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Anguish (2015)



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A new girl in a quiet town, Tess (Ryan Simpkins) tries to manage her psychosis while adjusting to her new life with her mom (Annika Marks). After stumbling upon the shrine of Lucy (Amberley Gridley), a hit and run victim, Tess finds herself overwhelmed by hallucinations of the dead girl and starts to question her sanity again. When the spirit possesses Tess's mind and soul, mother and daughter are at a loss for where to turn next for salvation: religion or medicine? Both institutions have failed them to date but faith leads them to the house of Sarah (Karina Logue), Lucy's mother, who has been despondent since the accident. All together with time working against them, Sarah is desperate to believe that Lucy is still alive in Tess but neither parent wants to give up on their daughter. Now that she understands what is happening to her, ultimately Tess must decide whether she wants to keep fighting or succumb to her affliction.

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Annika Marks
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Critic Reviews for Anguish

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5)

The film ends up a lovely rumination on the bond between mother and daughter that transcends death and dimension.

March 28, 2018 | Full Review…

If ever a film failed to live up to its title... mild impatience, more like it.

April 3, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

A film called Anguish hardly sounds enticing but I think I'd prefer anguish to what this arthouse horror actually serves up, which is plain tedium.

March 31, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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We get a fair bit of indie-aimless drifting, with some hokey jump-scares weirdly bolted on, borrowed from Carrie and The Exorcist.

March 31, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

There's not much to be said about Sonny Mallhi's languid psychological drama - moonlighting as a possession-centered horror film - that hasn't already been said by the title.

December 15, 2015 | Full Review…

Within a matter of hours, Anguish went from an ambiguous horror title to one of my top horror films of the year.

March 28, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Anguish

I don't think this review will end up being fair towards the film. And I say this because there were parts of the film where I pretty much zoned out because I was literally falling asleep. I'll come out with this right now, I thought the film was really quite boring. But I wasn't falling asleep because of that, I was legitimately really tired as I hadn't slept that well that day. The film has an interesting concept, in that it's not a conventional ghost movie. The ghost in question, trying to possess the body of this teenage girl with mental health issues, isn't evil. She doesn't have any intentions to ruin anyone's life, the ghost, or spirit rather, another teen girl, is using the protagonist as sort of a host to deliver a message to her grieving mother apologizing for her behavior when she was alive. But, that's revealed until much later, and that opens a whole new can of worms with the fact that the host girl's spirit is now stuck with the rest of the other spirits and she does not want to repossess her body. Or something. That's the best way I could explain it. What I do like about this 'possession' aspect of the story is that it focuses on characters and how they want to fix things before being 'at peace' rather than on the supernatural, which is where the film, to me, really faltered. Before the reveal of what's happening, the film pretty much does next to nothing with it. There's some scenes that are cool, like the one with all of the hands pressed up against the mirror as Tess is heading to her home but, other than that, I just found the film to be uninteresting. I think they wanted to be cute and disguise itself as something dealing with mental health issues before they throw it to something supernatural. Let's just say that this isn't They Look Like People. I just feel that they don't really capture what it must be like to raise someone with these issues, despite their attempts to do so. I don't really know what else to say honestly, this just isn't a very interesting movie. It had an interesting concept, at least once they reveal what's really going on, but everything prior to that felt so unnecessary and boring. Like if I felt I wouldn't have missed anything if I had decided shut this film off. And I'd be lying if I said I only thought this as I was watching. I think this now. I'm not saying it was a complete waste of time, because it wasn't. I can think of many ways to spend my time and this wouldn't even bear near the bottom of that list. But I also didn't get absolutely anything from this. And that's really the worst type of movie, the film that, when you're done, you question yourself as to why you didn't watch anything better. Not because it was bad, because of how utterly boring everything was. I didn't think this was a bad movie. It's below average at best, but what hurts it the most is how there's nothing that's holding your interest that motivates you enough to keep watching until the end. I did watch it until the end, cause that's just the way I am, but I wonder why I did after the fact. Eh, with that said, there's a good concept here, but that only comes in much later in the story. Everything prior to that is a whole lot of nothingness. I can't recommend this film, in the slightest. And I saw it on Netflix too, so that should tell you something. There's much better films out there, like 10 Cloverfield Lane, tomorrow's review. It's gonna take far more effort for 10 Cloverfield Lane to be bad than the effort it took to make this a below average flick. Yea, don't watch.

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