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The spirit of a deceased knight returns every 100 years to clean a house by graphically murdering the women who are making the life of his descendants unbearable. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Paul Naschy ... Paul / Alaric de Marnac
Julia Saly ... Geneviève
Lola Gaos ... Mabile
Silvia Miró ... Mireille
Frances Ondiviela ... Julie (as Pat Ondiviela)
Manuel Zarzo ... Dr. Lacombe
José Vivó ... Dr. Rigaud
Charly Bravo
José Sacristán ... Alain (as José Sacristán Hernández)
Salvador Sáinz ... Catholic Priest
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Héctor Cantolla ... Paul / Alaric de Marnac (voice) (uncredited)
Teresa del Olmo ... Mabile (voice) (uncredited)
Ángela González ... Julie (voice) (uncredited)
Carole Kirkham ... Alaric's wife (uncredited)
María Romero ... Geneviève (voice) (uncredited)
María Luisa Rubio ... Mireille (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Naschy  (as Jacinto Molina)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Antonio Fos  uncredited
Paul Naschy  (as Jacinto Molina)

Produced by
Augusto Boué .... executive producer
Julia Saly .... producer
Original Music by
Moncho Alpuente 
Servando Carballar 
Cinematography by
Julio Burgos 
Film Editing by
Roberto Fandiño 
Set Decoration by
Luis Vázquez 
Makeup Department
Fernando Florido .... makeup artist (as Fernan Florido)
Dolores García Rey .... hair stylist
Production Management
Juan Clemente Prosper .... production manager


Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Cries of Terror" - International (English title) (informal literal title)
"Frantic Heartbeat" - USA (informal English title)
"Panic Beats" - International (English title) (informal literal title)
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94 min
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Paul Naschy - Trash Virtuoso, 28 June 2008
Author: Bensch from Salzburg, Austria

"Latidos De Pánico" aka "Panic Beats" of 1983 is a neat little Horror film that mainly profits from a load of sleaze and Spanish Horror/Exploitation-icon Paul Naschy, who serves as leading man, writer and director. Paul Naschy enjoys a cult-status among my fellow fans of European Exploitation cinema, and, as far as I am concerned, his reputation is more than deserved. While the films he was involved in (as actor, writer, and sometimes, such as in this one, as director) may not qualify as being masterpieces or milestones, all Naschy films I've seen so far are highly entertaining, sleazy and violent little films that any fan of trashy low-budget Eurohorror should enjoy. What is most important, however, is that all of the man's films have a certain inimitable charm to them that can not be found anywhere but in a Naschy film. Naschy is probably best known for his role as Werewolf Waldemar Daninsky, whom he played in thirteen films so far, most famously in "La Noche De Walpurgis" of 1971. The character of the blood-thirsty knight Alaric De Marnac, whom Naschy plays here, is more sardonic than the Werewolf character, and, once again, the film has to do with a family curse. Naschy had already played Alaric De Marnac once, ten years earlier, in "El Esperanto Surge De La Tumba" ("Horror Rises From The Tomb", 1973). In addition to a creepy atmosphere and the usual Naschy-esquire charm, this sequel has a wonderful sense of black humor.

In the 16th century, the insane knight Alaric De Marnac (Naschy) terrorizes rural France with his blood-lust, using mainly his favorite weapon, the flail. Centuries later, his ancestor Paul Marnac (also Naschy) comes to his family's old castle with his wife, who needs the rural air in order to cure her heart disease... The film may not have the most logical storyline ever, but it delivers more than just diverting sleaze and gore. Naschy the director delivers a wonderful atmosphere, and Naschy the actor delivers an awesome lead. Sexy Paquita Ondiviela gets naked at every occasion and she also fits very well in the female lead. Paul Naschy plays his two roles with his usual greatness. Some may disagree, but I am personally a massive Naschy-fan, as he makes every film worthwhile, and his status as a Eurohorror-icon is more than justified. And while "Latidos De Panico" is maybe no milestone, I highly recommend it to my fellow fans of Eurohorror. Even if cheesy, this is great fun and a film that Exploitation lovers should enjoy. Not to be missed by my fellow Naschy-fans!

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