11/20/2017  
Take Me To The River on Blu-ray & DVD Feb 5Phantom From 10,000 Leagues (1956) on Blu-ray & DVD Jan 5Condemned on DVD & Blu-ray Jan 5Broad City: Season 2 on DVD Jan 5McHale's Navy: The Complete Series on DVD No 17Return to Sender on Blu-ray & DVD Sep 29The Phantom of the Opera with Lon Chaney Blu-ray & DVD Oct 13

follow us on twitter

dOc on facebook

NE News Editor

Jennifer Esposito Is Your Newest NCIS Agent in Season 1...
Critics Are Split on Ghostbusters Reboot ...
'Respect is key': The Game, Snoop Dogg lead march to LA...
Kristen Stewart's Sheer Dress At 'Equals' Premiere -- S...
"A Slow Slipping Away"-- Kris Kristofferson's Long-Undi...
Fox News' Roger Ailes Sued for Sexual Harassment by Ous...
Garrison Keillor Retires from 'Prairie Home Companion' ...
Jennifer Aniston is Pregnant: Star Steps Out in Loose D...
Hiddleswift Is One Big Song Promotion -- A Theory...
Elvis Presley's daughter Lisa Marie Presley files for ...





Microsoft Store

Share: email   Print      Technorati.gif   StumbleUpon.gif   MySpace   digg.gif delicious.gif   google.gif   magnolia.gif   facebook.gif
Permalink: Permalink.gif



Buy from Amazon

Buy from Amazon.com

Mondo Macabro presents
Panic Beats (Latidos de panico) (1982)

"They say he's due to return soon. I suppose you'd be his first victim."
- Julie (Paquita Ondiviela)

Review By: Mark Zimmer   
Published: November 11, 2005

Stars: Paul Naschy, Julia Saly, Lola Gaos, Silvia Miro, Paquita Ondiviela
Other Stars: Manuel Zarzo, Jose Vivo
Director: Paul Naschy

MPAA Rating: Not Rated for (violence, gore, nudity, sexuality, disturbing images)
Run Time: 01h:32m:05s
Release Date: April 26, 2005
UPC: 843276011598
Genre: horror


Style
Grade
Substance
Grade
Image Transfer
Grade
Audio Transfer
Grade
Extras
Grade
B B+B+B B

DVD Review

Spanish horror star Paul Naschy (Jacinto Molina) is best known for his score of pictures, in which he appeared as werewolf Waldemar Daninsky. But he has also made numerous other pictures in various genres. This disc from Mondo Macabro presents one of his intriguing tales of retribution after the end of the 1970s Spanish horror boom, a sequel of sorts to the heavily-bootlegged Horror Rises from the Tomb (1973), and loosely based on a story by Becquer.

Paul Marnac (Naschy) is another descendant of the monstrous Alaric de Marnac (Naschy also), a 16th century chevalier guilty of the murder of his wife and various other crimes. Paul's wealthy wife Genevieve (Julia Saly) suffers from a weak heart, and Paul decides it would be best for them to go to the family country home. The old maid Maville (Lola Gaos) of the estate likes to relate the horrific tales of old Alaric, while her pretty young niece Julie (Paquila Ondiviela) seems to have designs on Paul herself. Soon Genevieve begins to have terrifying visions of Alaric de Marnac. Is someone trying to Gaslight her, or is Alaric indeed back from the dead?

This picture has a definite nasty edge to it, starting with the prologue featuring a bestial Alaric chasing down a nude woman and pummeling her savagely with a morningstar; it's an amorality that sets the stage well for the events in the modern era. And there is amorality aplenty, with schemes hidden behind schemes. Whereas Naschy's character Hugo in Horror Rises from the Tomb was somewhat heroic, Paul has little of the hero about him here, cheating on his wife with not one but two different women, cheating at business, lying and being abusive. Meanwhile, he's being pressed by both Julie and his mistress Mirielle (Silvia Miro) to run off with them with his wife's money. There's voyeurism and twisted sexuality throughout the picture, as well as an abundance of gore and sadism, free of the Franco censorship restraints.

The cast generally is decent enough for the kind of film it is. Naschy does a fine job with the more subtle evil of Paul Marnac as well as the over-the-top glee of Alaric, letting blood with a twinkle in his eye. Saly is a good screamer, but otherwise is just called upon to look sickly. Gaos, a prominent leftist under Franco's regime, is quite good as the maid who takes amusement from her terrifying tales of ghosts and monsters, while Ondiviela is equally memorable as the conniving niece. She credibly comes across as an utter sociopath, remorselessly lying and murdering as seems convenient, while projecting an air of kittenish vulnerability.

Much of the atmosphere comes from the feeling of entrapment. The home is isolated in the country, and during much of that time it's surrounded by fog, as if it were an island alone in the middle of nowhere. Adrift without the outside world, the morality breaks down even more readily, with botht he means and opportunity for mischief at hand. It's actually quite jarring in the scenes where it cuts to Mirielle in Paris, since the viewer becomes immersed in this hidden world of secrets and plotting. And if that's not enough for you, there's always the sex and gore.

