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ANGUISH being remade? That's an obscure one...

Published at: Feb. 11, 2009, 8:22 a.m. CST

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Have you seen 1987's ANGUISH? Probably not, but if you have visited the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin there's a good chance you know at least a few scenes from this movie. The Alamo has their "No Talking or We'll Take Your Ass Out" bits that play before every movie and the one that is probably my favorite features clips from this flick. ANGUISH is a weird, semi-experimental mind-fuck of a film about a chubby serial killer surgeon with a domineering hypnotist mother (played by the legendary Zelda Rubinstein)... or so you think. After this guy makes a house call and carves out some poor bastard's eyes the camera pulls back and suddenly you're in the audience and you realize you're watching a movie within a movie. But that's just the beginning of things. The events going on in the movie are being mirrored in the real world and maybe even having an effect on the real world as a man is driven to insanity and quietly begins killing the people in the theater. Now, I don't know how you modernize this to take place in a multiplex and not have it be ridiculous, here's hoping Sam Raimi's GHOST HOUSE PICTURES does the right thing when they do the remake and set it in an old movie palace... c'mon, most places have something like that in their town, yeah? Variety's story also says Ghost House is up to remaking Danish horror film ROOM 205 (now called THE DORM), which will be directed JU-ON: THE GRUDGE style by original director Martin Barnewitz, with THE GRUDGE remake's Stephen Susco handling the adaptation. I have not seen the original so I have no comment on that one. WHEN A STRANGER CALLS' screenwriter, Jake Wade Wall has written the adaptation of ANGUISH. Hope it's good. The original is one of those really cool ideas that is doubly cool for being so unknown, but the idea is strong enough to survive someone else taking a stab at it. I just hope they get someone very talented... and Bring Back Zelda!!!


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  • Feb. 11, 2009, 7:37 a.m. CST

    Jake Wade Wall...

    by DirkVega

    is responsible for Amusement's aggressively terrible screenplay. That movie was anguish to sit through.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 7:38 a.m. CST

    weird

    by Jarek

    I'm sure I heard about this being remade like 5 years ago or so... maybe even longer. The original is messed up.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 7:43 a.m. CST

    The Dorm?!?

    by Crow3711

    How pathetic. I'm never seeing another horror movie called "The ...." ever again. And not to mention The Grudge is BY FAR the worst of the terrible slew of Japanese horror remakes, unless the Grudge 2 was somehow even more boring and wasted more time. The Uninvited. The Messengers. The Pulse. The Complete and Total Shit factory.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Crow3711

    by DirkVega

    Make an exception for The Home...

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Flashback from a Video Shop

    by Papa Lazaru

    I've never seen nor heard of Anguish , but for some reason that poster above with the old lady in front of the eyeballs rings all sorts of bells for me. Must have seen it back in the day at the local Video shop . Although why I never rented it on the strength of the cover I'll never know .

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 7:49 a.m. CST

    I have Anguish on VHS

    by maestrocity

    and on the cover it has an advisory that you MAY ACTUALLY BE HYPNOTIZED while watching the movie. You gotta love shit like that

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 7:57 a.m. CST

    some 15 year old cunt will stab someone in a theater

    by ironic_name

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Will the audience turn into demons?

    by kafka07

    you know, like in that movie Demons?

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Kafka07, good call on Demons...

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    But if we're going to see a remake of a theater-related horror film, I wanna see a remake of POPCORN!

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Saw it once years ago.

    by YeahSureWhatever

    Immediately forgot it.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 9:04 a.m. CST

    finally, a remake worth making.

    by kgerm

    remake something no one has seen or that few remember. not a fucking classic.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 9:12 a.m. CST

    The Tingler...

    by Righteous Brother

    should be remade, complete with seats wired up

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Anguish was terrific

    by ScottinDC

    Definitely a good horror film with some nasty moments that could make you squirm (several eyes get removed). It's hard to see why this of all films would be remade but I do hope they don't totally fuck it up.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Who are the ad wizards...

    by wampa 1

    ...that came up with this one?

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 10:58 a.m. CST

    anguish???

    by hank quinlan

    I remember when this came out when I was in 6th grade. And they advertised that it had the hypnotic effects. I always wanted to see it. When the Drafthouse showed it on Something weird Wednesdays you bet your ass I went. It sucked. Tedious. Boring. Almost plotless. Not scary. I really have no idea what you would even remake about it. And NO I didn't get hypnotized! Not pumped at all. What dumbass scraped the bottom of the barrel to buy those rights?

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Oh god no.

    by Some Dude

    This does not need a remake.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, noon CST

    my first BNAT application included...

    by Some Dude

    Anguish, Demons and Popcorn.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 12:23 p.m. CST

    THE EEEYYYEEESSS!!!!!!

    by Xian042

    This movie was VERY cool. It had a warning on the box that it can cause actual hypnosis in the viewer. Good stuff. Zelda rocks

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Always liked this one

    by KCMOSHer

    I've been a fan of this one since the wayback days. It's over the top, but I found showing the main girl's increasing fear of what's on the screen an effective way to build tension for the audience. I'm hoping they do it justice as well, the original is creepy goodness.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 2:18 p.m. CST

    yikes

    by The InSneider

    susco and wall are two of the biggest horror hacks in the biz, so OF COURSE, ghost house tapped them to write these remakes. ugh! why, sam, why?

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 12:20 a.m. CST

    VHS fracking rockz!

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    Nuff said.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Also...

    by Bodenland Unbound

    All the eyes used in "Anguish" were in fact real eyes from a private collection of eyes!