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Don't Go in the House [DVD] [1980]

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  • Actors: Dan Grimaldi, Robert Osth, Ruth Dardick
  • Directors: Joseph Ellison
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: ArrowDrome
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Mar. 2012
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006TVT5QY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,846 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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IN A STEEL ROOM BUILT FOR REVENGE THEY DIE BURNING... IN CHAINS

Most horror killers like to slash and slice their victims but little Donny prefers setting them alight in Don t Go In The House, a sleazy reminder of just how shocking horror movies could get in the video nasty era.

Donny is a disturbed kid... A mother s boy if you will. That is until mother expires and Donny s world crumbles in on itself. Now, lonely, adrift and enslaved to dark voices in his head, Donny seeks female companionship but drinks and dancing are the last thing on his mind. Mother s telling him he s a bad boy and the voices won t let him rest. Maybe if he just gets a girl home and into his steel lined burning chamber, the chatter might quiet down...

Now see Don t Go In The House complete and uncut and revel in the surreal sleaze, low rent Hitchcock melodrama, off Broadway acting and extreme, heat-seared violence of an independent horror classic that still retains its ability drop jaws, rattle cages and offend sensibilities over 30 years later.

ARROWDROME IS A FLEAPIT SELECTED LIBRARY OF CULT FILMS; VIOLENT, HORRIFIC, SLEAZY, EXPLOITATIVE. TO EXPLORE STEP IN TO THE CULT ARENA! EVERY ARROWDROME RELEASE INCLUDES A REVERSIBLE SLEEVE OF ORIGINAL ARTWORK AND A COLLECTOR S BOOKLET!

ALSO INCLUDES A TRAILER, TEASER AND ARROWDROME HORROR TRAILERS + BOOKLET BY HORROR EXPERT ANTHONY TIMPONE!

TOTALLY UNCUT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE UK!

Review

The Guardian

Best label 2011

Arrow

"It's often the smaller-funded labels that do the best work. Arrow has released marvellous discs of many of cinema's classics, such as Bicycle Thieves, Rififi and Les Diaboliques, but it's for their horror releases that they truly excel. The more respectable directors like George A Romero and Dario Argento get their due here, but Arrow also pull out all the stops for such (unfairly) lesser regarded Gore-teurs as Lucio Fulci and Frank Henenlotter. Blu-rays of Fulci classics The Beyond and City Of The Living Dead show that the films are far more atmospheric and better made than they ever appeared before, and for Henenlotter (with the imminent Frankenhooker disc) you get extensive extras that cover the rarely examined scene of low-budget New York film-makers and the lost grindhouses of Times Square and 42nd Street."

--The Guardian

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After witnessing a co-worker being seriously burned in an accident Danny Kohler lines a spare room in his large dilapidated house with sheets of metal and invests in a flamethrower.

Despite its fearsome reputation, Don't Go In The House is a surprisingly subdued and downbeat tale. Shot in the winter of 1979 on location in New York and New Jersey, Joseph Ellison's film is more concerned with abuse and psychotic breakdown than death and mayhem. There is only one on screen death. However, it is truly shocking. The basic set up of a boy and his mother is fairly obviously inspired by Hitchcock's Psycho, but the grittiness and use of hard disco 12 inch dance tracks to highlight Donny's dehumanised yearning for metaphorical and literal warmth owes a little to the bleakness at the heart of Saturday Night Fever. The visitations by the killer's charred victims have a quit eeriness that verges on the ghostly and whilst the ending is not dissimilar to the later Maniac the effect is very different.

Dan Grimaldi (the Sopranos) gives fairly nuanced performance as Donny, mostly avoiding histrionics. I like the scene where he picks up two less than impressionable girls and proceeds to make a complete fool of himself by bragging about his fighting skills and imaginary military background.

Interestingly for a film often dismissed as misogynistic, Don't Go In the House was co-written by Helen Hammill (the director's wife) and edited by Jane Kurson. And at least to me, the film's few female characters seem like normal people rather than fetishised slasher victims. Richard Einhorn (The Prowler, Eyes of a Stranger, Shock Waves)contributed to the creepy atmosphere with a decent electronic score and Tom Brumberger provided the realistic burned corpes effects.
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A psychopath, abused as a child by his mother who died recently and keeps her dead body in the house, stalks and kidnaps young women takes them back to his house and kills them with a flamethrower.

Joseph Ellison's much derided 1980 video nasty horror movie is actually an intense, well made, low budget shocker. The famous scenes of the killing in the steel room is surprisingly good, the effects do still hold up well and it's a very claustrophobic & intense sequence. The creepy atmosphere throughout is very strong and there are some quite scary and disturbing scenes- the dream sequence with the hands coming up through the ground & the disco scene are both great. Actor Dan Grimaldi delivers a superbly unhinged performance as Donny, much better than you might expect in such a film. Story wise it's decent maybe a bit derivative of others, obvious parallels with Psycho can be made, but the film does tell it's own story and it's a very watchable one, although the very last scene with the young boy & his mum feels a little bit tacked on. Maybe at times a little to downbeat for some audiences this is still a very good little horror picture that's certainly going to shock and possibly even surprise you.
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Yet another of those Psycho inspired horrors, where a Mummy's boy is dominated by a strong matriarch and resorts to murdering young women when he can't relate to girls as others do.

This sees mis-fit Dan Grimaldi keeping his mothers corpse in a ramshackle, lonely old house and talking to her as though she was still alive.
She abused him as a child, holding his arms over a lighted gas cooker to punish him for having wicked thoughts when he was bad.
Now she is gone, it's time for revenge, and the girls he picks up end up locked in a steel room, where he dresses in a heat suit and torches them to death with an oxy acetalene blowtorch.

Quite nasty are these scenes, especially for the time, and this DVD is uncut, restoring some extra shots of writhing burning bodies that were missing from the earlier video release.

An ugly and sordid sort of film. It isn't badly made, with some nifty dream sequences, but overall is cheap and largely forgettable.
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PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS REVIEW REVEALS CERTAIN ELEMENTS OF THE STORY

In the 1970s and early 1980s horror fans were treated to a bunch of movies with the word "Don't" in their titles. In the early 70s we had the excellent "Don't Look Now", "Don't Torture A Duckling" and Aldo Lado's reworking of "The Last House On The Left" - "Don't Ride On Late Night Trains" (a.k.a. Night Train Murders). Then In the late 70s and early 80s we had "Don't Answer The Phone", "Don't Look In The Basement", "Don't Go In The Woods Alone", "Don't Go Near The Park" and this film (one of the best "Don't" movies of this period) - "Don't Go In The House".

Of course, none of the victims in these sort of movies heeded the warnings in the films' titles which was good news for horror fans who, because of this, were treated to some spectacular scenes of violence and gruesomesness.

"DGITH" is your everyday tale about a guy called Donny who lives with his domineering mum. When Donny was a kid his mum used to punish him when he had been naughty by holding out his arms over red hot flames. Didn't the silly old witch realise that this could have a lasting traumatic effect on the poor kid? Now he is older, Donny is still haunted by these terrible memories so what does he do? He takes a job at an incineration plant! What a great career choice!

One day one of Donny's colleagues is turned into a human fireball when an aerosol cannister in the incinerator explodes but Donny just stands there transfixed while his other co-workers frantically try to put out the flames.
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