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Don’t Panic

July 12, 2019 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM


UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hugh M. Hefner Classic American Film Program present

Don’t Panic (1988)
Directed by Rubén Galindo Jr.

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 from reality. 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. And that only helps to fuel its dinosaur-jammies-and-unibrow-fueled POWER! Deny all forms of human logic and catch a wave on Don’t Panic — your one-way passport to la muerte de su cerebro.

Director/Screenwriter: Rubén Galindo Jr. Cast: Jon Michael Bischof, Gabriela Hassel, Helen Rojo, Jorge Luke, Juan Ignacio Aranda

35mm, color, 90 min.

In person: Joe Ziemba, Sebastian del Castillo, Alicia Coombs and Bret Berg of the American Genre Film Archive; Rebekah McKendry, Robert Galluzzo and Elric Kane of the Shock Waves Podcast

FREE admission for all UCLA students with valid I.D.
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July 12, 2019
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States