Reviewed by: Jamey Hughton
What's it about
Helen (Fiona Horsey) is a nice British girl who discovers that her woman parts are literally inhaling men who try to have their way with her. A bloke named Dennis (Paul Conway), who may be the only decent guy in England, tries to track her down after she takes up prostitution to feed her cravings.
Is it good movie?
ANGST (a.k.a. PENETRATION ANGST) is a very low budget horror-comedy shot in the U.K. and released there in 2003, only to find North American distribution now. This strikes me as curious because another similarly-themed film called TEETH just premiered at Sundance in January and was sold for a juicy $2.5 million. That movie also features a lead female character with a certain advantage when fending off male aggressors. Apparently the market for “vagina dentata” movies is HUGE right now.
Unfortunately, ANGST has trouble living up to the promise of private parts that “devour,” as the DVD proclaims. The budget doesn’t allow for scenes of spraying gore and elaborate death scenes; Helen’s victims sort of just.... vanish into thin air, and for some reason leave their clothes and personal items behind (I guess this vagina is a fussy eater). The special effects are incredibly cheap (the exploding van gave me a good laugh), but on a budget this restricted you can’t expect much. ANGST has the advantage of its depraved subject matter, which at least keeps things interesting in that deviant and twisted sort of way that you expect from a “Masters of Horror” installment. Men in this movie are monsters and rapists, happy to take advantage of Helen, and of course this leads to many scenes of sweet revenge for feminists everywhere.
The description on the DVD focuses solely on the eyebrow raising man-eating vagina plot because that’s obviously the titillating selling point, but the movie only devotes a portion of screen time to this. The rest follows Dennis on a bizarre series of semi-romantic encounters while he’s on the trail of true love Helen, the first involving a pair of Siamese twins (played by twin sisters Amy and Beth Steel). This subplot drones on and on; meanwhile Horsey actually gives a decent, convincing performance and spends half the film naked (she’s quite gorgeous). Those keeping track of exposed breasts may lose count at some point.
Video / Audio
Video 4x3 Widescreen format
Audio English (Dolby 5.1 Surround), English (Dolby 2.0 Stereo), optional Spanish subtitles
Making of Angst Interviews and behind-the-scenes stuff from the set, this was made by the film's assistant director Dirk Kuhsel, who apparently favors lots and lots of stylish running shots.
Trailers for LIVE FEED, TWISTED SISTERS, and LOVESICK: SICK LOVE (wow, great title). The latter two are from this film's director, Wolfgang Büld.
ANGST might be worth a look if you can handle a dirt cheap budget and you enjoy T&A and excessive deviance. It also has one hilarious scene with an electric bread knife. It sees its story through to a proper conclusion and offers a few amusing twists, but in the world of man-eating vagina movies I don’t see it as anything special.