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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:
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Lt. Chris McCabe
Ben Frank ...
Sgt. Hatcher
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Dr. Lindsay Gale (as Flo Gerrish)
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Kirk Smith
Denise Galik ...
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
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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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29 February 1980 (USA)  »

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The Hollywood Strangler  »

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Made under the title "The Hollywood Strangler." See more »

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

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[last lines]
Lt. Chris McCabe: Adios creep!
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19 December 2005 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

Don't Answer the Phone is yet another film from the late 70s and early 80s about a psychotic, demented, socially awkward killer who brutalizes women because of his "problems" - whatever those problems might be. This time around we have a muscular, fat Vietnam vet who was never good enough for his father butcher pretty girls just after they have stripped from their little clothing. Nicolas Worth plays the wheezing, maniacal killer with a bizarre almost interesting quality. He is not a good actor yet is able to hold your attention throughout. I wish I could say something pleasant about the rest of the cast, but none of the rest are very competent. The police detectives who are looking for Worth - one which falls in love with the pretty radio psychiatrist that can shed light on the killer's identity - were particularly bad. The girls are pretty but the misogynistic flair devoted to their deaths is particularly degrading and unpleasant. The film is at least not overtly gory and had me interested until the end. The story was compelling enough and Worth is worth a look if nothing else.


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