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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:
Gripping Psychological Thriller (no, really, just kidding)! See more (45 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)

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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Runtime:
94 min | USA:85 min (DVD)
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Color (Metrocolor)
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Trivia:
All the shots of the killer on the prowl on the streets of Los Angeles were filmed without permits.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:
References 'V': The Hot One (1978)See more »

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14 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Gripping Psychological Thriller (no, really, just kidding)!, 19 December 2000
Author: (studydna) from Fallbrook, CA

This has got to be one of my all-time favorite cheesers. With awful acting, abysmal dialogue, and a senseless plot, this movie has all the makings of a classic stinker. Another thing to note is the soundtrack, which sounds like it was lifted from a B-grade porno flick, complete with wah-wah synthesizers and the "bow-chicka-bow-bow" reprisal.

Nicholas Worth, listed in the credits as "The Killer", or "The Strangler"' depending on which set you look at, delivers one of the most unintentionally hilarious performances as a deranged Vietnam veteran who likes killing young, beautiful women and then hovering over their bodies while laughing with his trademark wheezing...the guy is brilliant! Actually, that's just a joke, but then again, so is this entire movie. And why the hell do they call it "Don't Answer the Phone"? The only real phone calls of note are the ones he makes to Dr. Gail, the ultimate object of his violent misogyny. Worth has made another seminal performance this year (2000)... as the Soviet Premier in the game "Command and Conquer: Red Alert 2". Check him out, he rocks (or is that "reeks")?

However, I'd have to give the accolades for "Worst Perfomance in a Movie" to James Westmoreland. He is just plain AWFUL in this movie: contrived dialogue, stupid facial expressions, and a wardrobe that would make Wayne Newton jealous!

All in all, this is one of the best "bad" movies ever made, and I laugh uncontrollably every time I cue it up. If you're looking for 100% Velveeta, look no further: this is your movie!

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Not that bad. Ripe for a re-make SE7EN/Silence of the Lambs style TheScreenWatcher
Good 'n bad! Sro100
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