Angustia (1986)

35mm film, J-D-C Scope, Eastmancolor, 2.35:1
Dolby, Spanish

A Spanish horror film directed by Bigas Luna.

Plot Summary

An overbearing mother treats her diabetic son John with kid gloves. Naturally, John loves his mother and when she gets fired from her job in the local hospital, the couple embark on a bizarre scheme of revenge. John – who is slowly losing his sight due to his diabetes – is hypnotised by his mother and begins stalking victims, graphically removing their eyeballs.


Director: Bigas Luna
Luna, Pepon Coromina, Samba P.C.
Executive Producer: George Ayoub
Producer: Pepón Coromina
Script: Bigas Luna
English Dialogue: Michael Berlin
Director of Photography: Joseph M. Civit
Editor: Tom Sabin
Music: J.M. Pagan
Make Up: Matilde Fabregat
Special Effects: Francisco Teres
Production Designer: Andreu Coromina
Locations: Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain; Los Angeles, California, USA; Madrid, Spain; New York City, New York, USA

Zelda Rubinstein (Alice Pressman)
Michael Lerner (John Pressman)
Talia Paul (Patty)
Ángel Jovè (the killer)
Clara Pastor (Linda)
Isabel García Lorca (Caroline)
Nat Baker (teaching doctor)
Edward Ledden (doctor)
Gustavo Gili (student 1)
Antonio Regueiro (student 2)
Joaquín Ribas (student 3)
Janet Porter (laboratory nurse)
Patricia Manget (nurse at clinic 1)
Merche Gascón (nurse at clinic 2)
Jose M. Chucarro (Caroline's boyfriend)
Antonella Murgia (ticket girl)
Josephine Borchaca, Joy Blackburn (concession girls)
Georgie Pinkley (Laura)
Francesco Rabella (Don)
Diane Pinkley (popcorn woman)

Alternative Titles

Angoisse – French title
L'angoscia – Italian title
Anguish – English language title
Im Augenblick der Angst – German title

Includes extracts from
The Lost World (1925)



  • Cinefantastique March 1988 p.116 – review
  • Deep Red no.2 p.62 – review
  • Fear November/December 1988 p.35 – review
  • Mad Movies no.51 p.41 – review
  • Mad Movies no.53 pp.44 – 45 – illustrated article
  • Samhain no.16 pp.34 – 35 – review
  • Shock Xpress vol.2 no.3 (Spring 1988) p.26 – review


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.413
  • Elliot's Guide to Films on Video p. 30 – credits, review
  • Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.24 – credits, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films Volume IV by Donald C. Willis p.20 – credits

Other sources

  • BFI Southbank Guide April 2015 p.15 – illustrated listing