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Don't Panic (1978)

Escalofrío (original title)
A young couple are tricked into going into a sinister house where a coven of devil-worshipers waits for them.

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Complete credited cast:
Ángel Aranda ...
Bruno
Sandra Alberti ...
Berta
Mariana Karr ...
Ana (as Marian Karr)
José María Guillén ...
Andres
Manuel Pereiro
Luis Barboo ...
Guarda (as Luis Bar-boo)
José Pagán ...
Médico
Isidro Luengo ...
Vecino
Ascensión Moreno ...
Vecina
Carlos Castellano ...
Mendigo
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Andy and Thelma, an urbanite couple living in Madrid, leave their apartment for a pleasant day around the city with their dog. They cross paths with Bruno and Anne, a strange couple who invite them to their foreboding country estate. A storm hits that evening and the two stay overnight. The couples engage in a bit of harmless communication with spirits via ouija board, but soon past conflicts arise Thelma had an affair with Andy's brother, and Anne criticizes Bruno over his attempted suicide. This is only the beginning of all the horrors that will haunts them in the house. Written by Ørnås

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14 August 1978 (Spain)  »

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Pretty decent Spanish horror flick from the '70's
15 June 2006 | by (Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

I wouldn't have been surprised to find out that, Carlos Puerto, the obscure director of this Spanish horror semi-classic was actually a pseudonym for the more famous Spanish/English director Jose Larraz. Puerto is apparently a real guy, even though his film is eerily similar to many of those of Larraz with its plot of an innocent couple being lured to a remote house in the wilderness and being preyed on by a satanic coven of sexual degenerates.

The good news though is that this tends to eerily resemble a good Larraz film like "Symptoms" or "Vampyres" rather than a bad Larraz film like "Whirlpool" or "Black Candles". The bad news is that this suffers from the same problem of many (especially latter-day) Larraz films and many other films of the post-Franco "destapa" period--the emphasis on softcore sex and gratuitous nudity at times brings the story to a complete standstill and threatens to overwhelm any suspense or tension the story has built up. Luckily though the film is fairly skillfully done and the acting is good (I don't know who any of these actors are, but they're better than almost anyone Larraz ever worked with).

The ending is especially non-sensical even as far as Eurohorror goes, and dog lovers might not like the movie much, but it's still one of the better Spanish horror films I've seen from this period and the new DVD is widescreen and looks really good. Mirala!


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