Film Review: ANGST (1983)

Film Review: ANGST (1983)

Feb 5, 2017

IMDb: Angst (1983)
Director: Gerald Kargl
Stars: Erwin Leder, Robert Hunger-Bühler, Silvia Ryder

A couple years back, the Cult Epics release of Angst was kind of a big deal. It got a Blu-ray restoration that got mixed reviews from many of the websites that I was following. As far as I’m concerned, the Blu-ray restoration isn’t always necessary from a collector’s standpoint. For me, it really comes down to the quality of the film, price of the release, and nostalgia attached to the original release.

Angst was the only directorial credit for Austrian born Gerald Kargl in 1983. If anything, a restored director’s cut is good for obscure and extreme cinema. The problem is that this movie isn’t really that extreme. It could be incredibly extreme. It centers around a character with a compulsion to kill. He struggles with readjusting to the outside world after serving time for a violent crime. While on the outside, he is forced to deal with present stress and past demons. His past abuse surprisingly enough (cough, cough sigh) becomes a major catalyst for new found violence.

This movie is like other “extreme” exploitation films that fall short for me. While I appreciate many of these films for what they did for cinema, some of the just manage to underwhelm. Films like House at the Edge of the Park and Blood Shack are other examples of cult sensations that are overrated in my opinion. Mind you, this does not mean I did not add all of them to my collection when I found them for the right price.

The thing with Angst is that the Blu-ray price was not right. I am very glad that I didn’t pre-order this film when the hype began. Sadly, the price is still not right. I really cannot believe it hasn’t gone down in this amount of time. So I will wait around. It is a movie I can wait to find in a Facebook group when someone is trying to unload a lot for a little.

So in the end, Angst is a short film that feels long. It is definitely a low budget indie film, and I understand that he didn’t have a whole lot to work with. There are many low budget films, however, that have better actors, more effective violence, better gore, and better camera work. In the end, this film is straight up lacking in bang for your buck. It is too rare to be cheap, or not good enough to get multiple releases. I don’t know. All I do know, is that I wanted it to be better. Now, I am sad. Goodbye.