A deeply disturbed photographer and Vietnam veteran, named Kirk Smith, terrorizes Los Angeles by going around strangling lingerie-clad young women in their homes while taunting Lindsay Gale... See full summary »
A deeply disturbed photographer and Vietnam veteran, named Kirk Smith, terrorizes Los Angeles by going around strangling lingerie-clad young women in their homes while taunting Lindsay Gale, a young psychologist, by calling her on a radio call-in show to describe his sexual hang-ups and misogynistic ways, while a local police detective, Lt. McCable, is always two steps behind in trying to catch the psycho. Written by
There were a lot of horror films with the word "Don't" in the title made in the eighties, and Don't Answer the Phone is surely one of the worst of them. This truly miserable film has absolutely nothing going for it, and despite director Robert Hammer's attempts to make the film as sleazy as possible, it always comes off in a boring and often ridiculous way. The plot is just your basic serial killer yarn, and we follow the completely uninteresting investigation into the killings. The title, 'Don't Answer the Phone', doesn't really make much sense; and the only real connection between the plot and the title comes in the form of the killer's phone calls to his intended victim who works on a radio call-in show. The film features pretty much no suspense, since we can't possibly care about anything that goes on in it; the sleaze is completely ineffective also, and the attempts at humour at merely cringe-worthy. It doesn't surprise me to find that Robert Hammer didn't make another film before or after this one, and that is something we should be thankful for. Overall; there's not many films I would recommend 'Don't Go Near the Park' over, but this is one. Avoid like the plague!
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