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Panic (1982)

Bakterion (original title)
A scientist's experiment with a deadly bacteria goes awry and leaves him horribly deformed. The monstrous man then runs amok in his town.

Director:

Tonino Ricci (as Anthony Richmond)

Writers:

Víctor Andrés Catena (as Victor A. Catena), Jaime Comas Gil (as Jaime Comas)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
David Warbeck ... Captain Kirk
Janet Agren ... Jane Blake
Roberto Ricci Roberto Ricci ... Professor Adams
José Lifante ... Sergeant O'Brien (as José R. Lifante)
Miguel Herrera Miguel Herrera ... Professor Vince
Eugenio Benito Eugenio Benito ... Father Braun
Ovidio Taito Ovidio Taito
José María Labernié José María Labernié ... Colonel Rutledge
Ilaria Maria Bianchi Ilaria Maria Bianchi
Fabián Conde Fabián Conde ... Drunk
Vittorio Calò Vittorio Calò
Franco Ressel ... Mr. Milton
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A scientist's experiment with a deadly bacteria goes awry and leaves him horribly deformed. The monstrous man then runs amok in his town.

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PRAY it doesn't happen HERE

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Country:

Italy | Spain

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

7 December 1982 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Monster of Blood See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Telecolor)
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Dreary Italian sci-fi-horror
2 December 2009 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

This has to rank as one of the poorest Italian genre pictures that I have sat through. It's about a virus that turns a scientist into a rotting homicidal maniac, leading to government plans to bomb the town where he is at large. Really, this is a disappointment, seeing as even Z-Grade Italian products usually succeed in at least being entertaining. Sadly Panic is not one of those films. It's pacing is awful, as it drags on and on with little development or plot structure. And to add insult to injury, there's really no tension or scares either. Another bugbear for me is the fact that this one is set in the UK, despite being an Italian production. Many Italian genre films do this but it's rarely convincing and was clearly done in an attempt to appeal to the Anglo-American market. But, frankly, sun-kissed Italian locations are just more preferable to me, so this factor just makes things even more dreary.

Logic isn't a defining feature of Italian movies in general and this one is no exception. Quite why the government come to the decision to obliterate the town off the face of the planet because of the presence of a lone toxic madman is really never fully explained. Neither are the events at the beginning of the movie where the virus breaks out detailed clearly at all. A swat team is called in and we briefly see a scientist with his hands over his face covered in green goo. And that's it. It's rubbish and incomprehensible. Admittedly it seemed obvious that the version I saw was cut of violence and nudity, which hardly helped, but really that would only account for a small amount of missing material. Ultimately, the film is wrapped up in a seriously underwhelming manner too.

Panic does not come recommended. It's just so shoddily put together and it's unlikely to impress too many people. The only point of interest in it is that the lead character is called Captain Kirk without even a hint of irony.


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