Thursday 14 March 2013
DVD review: Panic Beats (1983)
Paul de Marnac (Paul Naschy) is told that his wife Geneviève (Julia Saly) is suffering from a serious heart condition and needs relaxation if she is going to stay alive. He decides to take her to his out-of-the way chateau deep in the countryside but en route the pair are attacked by bandits and Geneviève's heart condition becomes worse. Eventually arriving at the chateau, Paul meets the feisty young maid Julie (Frances Ondiviela) and she tells Geneviève about the terrible legends surrounding the house. Geneviève starts to see horrifying visions and her heart condition keeps getting worse... Panic Beats is written and directed by Paul Naschy. The acting is decent, the cinematography and editing is very good. There are some stunningly beautiful visuals in this! The soundtrack is very nice. There is a strong sense of atmosphere in this. The whole flick has a very nice vibe to it, it´s suspenseful and there are a couple of twists and turns. It´s gory but actually the kills are more brutal than graphic but don´t worry there is quite a bit of carnage as characters gets killed by ax and a chain mace. It´s, of course, practical fx. There is gratuitous nudity in this, including full frontal nudity from three actresses.
This review is based upon the region all (Region 0) DVD release from Mondo Macabro. Spanish audio with english subtitles are available.
Rating: 7 out of 7. I love this movie! Beautifully made, violent and suspenseful. Panic Beats gets my highest recommendations!