Newest Reviews
Boy Behind the Door, The
Swords of the Space Ark
I Still See You
Most Beautiful Boy in the World, The
Luz: The Flower of Evil
Human Voice, The
Guns Akimbo
Being a Human Person
Giants and Toys
Millionaires Express
Bringing Up Baby
World to Come, The
Air Conditioner
Fear and Loathing in Aspen
Riders of Justice
Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki, The
For Those Who Think Young
Justice League: War
Fuzzy Pink Nightgown, The
Scooby-Doo! Moon Monster Madness
Night of the Sharks
Werewolves Within
King and Four Queens, The
Stray Dolls
Diana's Wedding
Toll, The
Two of Us
Nowhere Special
Rainbow Jacket, The
Crazy Samurai: 400 vs 1
First Cow
Undiscovered Tomb
Being Frank
Occupation: Rainfall
Jeanette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc
Newest Articles
A Monument to All the Bullshit in the World: 1970s Disaster Movies
Take Care with Peanuts: Interview with Melissa Menta (SVP of Marketing)
Silent is Golden: Futtocks End... and Other Short Stories on Blu-ray
Winner on Losers: West 11 on Blu-ray
Freewheelin' - Bob Dylan: Odds and Ends on Digital
Never Sleep: The Night of the Hunter on Blu-ray
Sherlock vs Ripper: Murder by Decree on Blu-ray
That Ol' Black Magic: Encounter of the Spooky Kind on Blu-ray
She's Evil! She's Brilliant! Basic Instinct on Blu-ray
Hong Kong Dreamin': World of Wong Kar Wai on Blu-ray
Buckle Your Swash: The Devil-Ship Pirates on Blu-ray
Way of the Exploding Fist: One Armed Boxer on Blu-ray
A Lot of Growing Up to Do: Fast Times at Ridgemont High on Blu-ray
Oh My Godard: Masculin Feminin on Blu-ray
Let Us Play: Play for Today Volume 2 on Blu-ray
Before The Matrix, There was Johnny Mnemonic: on Digital
More Than Mad Science: Karloff at Columbia on Blu-ray
Indian Summer: The Darjeeling Limited on Blu-ray
3 from 1950s Hollyweird: Dr. T, Mankind and Plan 9
Meiko Kaji's Girl Gangs: Stray Cat Rock on Arrow
Having a Wild Weekend: Catch Us If You Can on Blu-ray
The Drifters: Star Lucie Bourdeu Interview
Meiko Kaji Behind Bars: Female Prisoner Scorpion on Arrow
The Horror of the Soviets: Viy on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Tarka the Otter and The Belstone Fox
  Don't Panic Because The Night (Clothes)
Year: 1988
Director: Rubén Galindo Jr
Stars: Jon Michael Bischof, Gabriela Hassel, Helena Rojo, Jorge Luke, Juan Ignacio Aranda, Eduardo Noriega, Roberto Palazuelos, Raúl Araiza, Edna Bolkan, Evangelina Elizondo, Melinda McCallum, Cecilia Tijerina, Mario Iván Martínez, Lucho Gatica
Genre: HorrorBuy from Amazon
Rating:  5 (from 1 vote)
Review: Michael (Jon Michael Bischof) has just enjoyed his birthday party, his first in his new home of Mexico City, and if he's being honest with himself he's glad for it to be over. His mother is upstairs, drinking again, and she calls down to him to ask if everyone has left, but while he answers in the affirmative he doesn't realise that he is not alone after all. As the lights are turned off he is jumped by a shadowy figure, there is a struggle and they both collapse to the floor - but it's all right, as his friends have simply been hiding for one last birthday treat. But that treat is a ouija board...

And we all know what happens if you get involved with ouija boards in horror movies, don't we? How strange that what started out as a parlour game on the cusp of the twentieth century should go on to have such dread associated with it, but as long as the participants believe that it is not their subconscious but supernatural forces moving the planchette around, the trepidation they hold will likely never die away. Unlike the characters in this film, a Mexican effort masquerading unconvincingly as American product, but with too many giveaways as to its origins to fool many, dubbed dialogue notwithstanding.

The Mexican horror movies of the eighties and early nineties were not exactly the kind of thing to give Guillermo del Toro sleepless nights in the main, and you were more likely to see them on the burgeoning video market that in a cinema, but for many they had a certain trashy verve that made them quite amusing, if not exactly terrifying. In this case our hero falls prey to a demon named Virgil, not the Thunderbirds puppet but an alias, if it is to be believed, for Satan himself. He doesn't do much at the ouija board session, but we know he's there because the planchette moves when no one is touching it, and soon we are plunged into a slasher flick.

With effects by Screaming Mad George no less, a name familiar to fans of this era's shockers, but not really representing his finest work as much like the rest of this it tends towards the derivative. Michael finds himself suffering dizzy spells where his eyes turn bright red and see visions of his mates being stabbed to death with a ceremonial dagger, and being a bright boy suspects that something is up. To make matters worse, this jeopardises his budding romance with Alexandra (Gabriela Hassel, bravely sporting a monobrow that no Hollywood production would tolerate), which is not surprising when he begins to try to stop Virgil from bumping people off for the heinous crime of asking a ouija board who Michael fancied (the product placement is really more heinous).

Of course, that's not necessarily the most memorable aspect of Don't Panic, which was nothing to do with The Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy, and more to do with Michael's nightwear. For reasons best known to himself, he spends a good half of the movie dressed in tight-fitting blue and white pajamas with a dinosaur design emblazoned across the front, not the most obvious choice for a seventeen-year-old, and even less obvious a choice to head off outside in. Bizarrely, he decides to save one potential victim, a nurse, by cycling to the hospital in his jim-jams - wouldn't it have been more sensible to change into your clothes beforehand? No wonder nobody takes him seriously until it's too late. As if that were not bad enough, he is also kidnapped while wearing them by the enthusiastic swearer John (Roberto Palazuelos), the local bully who is under threat as well. These examples of lunacy offer a texture to the proceedings that production line junk from North of the Border do not have, not a good thing maybe, but good for a laugh. Bischof did the music, too.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark


This review has been viewed 3926 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

Review Comments (2)

Untitled 1

Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
Darren Jones
Enoch Sneed
  Desbris M
  Paul Tuersley
  Chris Garbutt
  Sdfadf Rtfgsdf


Last Updated: