F. Javier Gutiérrez To Helm Reimagining of The Cult Film ANGUISH
Even though F. Javier Gutiérrez has had a relatively short career, his IMDB only lists six titles to his name. He is no stranger to the horror genre. With such titles as 2008’s Before The Fall, and the third film in the Ring franchise 2017’s Rings. He was also originally attached to the long-awaited Crow remake and is now confirmed to direct the remake to the 1987 cult film Anguish.
Kiko Martinez (Nadie es Perfecto) and Antonio Perez (Maestranza Films) have acquired the rights to the remake. Sam Raimi had originally considered rebooting the film through his production company Ghost House Pictures back in 2009.
Anguish is a complex and terrifying film with a modern spin: An ode to theaters in the middle of this tendency to view content at home through streamers. Cinema within cinema in a sinister ‘Freudian’ parallelism between reality and fiction that is obsessed with the viewer’s gaze. – Unfiled films
Gutiérrez says that, “Anguish left a mark on me. It is original and transgressive, hypnotic and violent, as well as a love letter to the movies and to our cinemas. It is a dream, and a responsibility, to bring back to the big screen the classic by Bigas Luna, one of Spain’s most personal and beloved authors.”
Originally released in 1987 Anguish was written and directed by Spanish writer and filmmaker Bigas Luna. It starred legendary actress Zelda Rubinstein (Poltergeist), Michael Lerner (Barton Fink), Talia Paul (It’s My Party), and Angel Jove (Reborn).
A controlling mother uses telepathic powers to send her middle-aged son on a killing spree.
I recall Anguish being a very disturbing slasher that drew the viewer into a wormhole of a film within a film and I look forward to this reimagining. If you have any thoughts and would like to continue the conversation, you can leave a comment below or on our Facebook page, Twitter, or Instagram. You can now find Dread Central on Google News or you can carry on the vibe with me personally on Twitter @psychobillychef!