A teenage girl is finally old enough to understand that the cause of her psychological problems is a supernatural “gift” that is allowing a spirit to force itself inside her. The girl must decide whether she wants to keep fighting or succumb.
Sixteen-year-old Tess (RYAN SIMPKINS, ‘SURVEILLANCE’, ‘REVOLUTIONARY ROAD’) has suffered a pained past. She’s been diagnosed with an assortment of mental ailments since her mother, Jessica (ANNIKA MARKS, ‘MONA LISA SMILE’, ‘THE SESSIONS’), discovered her at a young age gruesomely banging her head against a wall. Now Tess’s new medication seems to be working as she and her mother move to a new town seeking a fresh start.
But as Tess adjusts to her new life, horrific visions begin appearing of a deceased local girl, Lucy (AMBERLEY GRIDLEY, ‘THE BLACKOUT’, ‘SKINS’), recently killed in a grisly car accident. Hallucinations and physical manifestations intensify as Lucy’s haunted spirit inhabits Tess’s mind, body and soul.
Doctors, sedatives, and priests (suspecting possession from beyond the grave) fail to help, leading Tess to be institutionalized after attempting to take her own life. While she is under observation, a local priest fears that it is Lucy attempting to return by taking control of the troubled Tess, and suggests exorcism as the only way to drive the dead girl out and bring peace to both of these tortured young souls…
Director SONNY MALLHI On Challenging, Entertaining and Scaring Audiences
Writer / Director / Producer Sonny Mallhi has had a varied career in the film industry from executive, to writer, to producer and to now directing his first film. He has worked on projects as a development executive for such films as ‘THE GRUDGE’, ‘THE RING’, and ‘THE DEPARTED.’ He’s produced ‘THE STRANGERS’, ‘THE LAKE HOUSE’, ‘SHUTTER’, ‘HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET’, and ‘THE ROOMMATE.’
“’ANGUISH’ is a personal film for me, allowing me explore my own notions and coming up with my own answers to my questions of faith and belief. It is set in and around the town where I grew up and is about the people I grew up with. My goals as a filmmaker have been to try and show the audiences from my town and towns like it, something they haven’t seen before; whether it is a new way of looking at a place; a new way of looking at others; or even a new way of looking at themselves.