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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:
... Donny Kohler
... Ben (as Charlie Bonet)
Bill Ricci ... Vito
... Bobby Tuttle (as Robert Osth)
Dennis M. Hunter ... Worker
John Hedberg ... Worker
Ruth Dardick ... Mrs. Kohler
... Kathy Jordan
... 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 chains them up in a special steel-walled room and sets them on fire. Written by Ørnås

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In a steel room built for revenge they die burning... in chains. See more »

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28 March 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Burning  »

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$250,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Dan Grimaldi kept the asbestos suit he wears in the movie. See more »

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Towards the end of the first burning scene, it is obvious that the fire effects are a simple overlay. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Kohler: Donald, come here.
Little Donny: No mother.
Mrs. Kohler: You're a bad boy.
Mrs. Kohler: You're evil, and you must be punished.
Little Donny: No mother, please don't.
Little Donny: I promise to be good.
Mrs. Kohler: Come here i said.
Little Donny: No mother, please no.
Mrs. Kohler: Your father let you do things like that, but he's gone now.
Mrs. Kohler: [while burning the childs arms above the stove] I burn the evil out of you.
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Late Night Surrender
Composed by Bill Heller
Available on Reflection Records & Tapes
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Uniquely creepy!
24 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

With a synthesized musical score, chilling imagery and an intriguing perspective, Don't go in the House displayed a memorable aspect that most movies, even for its time, did not offer. It has it's flaws, most notably being a fairly strong anti-women aspect (which was more than understandable coming from the main character, but ambiguous coming from little corners of the movie), but it still does a great job of creating a surreal feeling of terror as we are treated to the 1st person perspective of an emotionally/physically scarred person. Everything else from including the mundane spoken lines fits in the movie. All the more reason as not to omit it as too misogynistic or harsh...it is a psychological HORROR movie, so the more violent or traumatizing it is, the better!

Best for the open minded horror fan and those looking for something a little different in their horror movies. 7.5 / 10


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