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Angst (German for "Fear") is a 1983 Austrian horror film directed by Gerald Kargl and starring Erwin Leder (better known as Johann in Das Boot). The plot concerns a psychopathic serial killer (Leder), recently released from prison, who starts committing more murders in the hopes that it will get him incarcerated again, driven by a desire to see the fear in the eyes of his victims.

Though relatively obscure, the film has been highly acclaimed for its unconventional camera work, intense acting performances, and its score by Klaus Schulze, a portion of which was later re-used in Michael Mann's 1986 film Manhunter.

Gaspar Noé has cited the film as a major influence on his directorial style.

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This film includes examples of the following tropes:

  • Ax-Crazy: The unnamed serial killer is a bit off his rocker, to say the least.
  • Dutch Angle: Used frequently to illustrate the killer's disturbed state of mind.
  • Euroshlock: A quintessential example, featuring all sorts of graphic mayhem and a relentlessly downbeat tone.
  • For the Evulz: The killer admits many times that he takes pleasure in killing. He also seems to even derive sexual satisfation.
  • Gorn: The murder scenes in this film are brutal.
  • Villain Protagonist: The unnamed killer played by Erwin Leder.
  • Very Loosely Based on a True Story: The story is loosely based on that of real-life serial killer Werner Kniesek.


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