MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 4,921 this week

Don't Answer the Phone! (1980)

4.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.7/10 from 935 users  
Reviews: 45 user | 52 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb at Comic-Con 2014

Follow our coverage of Comic-Con 2014, direct from San Diego July 23-27 in our Comic-Con section.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 39 titles
created 08 Jul 2011
 
a list of 32 titles
created 08 Jul 2011
 
a list of 340 titles
created 12 Sep 2011
 
a list of 32 titles
created 31 Aug 2012
 
a list of 237 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Don't Answer the Phone! (1980)

Don't Answer the Phone! (1980) on IMDb 4.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Don't Answer the Phone!.
1 win. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.7/10 X  

A woman in an unhappy marriage finds sexual fulfillment in her relationship with a ghostly, speechless presence who, obviously, doesn't quite say who he is.

Director: James Polakof
Stars: Britt Ekland, Lana Wood, Kabir Bedi
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A woman is tormented by dreams that she is the reincarnation of a dead countess. Her father, trying to get her to stop the dreams, takes her to a village near the castle of the late ... See full summary »

Director: Antonio Boccaci
Stars: Annie Alberti, Adriano Micantoni, Marco Mariani
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.9/10 X  

A patient escapes from a mental hospital, killing one of his keepers and then a University professor after he makes his way to the local college. Next semester, the late prof's replacement ... See full summary »

Director: Richard W. Haines
Stars: Forbes Riley, Ric Randig, Dick Biel
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

A nightclub singer has nightmares about being involved in adultery and murder, only to wake up and find that they may not be nightmares.

Director: Alex Nicol
Stars: Peter Carpenter, Dyanne Thorne, Lory Hansen
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

During a New Year's Eve celebration, a Punk Rock & New Wave show host gets a phone call saying that when New Year's strikes in each time zone, someone will be murdered--and she will be the last one.

Director: Emmett Alston
Stars: Roz Kelly, Kip Niven, Chris Wallace
The Slayer (1982)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

Siblings, Eric & his surreal artist sister Kay, her doctor husband David, her sister-in-law Brooke along with pilot Marsh become stranded on a rugged isle face off against a supernatural beast drawn to Kay who dreams of its killings.

Director: J.S. Cardone
Stars: Sarah Kendall, Frederick Flynn, Carol Kottenbrook
Mortuary I (1983)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Convinced that her father's death was not accidental, a beautiful girl decides to investigate to find out the truth, aided by her boyfriend. Her sleuthing draws her to a local mortuary, where many secrets will be revealed.

Director: Howard Avedis
Stars: Mary Beth McDonough, David Wallace, Bill Paxton
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Joanne, Patty, Brian, and Craig prepare the old dorm building to be torn down. They are pursued by a serial killer with a wide range of murder methods, ranging from power drill to ... See full summary »

Directors: Stephen Carpenter, Jeffrey Obrow
Stars: Laurie Lapinski, Stephen Sachs, David Snow
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A psycho in a Santa suit gets to decide who's been naughty and who's been nice.

Director: Lewis Jackson
Stars: Brandon Maggart, Jeffrey DeMunn, Dianne Hull
Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A group of young adults are trapped on a desert island only to find the water inhabited by a violent form of flesh eating organisms.

Director: Jack Curtis
Stars: Martin Kosleck, Byron Sanders, Barbara Wilkin
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  

Somebody with very little Christmas spirit is killing anyone in a Santa suit one London holiday season, and Scotland Yard has to stop him before he makes his exploits an annual tradition.

Director: Edmund Purdom
Stars: Edmund Purdom, Alan Lake, Belinda Mayne
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A group of explorers surveying an abandoned goldmine are trapped in a cave in, and find themselves at the mercy of a slimy, mysterious creature.

Director: Melanie Anne Phillips
Stars: Dan Lunham, Terri Berland, Rolf Theison
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Lt. Chris McCabe
Ben Frank ...
Sgt. Hatcher
...
Dr. Lindsay Gale (as Flo Gerrish)
Nicholas Worth ...
Kirk Smith
...
Lisa
Stan Haze ...
Adkins
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 ...
Nurse
Deborah Leah Land ...
Police Woman
Tom Lasswell ...
Police Psychiatrist
Mike Levine ...
Gary Markov
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Murder's just a phone call away ... See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

29 February 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Hollywood Strangler  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Shot in eighteen days. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

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.
See more »

Connections

References The Young and the Foolish (1979) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Don't see Don't Answer the Phone!
28 January 2007 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

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!


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Good 'n bad! Sro100
Book the film was based on rachaela
This movie? big50701
Not that bad. Ripe for a re-make SE7EN/Silence of the Lambs style TheScreenWatcher
Scorpion Releasing DVD poefan
Alex Jones would be awesome as Kirk Smith in a remake GreenGoatGhost
Discuss Don't Answer the Phone! (1980) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?