Thursday, February 4, 2010

Don't Answer The Phone (1980)

2 / 5 Feb '10
Tagline: He'll Know You're Alone
Directed by: Robert Hammer
Written by: Michael D. Castle, Robert Hammer
Actors include: James Westmoreland, Ben Frank, Flo Lawrence
Genre: Horror
Length: 94 minutes
Banned: Nope

I do tend to like many movies with instructions in the title, but this was not one of them. It is a sleazy film, I'll give it that, our murderer (who is never kept a secret) is rather evil looking and says many mean things to the women he's torturing. Between acts of violence we have terrible homemade synth music, terrible acting and let's not forget the glue that holds this boring flick together....pointlessness. Whenever we don't have the killer on screen we are watching some stupid unrelated therapy take place, or a woman answer the phone for a radio show or unrelated Police work. It goes out of it's way to try to be nasty which in a way I appreciate but the long pieces of film with only stupid things happening completely ruined any effect it might have had. It's a shame that this couldn't have been made better by someone else because the idea of an evil dude killing people often does work. Watch Don't Go in the House instead, it's sleazier more cruel and exciting all the way instead of this low rent exploitation slop.

Availability:  On DVD

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