Satan’s Blood aka Escalofrío aka Don’t Panic (1978)

Year: 1978
Duration: 01:21:53
Directed by: Carlos Puerto and Juan Piquer Simón
Actors: Ángel Aranda, Sandra Alberti, Mariana Karr and José María Guillén
Language: English
Country: Spain
Also known as: Escalofrío, Don’t Panic

Description: Andy and Anna are bored and decided to go for a driver in the country. On the way they meet another couple who claim to know them from many years before. They agree to visit their country house and end up staying the night. A simple game with a Ouija board goes badly wrong and the evening begins turn into a nightmare. Things get worse when Anna is attacked by a mysterious stranger. When Andy goes to investigate he finds that they have strayed into the cluthes of a dengerous pair of psychopaths who are planning for them a fate far worse than death.

In 1970´s Spain, certain films were released with an “S” classification -S for sex-. These were films with an unusually high number of scenes of sex and sadism. Escalofrío aka Satan´s Blood was one of the first of these “S” films and is still one of the most notorious.

About the prologue: When Escalofrío aka Satan´s Blood was first released in Spain, censorship had only recently been relaxed. The introduction by the Dr. Fernando Jiménez Del Oso was tacked on to the film as a way of justifying some of sex and sleaze that was to come. It was removed from most English language prints, but I include it here for the sake of completeness.

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