Ataque de Pánico!
|Ataque de Pánico!|
Screenshot from the film
|Directed by||Fede Álvarez|
|Produced by||Emiliano Mazza|
|Written by||Fede Álvarez|
|Music by||John Murphy|
|Edited by||Fede Álvarez|
Giant robots appear out of the mist and attack Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay. Accompanied by a squadron of spacecraft, they fire weapons at the city and destroy key buildings, leading to mass panic. The military fights back to little avail. At the end of the film, the robots fuse together to form a giant sphere, which then detonates and engulfs the city in a fireball. No explanation is given for the attack.
A trailer of the film was uploaded to YouTube in October 2006, with some scenes from the finished version. The official production budget of the film was given as only $300. In addition to writing, editing and directing the film, Álvarez created the visual effects based on computer-generated imagery.
The film was premiered on October 31, 2009 at the Buenos Aires Rojo Sangre film festival and uploaded to YouTube on November 3, 2009. Following widespread media coverage, Álvarez was offered a $30 million Hollywood deal to develop and direct a full-length film.
After being uploaded to YouTube, the film's reputation spread by word of mouth, and received a boost when it was linked from the blog of Kanye West. Fede Álvarez stated in a BBC interview: "I uploaded Panic Attack! on a Thursday and on Monday my inbox was totally full of e-mails from Hollywood studios."
As a result of the popularity of the short, Ghost House Pictures signed with Álvarez for him to develop a new project. The resulting film was Evil Dead, the fourth film in the Evil Dead franchise, released in the United States on April 5, 2013.
- Diego Garrido
- Pedro Luque
- Ariadna Santini
- Rodolfo Sayagues
- Martín Sarthou (actual Uruguayan news anchor)
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- on YouTube
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- Short of the Week – Film Review