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Don't Panic (1988)

 |  Horror  |  2 March 1989 (Mexico)
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On his seventeenth birthday, Michael unwittingly unlocks the evil forces of a Ouija board.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Michael Bischof ...
Michael
Gabriela Hassel ...
Alexandra
Helena Rojo ...
Mrs. Smith (as Helen Rojo)
Jorge Luke ...
Lt. Velazco (as George Luke)
Juan Ignacio Aranda ...
Tony
Eduardo Noriega ...
Fred
Roberto Palazuelos ...
John
Raúl Araiza ...
Robert (as Raúl Araiza Jr.)
Edna Bolkan ...
Teacher
Evangelina Elizondo ...
Reception Nurse
Mindie McCullum ...
Cristy (as Melinda McCallum)
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Debbie
Mario Iván Martínez ...
Peter
Lucho Gatica ...
Luis
Humberto Elizondo ...
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On his seventeenth birthday, Michael is given a present of a Ouija board by Tony his best friend. At a session, Tony using a medium known to him only as "Virgil", unwittingly unlocks the evil forces of the board. Soon there is a wave of violent killings and the chief suspect appears to be Michael. He has been witness to all the killings via premonitions and out of body experiences. Is Michael the killer? Can he prove his innocence or is someone else being possessed by the evil spirit...? Written by Anonymous

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No panic....only chuckles!
22 February 2005 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Ruben Galindo is one of those sneaky Mexican exploitation directors who makes quickie-movies for the the American market. The cast is filled with fresh American faces and premise as well as atmosphere are typically US high school-like. Only... the production is entirely Mexican! This technique saves the makers a few extra bucks and the fans of this type of cinema mostly don't notice the difference anyway. However, what you can't but notice about "Don't Panic" is the amateurism. The screenplay makes no sense at all as it attempts to blend the mysteries of the occult (an Ouija-board) with an ordinary high school slasher plot. A group of brainless friends summon a demon (named Virgil...not exactly a petrifying name, if you ask me) and this demon soon after possesses one of the kids. How did this Virgil ended up inside the body of the kid?? Who knows... Why does he think it's necessary to butcher everyone who joined the Ouija game?? Not explained, neither... There's no tension and no sense of humor to detect anywhere in the script. Well...at least not intended humor, because the stupidity and incompetence definitely will make you chuckle more than once! Also, if you plan to watch this film, you're better not allergic to atrocious acting. No matter how hard these teen-actors try, they have no acting skills at all. The best part about "Don't Panic" is – as usual – the gore! Screaming Mad George went nuts again and literally stuffed this film with repulsive massacre and entire buckets of blood. I'm not an expert but I sincerely doubt that an average human body contains so much blood. Oh well, if it wasn't for these gory moments, "Don't Panic" would be completely worthless. In conclusion: this probably is one of the only films ever that feature the hero (supposedly 17 years old) battling evil whilst wearing a ridiculous and utterly childish pajamas. Respect!


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