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Panic Beats

4 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Panic Beats delivers the goods so far as horror fans are concerned. The film is extremely gory (be warned) and has some very effective shock scenes as you would expect in a film that is about someone being scared to death. All things that Euro horror fans demand are here, blood and gore, weird nightmare sequences, sex and nudity, exotic settings and a bizarre historical background. The film is also extremely well shot with some beautiful cinematography - now fully evident in this remastered version and some great special make up effects. Finally, the film is unusual in that it mixes a very classic thriller plot with it's full blooded horror elements, making the horror even more shocking.

Extras
A 30 minute interview with the Director.
A 20 minute featurette on the history of the Spansh horror movie.
Newly Remastered Anamorphic from original negative.
Large Photo Gallery.
Mondo Macabro preview reel.

Review

"Fast-paced, nasty and thoroughly enjoyable........Mondo Macabro delivers an immaculate, visually stunning presentation" -- Mondo Digital

"This is a fantastic disc that should make Naschy fans the world over beam with joy!" --DVD Maniacs

Special Features

  • New anamorphic transfer from negative
  • Exclusive interview with Paul Naschy
  • Documentary on Spanish horror cinema
  • Large still and poster gallery

Product Details

  • Actors: Julia Saly, Lola Gaos, Manuel Zarzo, Jose Vivo, Paquita Ondiviela
  • Directors: Paul Naschy
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Mondo Macabra
  • DVD Release Date: April 26, 2005
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007ZSHWG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,679 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Panic Beats" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

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Well-to-do married couple Paul Marnac (Naschy) and Genevieve (Saly) aren't quite

as happy as they appear; Paul's business is in trouble and he's having a fling on

the side with Julie (Ondiviela), a sexy young schemer who's more than happy to

help Paul bump off his frail wife. Fortunately Paul happens to be a descendant

of Alaric de Marnac (the medieval fiend played by Naschy in the earlier Horror

Rises from the Tomb), and legend has it that Alaric returns in knight gear once

every century to clean house of anyone making life miserable for the family.

Other players in the household include Paul's secretary and occasional mistress

Mirielle (MirO) and the creepy housekeeper Mabile (Gaos), who has a habit of

popping up in Julie's nightmares with a bleeding slit throat. Soon death

strikes in this cursed household as the knighted terror returns, but all is

not as it seems...

Having thoroughly explored the possibilities of transposing the classic Universal

monsters to Spain with his series of Waldemar Daninsky werewolf films and one-offs

like Count Dracula's Great Love, here horror icon Naschy takes a stab at William

Castle territory with this fast-paced, nasty, and thoroughly enjoyable fusion of

The Tingler and House on Haunted Hill. With its scheming lovers, trippy dream

sequences, and even a woman terrorized by a ghoul rising from a bathtub and

other horrors lying in wait outside, this ode to the master of screen gimmickry

features enough knots in its plot to keep viewers guessing.
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Paul Naschy movies are a bit of an acquired taste. He's a burly Spanish John Belushi impersonator who plays Vincent Price roles in a way that appears to be his version of Clark Gable. He's a mess but a great one and every movie he was ever in resembled him.

Here you got Naschy as a guy who's wife is sick and he's taking her to a country house to recuperate. Sounds nice enough but the house is where an old ancestor who liked to murder his lady friends and worship the devil used to practice murdering lady friends and worshiping the devil. The house is also staffed by a maid that looks like a fresh zombie and one that looks like they are fresh from school...ish. Nobody here really looks young. It was the 70s and living was rough. Hence the possible ghostly attacks in the night.

The movie is surprisingly slow and is really a couple genres mashed into one. Each one is pretty well done and by the end of the film when things are far far far from where things were at the beginning. It's hard to complain even about the opening glacial pace since the movie speeds up quite a bit towards the end even if it's only for 15 minutes.

Worth picking up if you get the chance. It's got some solid visuals and even more solid gore.
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I expected this film to be an exciting, atmospheric bloodbath, but that didn't happen. Panic Beats is full of cheap thrills along the lines of many snake in the bed bits with drawn out scenes, boring dialogue (not even funny dialogue), and an unfolding double cross between Naschy and his wife, mistress, and new love interest, and two good gore scenes (the only gore scenes) towards the end.

I was disappointed in this one...there's nothing better from Mondo Macabro than "Lady Terminator."

Skip this one.
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