1983   Austria Angst
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Director:Gerald Kargl
Studio:Gerald Kargl
Writer:Zbigniew Rybczynski, Gerald Kargl
IMDb Rating:7.4 (6,503 votes)
Genre:Drama, Horror, Thriller
Duration:87 min
Gerald Kargl  ...  (Director)
Zbigniew Rybczynski, Gerald Kargl  ...  (Writer)
Erwin Leder  ...  K., the Psychopath
Robert Hunger-Bühler  ...  Off-Text (voice)
Silvia Ryder  ...  Daughter (Silvia)
Karin Springer  ...  Daughter (voice)
Edith Rosset  ...  Mother
Josefine Lakatha  ...  Mother (voice)
Rudolf Götz  ...  Son
Kuba  ...  Dog
Renate Kastelik  ...  Taxi Driver
Hermann Groissenberger  ...  Guest at the Café
Claudia Schinko  ...  Guest at the Café
Beate Jurkowitsch  ...  Guest at the Café
Rosa Schandl  ...  Waitress at the Café
Rolf Bock  ...  Police Officer
Emil Polaczek  ...  Police Officer
Klaus Schulze  ...  Composer
Zbigniew Rybczynski  ...  Cinematographer
Comments: It can be difficult to kill a few people, especially if you're not well equipped and haven't thought a lot about the details of how you want to do it. You want it to be good, because emotionally empty killings don't cut it any more, so you fuck around a little, expecting your victims to reveal to you how they will die. One of your victims is so cognitively disabled he doesn't even recognize you as a killer. Another thinks you're being rude.

I wouldn't call this a comedy of errors but it does get value from being a home invasion terribly executed. In that sense it's more realistic.

I'm not a fan of 'narrated' films because it usually results in more telling than showing. This one is narrated by the killer and I lost interest in reading the subtitles, lost interest in the 'telling' because the showing is delicious. Nicely weird angles and framing. The killer is a genuinely creepy dude, and the use of one of those body harness cam things on him was a good choice. I enjoyed (in a recoiled way) watching this guy more than learning what was on his mind.

Summary: A man is released from prison after serving ten years for murdering an elderly woman. He quickly begins to feel the compulsion to kill again. After failing to murder a cab driver, he flees and discovers a secluded rural home, where a young woman lives with her sick mother and disabled brother. He then begins to take out his sadistic pleasures on them, attempting to hold them hostage, while thinking of his troubled childhood with his abusive mother and grandmother...

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