Film #272: ESCALOFRIO aka SATAN'S BLOOD aka DON'T PANIC
Escalofrioaka Satan’s Blood aka Don’t Panic
2 out of 5 stars
Essentially a rip-off of Roman Polanski’s ROSEMARY’S BABY, ESCALOFRIO is yet another in Mondo Macabro’s fine line of legendary – yet oftentimes hard to find – Euro & Asian trash films. This one centers on a young couple who meet another couple who invite them to their spoooooky and foreboding estate. When a storm hits, the couples feel housebound and play with a Ouija board resulting in literally all Hell breaking loose. The film is awash in late 70s (it was made in 1978) goofiness from the music to the fashions to the liberal social mores. Director Carlos Puerto does a fine enough job and really lets the seams out in the sex and Satanism department. The film runs along on fairly recognizable roads with little to distinguish itself. The plot is EXACTLY what you think it is, but the execution is competent. And that, in a nutshell, is it’s problem… there just isn’t anything that sets the film apart from all of the countless other Satanic-oriented films that are out there. In the end, ESCALOFRIO is a decent little time-waster, but it’s nothing you’re going to rave about. All in all, a decent film with lots of nudity and some nice moments of violence, but not much else.