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DON’T PANIC

Director Rubén Galindo Jr.
Year 1988
Starring Jon Michael Bischof, Gabriela Hassel, Juan Ignacio Aranda
Rating R
Run Time 90min
More Info IMDb

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In the late 1980s, Mexican movie studios assaulted the teen terror genre, blending traditional cultural legends of witchery and religious occultism with reliable peso-makers like the FRIDAY THE 13th franchise. The resulting output was a cross-eyed slasher buffet of shrieking youths, Latino superstition, and semi-identifiable "Miguel Meyers" maniacs. But no sub-border horror-war scored like DON’T PANIC, an English-language Freddy-friendly murder epic that follows familiar formulas, yet somehow -- in its subtly disabled grace -- manages to run completely off the rails of human logic. This is a movie with an awe-inspiring ignorance of its own flaws, which ultimately only contributes to its power. Perhaps it’s the fact that the 30-year-old teenage protagonist spends half the film running around wearing brontosaurus-pattern jammies. Or it could be one of 664 other reasons. Regardless, DON’T PANIC is guaranteed to be your one-way passport to la muerte de su cerebro. (Zack Carlson)

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