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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The VHS Archives: Carlos Puerto's DON'T PANIC (1978)

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DON'T PANIC
Carlos Puerto's Escalofrio (1978)
 
The VHS Archives Factsheet
Label: Mogul Communications, Inc.
Catalog: MOG1039
Box Type: Clamshell
Year of Release: 1987
Runtime: 79:31
Print: 1.44:1 / English / No subs
Extras: None
 
About the Film
Director: Carlos Puerto
Year of Release: 1978
Country of Origin: Spain
Stars: Angel Aranda, Sandra Alberti, Marianna Karr, Jose Maria Guillen, Luis Barboo
AKAs: Satan's Blood
 
Verbatim Box Synopsis
Don't PANIC ... a terrifying journey into a forbidden world.
And for two young people it is a journey that will twist and scar their minds forever.
The powers of darkness gather, and nothing can stop the orgy of devastation they will unleash.
Evil satanic rites. Human sacrifice. The ancient secrets of the occult.
And as their fear reaches its shattering climax, the horrifying final blow is delivered.
Don't PANIC ... pure evil.
 
 U.S. Mogul Communications sleeve!
 
For alternate VHS covers, check out our Satans Blood listing!
 
(Above cover courtesy of VHS Wasteland.)
In one of their more outrageous bait and switch jobs, Mogul appropriated their entire ad campaign from Ruben Galindo, Jr's ouija board possession slasher Don't Panic (1987)!  I imagine they must've thought they had a deal set for the film, promoted and solicited it, and then run into a snag on the home stretch.  Rather than cancel the title, they simply dusted off their Satan's Blood master and video-burned a new title card.  Viola!  New product!  The real version of Don't Panic can be found on BCI Eclipse's great Mexploitation set, Crypt of Terror: Horror from South of the Border, Vol. 1

While not readily available on VHS, Puerto's Don't Panic has been issued on DVD twice as Satan's Blood, once by Mondo Macabro and later by Scorpion Releasing. Both use the same master, but the Mondo Macabro release has more supplements.
 
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© 2012 -- Bruce Holecheck. All Rights Reserved.

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