Panic (1978)

UK, 1977
35mm film, colour

A British horror film directed by James Dearden.

Plot Summary

A young model's boyfriend storms out one night. She follows him and, along the way, picks up an old woman standing at the roadside. But her act of kindness has terrible repercussions when the old woman turns out to be a serial killer looking for her next victim.


Director: James Dearden
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Producer: Chris Salter
Director of Photography: Vernon Layton
Editor: Nick Lewin
Music: Geoff Leach, Johann Sebastian Bach
Sound: Garth Marshall

Avis Bunnage (old lady)
Peter Blake (Paul)
Julie Neesam (Mandy)
Leonard Fenton (policeman)
Ray Burdis, John Blundell (punks)



  • British Board of Film Censors Monthly Report December p.20 – review
  • British National Film Catalogue vol.18 (1980) p.81 (UK) – credits
  • Screen International no.136 (29 April 1978) p.43 – note
  • Screen International no.251 (26 July-2 August 1980) p.7 – article (”'Python' tightens grip on Eady)


  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.272, 321
  • Ten Years of Terror p.317 – note (by Kim Newman)

Other Sources

  • BFI Southbank Guide June 2012 p.11 – illustrated listing