The Chronicles of Horror Movie Night: ‘Don’t Panic’ (1988)

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After starting in Washington D.C. nine years ago Horror Movie Night has expanded to include chapters in Austin, Dallas and Chicago. Horror’s Not Dead’s own Brian Kelley is the originator and programmer of this illustrious weekly Wednesday night tradition which features a “classic” horror film. Each week I will be reviewing/commenting on the past week’s selection so do your best to find the film, most of which have not made it past VHS, and follow along. Better yet, start your own chapter!

VHS cover of Don't Panic

And we continue with “Don’t” month in July for Horror Movie Night. This week’s film is Mexican, full of white (or whiteish) people, some nods to earlier slashers like A Nightmare on Elm Street, and overflowing with the ridiculous. Basically a match made in heaven for HMN viewers. Mexican director Rubén Galindo, Jr., who previously made the living dead flick Zombie Apocalypse, is the visionary behind Don’t Panic. What his actual vision was still remains up for interpretation.

Terror Tuesday Report: Don’t Panic

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Michael just turned seventeen, ain’t that great? He also just moved with his mom to Mexico City so that…also happened to him. His friends decide to throw him a surprise party (at the end of the party he was already having) and invite the girl with whom they know Michael is smitten. What a great opportunity, thinks the teen rabble, to drink and, less traditionally, play a round of Ouija. Unwittingly, because no one would ever accuse any of these putzes of having any wit, they release a demonic spirit called Virgil and spend the rest of the movie being offed in ways that feel very plagiarized familiar.

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