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Director:
Writers:
Robert Hammer (screenplay) &
Michael D. Castle (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
29 February 1980 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
He'll Know You're Alone! See more »
Plot:
A deeply disturbed photographer and Vietnam veteran, named Kirk Smith, terrorizes Los Angeles by going... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
Exploitation Lite. See more (45 total) »

Cast

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James Westmoreland ... Lt. Chris McCabe
Ben Frank ... Sgt. Hatcher

Flo Lawrence ... Dr. Lindsay Gale (as Flo Gerrish)
Nicholas Worth ... 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
Chuck Mitchell ... Sam Gluckman
Victor Mohica ... Ventura

Susanne Severeid ... Hooker
Paula Warner ... Carol
Hugh Corcoran ... Wino
Gail Jensen ... Joyce
Joyce Ann Jodan ... Roommate
Corinne Cook ... Rikki
Ellen Kay Karsten ... Hooker
Havoc Oliver ... Hooker
David Osterhout ... Policeman
Peter Fain ... Policeman
Jon Greene ... Policeman
Robin R. Oliver ... Dope Dealer (as Robin Oliver)
Shirley Handelsman ... Nurse's Mother

Don Lake ... Man in Plastic
Eileen Castle ... Neighbor
Danny Disner ... Boyfriend
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Dunaway ... Fred at Radio Station (uncredited)
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Directed by
Robert Hammer 
 
Writing credits
Robert Hammer (screenplay) &
Michael D. Castle (screenplay)

Michael Curtis (based on "Nightline" by)

Produced by
Michael D. Castle .... producer
Robert Hammer .... producer
Michael Towers .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Byron Allred 
 
Cinematography by
James L. Carter  (as James Carter)
 
Film Editing by
Joe Fineman  (as Joseph Fineman)
 
Art Direction by
Kathy Curtis-Cahill  (as Kathy Cahill)
 
Makeup Department
Teresa M. Austin .... makeup artist (as Teresa Austin)
Mira Hammer .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Tikki Goldberg .... production manager
Scott M. Rosenfelt .... production manager (as Scott Rosenfelt)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Osterhout .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Elliot Nachbar .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Douglas B. Arnold .... boom operator (as Douglas Arnold)
Wayne Artman .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Beckert .... sound re-recording mixer
Jan Brodin .... sound mixer
Ken Collins .... sound effects editor
Michael Jiron .... re-recording mixer
 
Special Effects by
Richard Albain .... special effects (as Dick Albain)
 
Stunts
Marilyn Olsson .... stunt double
John Sistrunk .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tony DeFabees .... additional photographer
Gary Featherstone .... best boy gaffer
Arthur Krauss .... second assistant camera
Andrew G. La Marca .... additional photographer (as Andy LaMarca)
Tracy Neftzger .... key grip
Van Spaulding .... electrician
Tim Suhrstedt .... first assistant camera (as Timothy Suhrstedt)
Mike Taylor .... grip
Christopher Tufty .... gaffer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Deborah Lynn Scott .... wardrobe (as Deborah Scott)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Robert Cummings .... assistant editor
Robert Gordon .... associate editor
 
Transportation Department
John Lelko .... transportation
 
Other crew
Susan Cooley .... production assistant
Robin R. Oliver .... assistant to producer (as Robin Oliver)
Sharron Reynolds .... production coordinator
Tom Rolapp .... production assistant (as Thomas Rolapp)
Kathryn Zatarga .... script supervisor (as Kathy Zatarga)
 

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94 min | USA:85 min (DVD)
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Made under the title "The Hollywood Strangler."See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The first blonde victim can clearly be seen to breathe after being strangled.See more »
Quotes:
Kirk Smith:Are you proud of me now? Do I measure up?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Wacko (1982)See more »

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Exploitation Lite., 27 July 2009
Author: BA_Harrison from Hampshire, England

Snickering Vietnam vet Kirk Smith (Nicholas Worth) is one hell of a sicko: for a living, he shoots obscene pornographic photos, and in his spare time, he strangles pretty young women BEFORE raping them. LA detectives Lt. Chris McCabe (James Westmoreland) and Sgt. Hatcher (Ben Frank) are hot on the maniac's heels, but can they catch him before he kills his latest target, radio psychologist Dr. Lindsay Gale (Flo Lawrence)?

With such a sleazy premise, Don't Answer The Phone looks set to be a classic slice of extremely offensive exploitation, but with director Robert Hammer reluctant to go that extra mile to offend, the film falls short of the high (or should that be low?) standards set by his contemporary William Lustig, whose similarly themed film, Maniac, goes all out to shock the viewer.

Worth's character, Kirk Smith, is an undeniably repugnant fellow, and what he gets up to certainly ain't nice, but Hammer's approach to his patently sensationalist material is surprisingly cautious: whilst he doesn't mind showing the audience a little nudity (for example, all of the victims have their tops torn off before being choked to death), he doesn't quite seem to possess the cojonas necessary to present his sex and violence in the no-nonsense manner the genre demands.

Instead, his characters simply fill us in on the salacious details through conversation: a psychic gives a graphic account of the murder and rape of one girl, offering lurid tidbits of info about Kirk's modus operandi, and several characters pass comment on the particularly explicit nature of his photography. At the risk of sounding like a dangerous psycho myself, I ask 'Where's the really good stuff?'. A few throttlings and some tits only qualify this as exploitation lite!

To be fair, Don't Answer The Phone does manage to deliver a couple of scenes that almost make the grade—Kirk strangles a junkie hooker whilst she is live on air with Dr. Gale, and one topless victim is subjected to scalding by melted candle wax— but with too many other scenes pulling their punches, this film is most likely going to disappoint fans of degenerate cinema.

5.5 out of 10, generously rounded up to 6 for IMDb.

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