Angst (07/01)

Angst, photographed by legendary Oscar-winning Polish animator/experimentalist Zbig Rybczynski and scored by Krautrock synth god Klaus Schulze (formerly of Tangerine Dream), is one hell of a gorgeously stylized and shockingly visceral experience: a forgotten classic on the fringes of the slasher cycle. Erwin Leder (Das Boot, Schindler’s List) plays a maniacal killer based on the real-life serial murderer Werner Kniesek. As Leder stalks through the bland Viennese countryside, Schulze’s music pulses darkly on the soundtrack, and Zbig’s innovative “first-person” POV camerawork grabs you by the throat, never letting go. A huge influence on Noé’s I Stand Alone and his early short Carne, Angst is one film that, without any empty hyperbole, we can guarantee you’ll never, ever forget.

Dir. Gerald Kargl, 1983, DCP, 75 min. Director’s Cut