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Don't panic (1987)

Don't Panic (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror | 2 March 1989 (Mexico)
On his seventeenth birthday, Michael unwittingly unlocks the evil forces of a Ouija board.

Director:

Rubén Galindo Jr.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Michael Bischof Jon Michael Bischof ... Michael
Gabriela Hassel Gabriela Hassel ... Alexandra
Helena Rojo ... Mrs. Smith (as Helen Rojo)
Jorge Luke ... Lt. Velazco (as George Luke)
Juan Ignacio Aranda Juan Ignacio Aranda ... Tony
Eduardo Noriega ... Fred
Roberto Palazuelos ... John
Raúl Araiza ... Robert (as Raúl Araiza Jr.)
Edna Bolkan Edna Bolkan ... Teacher
Evangelina Elizondo ... Reception Nurse
Mindie McCullum Mindie McCullum ... Cristy (as Melinda McCallum)
Cecilia Tijerina ... Debbie
Mario Iván Martínez ... Peter
Lucho Gatica ... Luis
Humberto Elizondo Humberto Elizondo ... T.V. Reporter
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Storyline

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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Your are already dead but don't panic... it could be worse See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

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Country:

Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 March 1989 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Don't panic See more »

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Runtime:

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene in which Michael and John are at the apartment waiting for possessed Tony to arrive "Cementerio Del Terror" is playing on the television. A film also directed by Ruben Galindo Jr. See more »

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Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013) See more »

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Don't Panic
Composed and performed by Jon Michael Bischof
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Who the heck is Stan?
11 October 2014 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

The '80s was the decade in which low-budget horror movies often traded logic and originality for sheer zaniness, many of them making very little sense but delivering a lot in the way of OTT effects, gratuitous nudity and a general sense of the absurd. Mexican supernatural slasher Don't Panic certainly doesn't waste any time or effort on a innovative story, its Ouija board plot device being as old as the hills, the whole 'teenagers in peril' angle being incredibly hokey; unfortunately, it doesn't quite deliver enough in the way of excessively entertaining schlock to adequately compensate for the predictable narrative.

There are few bloody kills courtesy of make-up effects man Screaming Mad George, best one being a knife pushed up through the victim's jaw into the mouth, but they're generally not creative enough to distinguish the film from countless other slashers, and with far too much time spent on developing the sappy relationship between teenagers Michael (Jon Michael Bischof) and Alexandra (Gabriela Hassle) and following a confused Michael wandering aimlessly around in his dinosaur pyjamas, the film is far less fun than it needs to be.

For me, the most entertaining moment was when the line 'Do you believe in Satan?' came up in my subtitles as 'Do you believe in Stan?, which speaks volumes about the film as a whole.


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