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Don't Answer the Phone! (1980)

A deeply disturbed Vietnam veteran terrorizes the young women of Los Angeles and taunts a radio psychologist with descriptions of his grisly crimes.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Chris McCabe
Ben Frank ...
Sgt. Hatcher
Dr. Lindsay Gale (as Flo Gerrish)
Kirk Smith
Stan Haze ...
Gary Allen ...
John Feldon
Michael D. Castle ...
Lab Man (as Michael Castle)
Pamela Jean Bryant ...
Sue Ellen (as Pamela Bryant)
Ted Chapman ...
Man in Bar
Chris Wallace ...
Psychic Von Hammensveld
Dale Kalberg ...
Deborah Leah Land ...
Police Woman
Tom Lasswell ...
Police Psychiatrist
Mike Levine ...
Gary Markov


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 matt-282

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RUN - if you must. HIDE - if you can. SCREAM but ... ... He'll Know You're Alone! See more »


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29 February 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Hollywood Strangler  »

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Shot in eighteen days. See more »


The first blonde victim can clearly be seen to breathe after being strangled. See more »


Dope Dealer: The cops followed you up here you dumb nigger, you!
Adkins: Hey, who the fuck you're calling "dumb", asshole breath?
[throws his cocaine up in the dope dealer's face]
Adkins: Can't flush a fuckin' toilet, and he's calling me dumb.
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DVD was cut
16 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

Don't buy the DVD. It has been heavily cut. If you have previously seen this movie, the DVD will seriously disappoint you. Check your local video store for the original VHS tape if you want to your own copy of this film.

If you haven't seen this movie, rent it. It only appeals to a small group. It is standard fare of the late 70s to early 80's horror movies. Mindless killer terrorizes town (Hollywood). Police can't buy a clue.

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