Rating for Style: B
Rating for Substance: B+

 

Image Transfer

 One
Aspect Ratio1.78:1 - Widescreen
Original Aspect Ratioyes
Anamorphicyes


Image Transfer Review: The 1.78:1 framing seems adequate, though a 1.66:1 ratio seems more likely. The picture is slightly soft but gernally attractive, with good color and definition. The shadow detail is fine. Although the picture is slightly grainy, it's well transferred and not sparkly.

Image Transfer Grade: B+

 

Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
DS 2.0Spanishno


Audio Transfer Review: The 2.0 stereo is presented at very high loudness levels. The stereo separation is pretty good, although the foley effects seem a little obtrusive in the mix. Thunderclaps are missing deep bass impact. There are a couple brief warbly moments, but on the whole the audio is very clean and there's no significant hiss or noise.

Audio Transfer Grade: B

 

Disc Extras

Full Motion menu with music
Scene Access with 12 cues and remote access
Subtitles/Captions in English, French, Spanish with remote access
2 Documentaries
Packaging: Amaray
Picture Disc
1 Disc
1-Sided disc(s)
Layers: dual

Extra Extras:
  1. Still gallery
Extras Review: Two documentaries provides support both directly and indirectly for the main feature. The more tangential is a generic history of Spanish horror films, touching on Franco, Jorge Grau and de Ossorio as well as Naschy. In its 19m:28s running time it can't hope to be more than a brief overview, but it's a good introduction to the field for the novice (though it's a bit hampered due to clip rights issues).

More substantial is a 28m:36s one-on-one with Naschy, discussing his entire career, influences and his use of horror as a means for social comment. There's also a segment devoted directly to Panic Beats, disclosing among other tidbits that it was shot in Franco's own home. Finally, there's a gallery of 31 production stills plus three shots from the premiere.

Extras Grade: B

 

Final Comments

A lurid and nasty horror that features few innocents and plenty of sex and gore. The transfer is fine although a little soft, and there are several highly worthwhile documentaries.

 


Back to top

Search 10,000+ titles:

or Advanced Search

DVD REVIEW ARCHIVE


Get FREE Shipping on all orders at TimeLife.com! - 120x90

 



Microsoft Store

Keywords

television, jennifer esposito, blue bloods, ncis, mark harmon. duane henry, wilmer valderrama, michael weatherly, bull, movie, ghostbusters, comedy, chris helmsworth, melissa mcarthy, kristen wiig, celebrity, rap, game, shoop dogg, jayceon terrell taylor, alton sterling, kristen stewart, equals, jonathan simkhal, nicholas hoult, music, kris kristofferson, country music hall of fame, alzheimers, lyme disease, fox news, gretchen carlson, fox and friends, steve doocy, roger ailes, the real story with gretchen carlson, radio, garrison keillor, a prairie home companion, jennifer anniston, baby bump, justin theroux, taylor swift, tom hiddleston, calvin harris, lisa marie presley, michael lockwood, riley and benjamin keough, danny keough, michael jackson, nicolas cage, tom affleck, boston fan, bill simmons, hbo show, any given wednesday, tom brady, deflategate, hamilton, lin-manuel mianda, periscope, heart tweet machine, hamilton mixtape, cable, hbo, curb your enthusiasm, larry david, bernie sanders, saturday night live, maya and marty, christina grimmie, murdered, plaza live, before you exit, marcus grimmie, nashville, cmt, president brian phillips, the tonight show, jimmy fallon, president obama, the roots, hillary clinton, tim mcgraw, faith hill, maggie mcgraw, humble and kind, ellen degeneres show, titi pierce, coldwell banker robbins & free realty, hairspray live!, tracy turnblad, york theatre company, john waters, jennifer hudson, harvey fierstein, martin short, derek hough, j.k. rowling, harry potter and the cursed child, noma dumezweni, emma watson, judd apatow, paul freig, melissa mccarthy, romance, history channel, roots, remake, anika noni rose, t.i., malachi kirby, josh duhamel, transformers, fergie, black eyed peas, axl, double dutchess, abc, music city, grand ole opry, chip esten, lennon stella, the voice, alisan porterm, christina aguilera, ceelo green, ariana grande, sia, the little big town, 2016 billboard music awards, pink, just like fire, pamela neal, warrior princess, send my love (to your new lover), billboard music awards, adele, patrick daughters, bryan cranston, lbj, all the way, melissa leo, frank langella, todd weeks, hard sell, kristin chenoweth, wicked

On Facebook!
digitallyOBSESSED!
digitallyOBSESSED!
Promote Your Page Too

Visit:

Zarabesque.com

Original Magic Dress.com

Susti Heaven

Become a Reviewer | Search | Review Vault | Reviewers
Readers | Webmasters | Privacy | Contact
Microsoft Store