This is a difficult little number for me to write up. Most Naschyflicks are impossible to "spoil" since they're essentially a hodgepodge of easily recognizable horror cliches, but "Panic Beats" is a different animal. I had the good fortune to come to this movie as a blank slate and I'll do you that same favor, my darling internet friends. Suffice to say, it's a twisty little thriller that balances flesh-and-blood intrigue with the supernatural and works its way through to a satisfying ending. Also--bonus points for reviving my beloved uber-baddie Alaric de Marnac from "Horror Rises from the Tomb." Naschy brings his expected degree of bravado to the proceedings, and there's some priceless dialogue relating to how the at-the-time fifty-year-old is incredibly handsome and well-preserved. His co-starlet Paquita Ondiviela is extremely easy on the eyes and brings a vixenish menace to her role as reform school refugee Julie.
If you're still not convinced, just check out the DVD box art from the Mondo Macabro release. What is there not to love? Enjoy ninety minutes of creepy, gothic-flavored escapism and queue up a copy of "Panic Beats." I doubt you'll be disappointed.