Panic / Bakterion (1982)

2.0 out of 5

Directed by Tonino Ricci, and featuring Euro genre veterans David Warbeck and Janet Agren, Panic is a strictly by the numbers and formula driven entry in the mad scientist turned monster sub-genre.

The film is laughably horrendous and notable for its strictly pedestrian script and acting, including two of the most ludicrously unbelievable screams ever recorded for celluloid! The make-up and special effects just aren't all that special being uneven, hokey and reminiscent of far too many films of its type.

There are even scenes which make no sense, for example, a scene with a giant mutant rat in the sewers which was never to be seen again during the remainder of the film. Bizarre!

But what is more ludicrous is the fact that David Warbeck's character is named after everyone's favourite starship captain: Captain Kirk!

Just when the film was daft enough it ends with this slice of complete, nonsensical, garbage which appears at the end of the credits: " What You Have Seen Might Really Happen.........Perhaps It Already Has!"

When all is said and done Panic is worth a laugh for those undemanding of viewers who love ultra bad Euro Trash cinema.

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