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Don't Hang Up (1974)

PG | | Horror, Thriller | 3 May 1974 (USA)
In this horror movie, a dutiful grand-daughter goes home to take care of her elderly grandmother. Once there, she finds herself trapped inside the house with a homicidal maniac.

Director:

S.F. Brownrigg

Writers:

Frank Schaefer (screenplay), Kerry Newcomb (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Susan Bracken Susan Bracken ... Amanda Post
Larry O'Dwyer Larry O'Dwyer ... Claude Kearn
Gene Ross ... Judge Stemple
James N. Harrell James N. Harrell ... Dr. Crawther (as Jim Harrell)
Hugh Feagin Hugh Feagin ... Nick
Annabelle Weenick ... Annie
Rhea MacAdams ... Grandmother
John Steakley John Steakley ... Local 1
Jeffrey Swann Jeffrey Swann ... Local 2
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In this horror movie, a dutiful grand-daughter goes home to take care of her elderly grandmother. Once there, she finds herself trapped inside the house with a homicidal maniac.

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After 13 years she returned home... To a house of terror. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

PG

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Don't Open the Door! See more »

Filming Locations:

Jefferson, Texas, USA

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Mono

Color:

Color
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Dario Argento crossed with Charles B. Pierce, but not as good as either
29 January 2018 | by a_chinnSee all my reviews

I have a great affection for 70s rednexploitation/hicksploitation films, so my rating for this film may be a bit inflated in comparison to viewers who do not enjoy the likes of "Gator," "Walking Tall," or "Cockfighter." The story follows a young woman who moves into her grandmother's house only to find herself stalked by a madman. A madman with a creepy doll collection, which later figures into why he's stalking her. "Don't Open the Door" is an oddball low budget horror film that's best described an Italian Giallo crossed with "The Town That Dreaded Sundown." It has the low budget drive-in rural east Texas feel of a Charles B. Pierce film, but it also has some hints of Dario Argento and Mario Bava with colorful lighting schemes, inventive camera angles, and a whole lot of extreme close-ups. However, director S.F. Brownrigg is no Argento or Bava (or Pierce, for that matter) and this is certainly no "Bird with the Crystal Plumage." Still, the film does have some effectively creepy moments (including a creepy montage of dolls over the opening credits), but there's no escaping how amateurishly made the film is (and by amateurishly made, I mean badly made).


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