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Don't Answer The Phone [1979] [DVD]

3.2 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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  • Actors: James Westmorland, Flo Gerrish, Ben Frank, Nicholas Worth, Pamela Bryant
  • Directors: Robert Hammer
  • Producers: Robert Hammer, Michael D. Castle
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Oct. 2005
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B64VZI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,491 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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This is a film my mate dave always raves on about, I first seen it years ago and found it to be a pretty pedestrian effort, poorly directed and photographed and apart from Nicholas Worth as the killer, poorly acted aswell. I recently picked up this uncut R1 release to re-evaulate it and my opinion hasnt changed much, Nicholas Worth is the only good thing a bout it, BUT dont let put you off as this guy is reason enough to purchase this dvd, he is brilliant in this film playing one of the craziest maniacs on the screen! The taxi driver-esque scene when he is standing in his living room with a glass of beer in his hand talking to himself is absoluteley hilarious and is worth the price of the dvd alone. A tour de force performance from one of the most underrated actors of recent years, they way he switches suddenly from a kind polite gentleman to a demented woman hating killer is simply brilliant. He is one of the most despicable charcters on the screen but in a strange way you root for him in the film as the cops on his tail are a pair of total bozo's, James Westmorland is truly dreadful as the detective in charge, a beggar's James Brolin and thats being polite!

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!
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Really good exploitation film, some would say its overly misogynistic and sleazy but then that's what exploitation film fans like isn't it?
Lots of nudity and violence abound, and the nutcase doing the women in hams it up in a big way. Some nice sequences and shots, especially in the scene inside the massage parlour. Recommended.
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This low-budget exploitative thriller has had a hard life, thanks to a lot of professional critics, moralistic censors, and the typical disdain cast upon it by those who dismiss it as pure sleaze. Heck, it even had a title that has nothing to do with the movie foisted upon it by its distributor. When viewed in all of its original, uncut glory, though, this is a darn good film, full of the gritty, in-your-face violence that most directors steer clear of. Yes, there's nudity, sleaze, violence, and racist elements in this movie, all the things the politically correct crowd wants to protect us from. Frankly, we're actually quite fortunate this film ever got restored to its original version after suffering two different cinematic castrations robbing it of a full nine minutes. The holier-than-thou critics certainly aren't happy about it, warning their minions to avoid this sick film, but have none of that, my friends. We're not little babies who have to be protected from the reality of violence or to be constantly nannied by some self-appointed guardians of cinema. If "they" don't want you to see this movie, that's more than enough reason for you to see it. As far as regular viewers go, some pin the "so bad it's good" label on the movie, but I'm in the "so good it's good" camp. I think opinions are divided based on Nicholas Worth's powerful performance as the killer - to some, he's over the top and almost comical at times, but I think he gives a spot-on performance of a seriously disturbed serial rapist/killer.

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.
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A psycho is strangling hot women. The cops are investigating. No Katarina's Nightmare Theater haven't secured the rights to the much trumpeted Gillian Anderson starring "Psychological" thriller, The Fall, but have remastered its 1980 sleazeball counterpart, Don't Answer The Phone.

Don't Answer the Phone is an unapologetic exploitation classic. It has pimps, hookers, naked girls, an awesome boom-chicka-wah-wah sub-porno soundtrack and a fascist cop. It is everything that the average high gloss pseudo serious serial killer epic pretends not to be. All the ingredients are exactly the same except more upfront, the ending is cooler and no one stares mournfully into the middle distance to make it seem more like a legit drama

Star of the show is Nicholas Worth, as crazed Vietnam veteran and photographer Kirk Smith. He uses his physical bulk and genuine strength to menacing effect, plus makes a great gibbering maniac. Flo Gerrish is not that bad as the radio psychologists he plagues. James Westermore is suitably stony faced as the lead detective and Ben Frank is fine as his sidekick.

Don't Answer The Phone is not very well regarded and was never going to win awards for tact. But I like its, honest, B-grade values. It was shot in 18 days without permits and has a gritty look and is all the better for it.

The presentatation is remastered from the original negatives and is in Anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen. There are signs of age, but it's uncut. Exras include commentary from director, Robert Hammer, an audio interview with James Westermore and an onscreen interview with Nicholas Worth.
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