Bakterion (Panic) Reviews
BAKTERION /PANIC : From the early 1980's come this Italian monster movie set in the UK. The plot sees an English scientist using an experimental formula which turns him into a monster. As a result he then starts to terrorise a small English village which result in the Government deciding the only way to stop this is to drop a bomb on the town. With a monster that resembles a cross between the FANTASTIC FOUR'S The Thing & THE TOXIC AVENGER. How couldn't I mildly enjoy monster movie? My rating for this film is a solid 50%.
Everything about this movie is wrong-headed and poorly executed literally from the start: The crucial transformation scene wherein a scientist is turned into the movie's villain is essentially glossed over in favor of rats haphazardly pawing at one another. From there, the doctor-turned-beast prowls the streets in search of victims in scenes that manage not only to be derivative but also disjointed because the director's spacial-distance abilities and attempts at continuity are pathetic (or seemingly nonexistent).
Through all the various attacks, we see the de rigeur story of police and scientists attempting to stop the monster before the British government (and this is the first thing the officials thought of) elects to bomb the city containing the creature with nerve gas, killing everyone to avoid contamination through the rest of the country.
At points, it's like "Panic" is blatantly slapping the audience in the face: The climactic chase scene through the sewers ("The Third Man" and "Them!" this is not) takes twice as long as it should because director Tonino Ricci keeps changing the speeds the characters travel. At the end, as the protagonists race to inform the government they've successfully killed the creature (after suffering some major casualties that are never mentioned again), Ricci also introduces a clock effect in the corner of the screen that literally counts off less than two minutes before the film comes to an abrupt end; it would have been preferable to pull off the old, overused "0:00:01" trick than that bizarre flourish.
Apart from a legitimately excellent scene where a priest frantically tries to spirit a group of young boys out of his church while the monster wails and breaks in, not one moment in this film feels real. Suffice to say it won't instill in you the titular state.