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Don't Go in the House (1979)

 -  Horror  -  28 March 1980 (USA)
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A disturbed young man who was burned as a child by his sadistic mother stalks women with a flamethrower.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Grimaldi ...
Charles Bonet ...
Ben (as Charlie Bonet)
Bill Ricci ...
Vito
Robert Osth ...
Bobby Tuttle
Dennis M. Hunter ...
Worker
John Hedberg ...
Worker
Ruth Dardick ...
Mrs. Kohler
Johanna Brushay ...
Kathy Jordan
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Girl in Car
Mary Ann Chinn ...
Woman in Street (as Mary Ann Chin)
Lois Verkruepse ...
Woman with Kids
Susan Smith ...
Girl in Market
Jim Donnegan ...
Clerk
Claudia Folts ...
Body #1
Denise Woods ...
Body #2
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A slasher film about a victim of child abuse (Dan Grimaldi) who grows up to become a maniacal construction worker. He stalks women at discos, takes them home, then hangs them upside-down in a special steel-walled room and sets them on fire. Written by Ørnås

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28 March 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Burning  »

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$250,000 (estimated)
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The film's original soundtrack turned out to be unusable, having been recorded on what actor Dan Grimaldi termed "less than up-to-date equipment". The soundtrack, in its entirety, had to be re-recorded and re-dubbed. See more »

Goofs

The hallway outside the steel paneled room is brightly lit but when Donny is shown, from Kathy Jordan's point of view, to enter the steel room, the hallway outside is dark. See more »

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Referenced in Grindhouse (2007) See more »

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Boogie Lightning
Composed by Bill Heller
Available on Reflection Records & Tapes
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It's contribution to the genre: the burning scene.
10 October 2004 | by (Noctropolis) – See all my reviews

A movie highly inspired by "Psycho" tells the story of Donny, a traumatized man that hates women because as a child he was abused by his mother; she burned his hands (scene is shown in a flashback).

A grown-up Donny keeps his mother's corpse in the 2nd. floor , sitting in a rocking chair (as I remember). Donny's violent conduct against women is a subliminal revenge against his mother but it helps him in order to feel "good". How could Donny get rid of his demons?

*SPOILERS* "Don't Go In The House" is only remembered because of the infamous burning scene. Donny ties a naked woman and later burns her with a flame thrower. Obviously he didn't play with toys as a children. The scene is fantastic for lovers of violence.

Disturbing but it's a creative scene that is a key part of the beginning of the slasher era.

There isn't much to talk about this movie besides the burning scene and the ending. The movie is not a completely rip-off of "Psycho" mainly because of it's slasher elements and late 70's influences in the genre.

The actor who played Donny did a good job and the other cast members were OK for a movie of this kind.

6/10. Watch it only if you are very into the genre. Otherwise it won't entertain you.


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