Don't Answer The Phone  [DVD]
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Low-budget serial killer horror. Kirk Smith (Nicholas Worth) is a disturbed Vietnam veteran who takes to sexually assaulting and brutally murdering a series of young woman. While police detective Chris McCabe (Rad Fulton) tries to track down the deranged killer, Smith taunts psychologist Lindsay Gale (Flo Gerrish) by phoning up her radio talk show and graphically describing his heinous crimes.
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all the swearing has either been cut out and it makes no sense or theres no sound??? all the violence and gore is gone and the film just cuts from one shot to annother and the scene and sounds a mess,its a total hatchet job only good for the bin,i have some cut films and there still fun but this aint.
plese dont fall for the 18 certificate as its a mystery? only good thing is the classic cover, avoid like the plague all horror fans and wait for a uncut version.
This is a very boring film for plot. It doesn't go anywhere. 1971 drive-in fodder.
Guide: brief sex and nudity (Debbie Osborne, Terri Johnson, Kathy Hilton)
The killer in this movie has a boring name, no distinguishing characteristics apart from stockiness, never even acquires a media-generated nickname, and has a fetish for women's stockings - but he doesn't let that get him down. Whatever you think of Nicholas Worth's performance, I think all will agree that it is certainly memorable. He can charm his way into a house and lure many a young woman to his studio for a photo shoot, only to turn on a dime into a sadistic torturer and killer. Alone at home - usually working out - his dark side is amply revealed by conversations with himself and his father's spirit. He is a deranged, formidable killer who actually goes so far as to sell pornographic photos of his victims.
Naturally, the cops are working hard to identity and arrest the man going around strangling and sexually abusing (in that order, I might add) young women in Hollywood. The lead investigators are Lt. Chris McCabe (James Westmoreland), who takes his work very seriously, and Sgt. Hatcher (Ben Frank), who manages to have a good time even (or should I say especially) while investigating the sleaziest of crimes. Then there's Dr. Lindsay Gale (Flo Lawrence - as Flo Gerrish), a local psychologist with her own radio show, a show which - unbeknownst to her at the time - actually fields several calls from the strangler. The relationships of these characters actually develop along pretty predictable lines, but that takes little away from the ultimate confrontation at the end.
For a low-budget 1980 film made primarily for drive-in audiences, I think this movie is quite impressive. I don't think the acting is all that bad, the comical elements work quite well (where else are you going to see a lady snorting coke off a bald man's head?), and there's a definite element of suspense leading up to the conclusion. As for the nudity and violence, it's actually rather tame by today's standards, which makes it even harder for me to understand why some critics seemingly equate this film with low class pornography. Don't Answer the Phone, for my money, is one of the best movies of its kind. Don't see it because I told you to, though - see it because "they" are telling you not to. Just make sure you get the uncut version.
If you are going to purchase this film, just make sure it is the uncut R1 you buy as there are several cut versions of this released all of which are a drastically watered down american tv print. Anchorbay released that butchered abomination in the UK recently, shame on them, so make sure you avoid that at all costs. So order the uncut version and sit back with a beer and take a trip down 'hollywood boogalard' with one of the craziest b@stards on screen, its well Worth it!
The kills aren't very graphic, and there's no real nudity for anyone to get hot under the collar about.
Apart from Worth, the acting ranges from ok to dire, and there are a few ill-judged "comedy" scenes.
The cops are really f---ing irritating.
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