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. 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. Deny all forms of human logic and catch a wave on Don’t Panic—your one-way passport to la muerte de su cerebro. (1988, dir. Rubén Galindo Jr., 35mm, color, 90 min.)
In person: Joe Ziemba, Sebastian del Castillo, Alicia Coombs, Bret Berg, American Genre Film Archive; Rebekah McKendry, Robert Galluzzo, Elric Kane, Shock Waves Podcast.
Part of the series Catch a Thrill! Celebrating 10 Years of the American Genre Film Archive