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Don't Panic

Don't Panic
July 12, 2019 - 7:30 pm
Joe Ziemba, Sebastian del Castillo, Alicia Coombs, Bret Berg, American Genre Film Archive; Rebekah McKendry, Robert Galluzzo, Elric Kane, Shock Waves Podcast.

Don't Panic  (Mexico, 1988)

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This is the greatest movie you’ve never seen about a 30-year-old teenager who wears dinosaur pajamas while battling a satanic demon named Virgil. Don’t Panic is one of dozens of Mexican horror movies from the late 1980s that transformed familiar American tropes into beautiful abstractions from reality. Using A Nightmare on Elm Street and Saved by the Bell as jumping off points, this movie has an awe-inspiring ignorance of its own flaws. And that only helps to fuel its dinosaur-jammies-and-unibrow-fueled POWER! Deny all forms of human logic and catch a wave on Don’t Panic -- your one-way passport to la muerte de su cerebro.

35mm, color, 90 min. Director/Screenwriter: Rubén Galindo Jr. Cast: Jon Michael Bischof, Gabriela Hassel, Helen Rojo, Jorge Luke, Juan Ignacio Aranda.

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