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Angst (Fear in English) is a 1983 Austrian serial killer film. Written and directed by Gerald Kargl with cinematography by Academy Award winner Zbigniew Rybczynski. Though little known the film has received praise for its unconventional camera work and intense acting performances, particularly from Actor Erwin Leder famous for his role as Johann in the Wolfgang Petersen film Das Boot.


Klaus Schulze's soundtrack for the film is probably more famous that the picture its self. It contains percussive and synth based music, similar in style to the work of Tangerine Dream whome Schulze was once in.

See Here: Angst (soundtrack)


Irréversible director Gasper Noe has on many occasions cited Angst as an influence on his film making style. He has been quoted several times talking about the film:

  • "There's another film called "Angst" or "Fear" which in France was called "Schizophrenia" but it was banned theatrically. It's got an X-rating so it never came out. It could maybe come out today. It's Austrian. One of the masterpieces of the decade. The director never did another movie though. He had too many debts so he stopped directing."
  • "Then there's an Austrian movie, Angst. It's about a man killing a family just in order to go back to prison, where he felt better. It's like a very dark, European version of Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer, but much more baroque in its filming. It was banned all over the world - even in France it was one of the last movies to be X-rated for extreme violence. I think it's going to be rediscovered everywhere in the next few years."

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