice hypnotizes him and orders him to murder his patients and retrieve their eyes.
When it comes to "foreign movies" (aka non USA movies), not only does the language differ but most importantly the style is completely different. Regarding horror movies the aesthetic is quite different from the jump-scare and focused on body count of USA style, so it's no wonder why I enjoyed "Anguish" as much as I did. "Anguish" counts with a fantastically clever storytelling, a peculiar story (any movie that starts with a warning saying that it will subject the audience to mild hypnosis and mild subliminal messages has my attention, even if it turns out to be bullshit) which premise reminds me of "Demons", Luna´s direction is quite clever as he seamlessly confuses the audience by blending the line of fiction and reality, it has some creepy imagery, and overall is quite fun to watch. But even if this is a clever and fun film, it has major pacing issues. By the time the third act starts, the film ran out of ideas.
"Anguish" is an intriguing, clever and highly enjoyable horror film that stands out in its genre. While it isn't anything groundbreaking, as I said it is quite similar to "Demons", it is a horror movie worth watching.
Worth a rental at the very least.
To say too much would spoil the fun, but it's hard to imagine the kind of experience one would have watching this film in the theatre, the way it was meant to be seen. Without a doubt, anyone seated in the standard rows of their local mulitplex would be able to catch other film patrons anxiously looking behind them every few minutes as if to assure themselves that the movie is a work of fiction. Though the story at the film's heart would be of little interest to anyone not suffering from ommetaphobia (though you're bound to gasp in shock at least once), the elements surrounding it and mindbending transit across the suspension of disbelief are enough to warrant at least one viewing.
This movie is great at getting into your head, and has a pretty original twist considering the time it came out. Zelda Rubenstein is classically creepy in the role of " The Mommy ", perhaps topping her most well-known role in Poltergeist. My absolute dream would be watching this movie in an old theater with a bunch of friends.
* i'm waiting for mommy!! *