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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 »

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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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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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So bad, it's--well, not good, but kinda entertaining
6 February 2008 | by lazarilloSee all my reviews

This is a generally unsuccessful attempt by low-budget Mexican filmmakers to ape the "Nightmare on Elm Street" sequels, but although it is pretty incompetent it is much more lovable than most of those overblown American cash-ins. Instead of "Fredddy" we have "Virgil" who is a Roman epic poet. . . no wait, different "Virgil"--this one is basically the Devil (or something) who has possessed the best friend of the protagonist after a Ouija board session at the protagonist's birthday party , and is using him (for some reason) to kill everyone else who was at the session, including the hero's new girlfriend. So it is up to protagonist to rescue all his friends from evil. Luckily, he has a rose that has special powers because he gave it to his girlfriend out of pure love (something like that).

This movie tries really hard to be an American movie, making the protagonist a transplanted American attending an American school in Mexico City. The school has all kinds of ridiculous signs in English, like one promising to expel any tardy students! (So naturally when they're tardy, the hero and is girlfriend decide to skip school entirely which apparently is much more acceptable). But my favorite part is the English teacher who goes on and on about Percy Blysshe Shelley, of all people, who she inaccurately says went crazy (as someone who once worked as an English teacher in Mexico, my head was left swimming). There's also a scene where the protagonist starts sharing visions with "Virgil" when he kills people, so his alcoholic mom takes him to an optometrist(!) where she confesses to the good doctor, apropos of nothing, that she has a drinking problem.

Although it matches the characters lips and is pretty (unintentionally)funny, the English dub track is actually pretty hard to take after awhile. The voice of the girlfriend (played by an actress who is basically, to paraphrase "The Simpsons", the non-union, Mexican equivalent of Heather Langenkamp)is like nails on a chalkboard and it eventually drove me to watch it in Spanish, lip sync be damned! It also has some pretty promiscuous teen sex (on only the second date!), but it's strictly PG-rated sex with nary a nipple, while the violence is maybe a hard PG-13. Ironically, despite an obviously great effort to market this in the US, it got much more of a release in the UK, but thanks to recent "Horror from South of the Border" bargain box set we can finally now, uh, enjoy it north of the Rio Grande.


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