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Don't Go in the House (1979)

R | | Horror | 28 March 1980 (USA)
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:
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Charles Bonet ...
Ben (as Charlie Bonet)
Bill Ricci ...
Vito
Robert Carnegie ...
Bobby Tuttle (as Robert Osth)
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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Storyline

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)  »

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The Burning  »

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$250,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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The actresses who played the burns victims were dancers chosen because they were the same height as the actresses playing the victims, but significantly slimmer in build. This is because when the human body is subjected to burns, it shrinks due to a loss of fluid. See more »

Goofs

When Donny is in the steel room, he obviously is able to exit the room after the death of his first victim. But when Suzanne and Patty are in the steel room, neither of them can escape despite the one woman not being chained to the floor and ceiling. See more »


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Dancin' Close to You
Produced by Murri Barber
Composed by Ted Daryll
Performed by The Daryll/Barber Band
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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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