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Written by Chris Mayo   
Friday, 11 January 2008

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Oddly, this is the cover that accompanied the Mogel VHS but this cover is of a different film of the same name.

AKA: Satan's Blood, Escalofrio
Directed by: Carlos Puerto, Juan Piquer Simón
Written by: Eva Del Castillo
Produced by: Juan Piquer Simón
Cinematography by: Andrés Berenguer
Edited by: Pedro del Rey
Music by: Librado Pastor
Cast: Ángel Aranda, Sandra Alberti, Mariana Karr, José María Guillén, Manuel Pereiro, Luis Barboo
Year: 1977
Country: Spain
Color: Color

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Rummaging around an old bargain bin many years ago, I stumbled upon the Mogul video VHS of Don't Panic.  With Mogul video’s releases being few and far between these days, I hastily purchased it without hesitation.  Even though the unknown Carlos Pureto, is slated as directing Don't Panic I have read through various sources that Juan Piquer Simón of Slugs fame, was the co-writer.  In addition, he apparently co-directed it as well, but I cannot confirm this.  The only documented information surrounding the film is that J.P. Simón was purely the executive producer.  So whether or not the speculation behind J.P. Simón’s involvement is valid or not, does Don't Panic still hold up under1970’s European standards?

Don't Panic takes place in Madrid, where Andy and his knocked up wife Annie, along with their dog Blackie are trying to find something to do for the Holiday weekend.  They go out driving around to pass some time and when they are stopped awaiting a light to change.  A man and woman in the car next to theirs holler out to Andy, and get his attention.  The couple introduce themselves as Bruno and Mary.  Bruno insists that Andy and he are old college buddies and that they should go to their house to catch up on old memories.  Reluctantly, Andy and his wife follow them to their home, not ever recalling meeting Bruno in College.

Andy and Annie arrive at an old estate where they chat a little over wine and cheese, and decide to break out the Ouija board for a little spirit summoning.  Andy, being pessimistic on topics of the occult, is particularly optimistic even with his disbelief in the subject.  The foursome conjure up an evil being that tells them, Bruno will die of suicide (finding out he has attempted it in the past), as well as bringing up an old affair between Annie, and Andy’s brother, maintaining she is still in love with him.  A storm arises and even though by now Andy and Annie want to get out of there, they decide to stay the night due to the impending storm.  Later in the night, Annie is awakened from her naked sleep, hearing Blackie yelping.  She goes downstairs to investigate the mysterious barking.  From out of no where appears the gate operator of the estate, who attempts to rape her.  Stammering back upstairs she frantically tells Andy what had just occurred and they both return downstairs to figure out what the Hell is going on.  Once both downstairs they see Bruno and Mary sitting on a pentagram (both nude), performing some sort of satanic rite.  The couple are then satanically seduced to join in which turns into one giant zany Satanic orgy of the damned!  The movie continues with more bizarre happenings, and Andy and Annie can’t seem to break free of this house. 

I was lucky to stumble upon Don't Panic in a cheapo bargain bin.  I went into the film blindly and it ended up being a great delight.  Don't Panic is packed to the brim  with an abundance of nudity and soft core scenes, including a bunch of fuzzy Banthas, and for the ladies, even a bit o’ the ol’ sausage.  The actors were practically naked the entire film!  Along with the nudity, there are also dogs on meat hooks, exploding savior paintings, suicide, zombies, blood filled doll heads, and plenty of the occult stuff.  It has your typical funky score composed by Librado Paster, reminiscent of all the Italian films of the same era, even though it's a Spanish film.  As for the gore factor, it's very slim but the sleaze and the ideas are sure to please if you can find this film.

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