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Don't Answer The Phone (Remastered Edition) (1980)

Nicholas Worth , James Westmoreland , Robert Hammer  |  R |  DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Nicholas Worth, James Westmoreland, Pamela Bryant, Flo Gerrish
  • Directors: Robert Hammer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Scorpion
  • DVD Release Date: October 16, 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008HHTG44
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,688 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

A Vietnam veteran/photographer (Nicholas Worth) terrorizes Los Angeles by going around strangling young women in their homes. He also taunts psychologist (Flo Gerrish) by calling her radio call-in show under the alias of Ramon to describe his misogynistic ways. Meanwhile, two police detectives (James Westmoreland, Ben Franks) are close behind the psycho, hoping he'll slip up and make a mistake. Now see it in widescreen from a brand new HD master!

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Censored G-Rated Version Of A Notorious Sleaze Epic October 2, 2003
DON'T ANSWER THE PHONE (1979): Suffering from the memories of his abusive father, gibbering lunatic Kirk Smith is a photographer who occasionally uses the cover of his job to help locate young female victims to murder. For fun, the serial killer routinely takes part in Psychologist Lindsey Gale's call-in radio program, pretending to seek advice about his sexual obsessions. Street savvy cop Lt. McCabe and his sidekick Sgt. Hatcher attempt to identify the perpetrator of the fiendish killings with little success, at one point utilizing the powers of an incompetent psychic. During the investigation, McCabe and Gale meet and become romantically involved. Meanwhile, Smith breaks into the house of Carol, a beautiful young patient of Dr. Gale's, and tortures her before killing her. Later, he is invited into the home of prospective model Joyce. When she complains about the sick nature of some of the photographs on display in his portfolio, he tears off her clothes and strangles her on the living room couch. Her roommate enters the room in time to see her friend die, at which point she is cornered by the wildly shrieking madman, who strangles her slowly to death. McCabe and Hatcher interview Sam Gluckman, a smut peddler who identifies Smith. Hot on Smith's trail, the cops are stunned when the maniac kidnaps Gale, which suddenly makes the case very personal for McCabe. Before Smith is able to make the psychologist his next victim, McCabe frees the terrified woman and pursues the killer into a residential area. "Adios, creep!" McCabe intones, shooting the fleeing murderer repeatedly in the back. In slow motion, Smith's bullet-riddled corpse falls into a swimming pool... Read more ›
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rhino has no respect for 80s horror March 29, 2003
By A Customer
I was totally disgusted with rhino,s version of Don,t answer the phone.All the great parts are butchered beyond belief.The violence was watered down to nothing and all you are left with are a bunch of talky parts.The reason people buy a film like this is for those exciting segments.Without that you have nothing.First of all we pay money for these products so they should not be edited.This version was like a bad tv movie.We should all get our money back from being ripped off like that.My advice is to wait until a reputable company releases this film UNCUT,and gives it the respect it deserves.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Blec-c-c-h! What a Waste of Time and Money! October 26, 2002
By A Customer
This DVD is rated R, but should be rated PG. All sex and violence has pretty much been slashed. The original movie has one of the all-time great, or should I say outrageous, serial killers in Nicholas Worth, but his efforts are lost in this major disappointment. The violence is tempered by some, shall we say, sick humor. Not much else is left. I rated this DVD a 1, but only because that is the lowest rating available. DON'T BUY THIS DVD!!
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother with this version! January 28, 2000
By A Customer
Rhino has totally butchered this old exploitation/drive in flick --do NOT buy this version. The only reason to watch this movie was to see sex and violence; all nudity and graphic violence has been edited out on this version. It has been so badly butchered it would not get an "R" rating if submitted as presented on this DVD.
Shame on Rhino, you people are obviously very sick.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cut for TV March 18, 2003
By A Customer
Rhino cut this movie into a waste of time and money. Save yours, unless you like watching guys with there head in a stocking doing something you can't see. One star is too good for this murderd movie.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Totally Worthless June 3, 2000
By A Customer
The DVD version of this movie which I just received, is totally worthless. It has had ALL the intense scenes removed. I thought the $11.88 was a low price, well it ain't even worth $0.88. DON'T BUY IT, ITS RATED "G" FOR GONE!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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OK folks, I sympathize with those of you who hated this movie. It's nasty and what there is of a plot is goofy. But Nicholas Worth scares the hell out of me every time I watch this. At once smug and terrified, forceful and helpless, his whimpering panic-attack-tantrum gets right into my guts and makes me identify with this obscene morbid beefy creature.
The movie lets you learn just enough about the victims to experience their fear and pain with maximum possible sympathy and intensity, and the sarcastic detective and other incidental characters get some hilarious lines.
If you accept the goal of the movie, which is, to horrify you the viewer by forcing you to feel intimate with this infantile, onanistic killer, I bet you will admit that this movie succeeds.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This low-budget exploitative thriller has had a hard life, thanks to a lot of professional critics, moralistic censors, and the typical disdain cast upon it by those who dismiss it as pure sleaze. Heck, it even had a title that has nothing to do with the movie foisted upon it by its distributor. When viewed in all of its original, uncut glory, though, this is a darn good film, full of the gritty, in-your-face violence that most directors steer clear of. Yes, there's nudity, sleaze, violence, and racist elements in this movie, all the things the politically correct crowd wants to protect us from. Frankly, we're actually quite fortunate this film ever got restored to its original version after suffering two different cinematic castrations robbing it of a full nine minutes. The holier-than-thou critics certainly aren't happy about it, warning their minions to avoid this sick film, but have none of that, my friends. We're not little babies who have to be protected from the reality of violence or to be constantly nannied by some self-appointed guardians of cinema. If "they" don't want you to see this movie, that's more than enough reason for you to see it. As far as regular viewers go, some pin the "so bad it's good" label on the movie, but I'm in the "so good it's good" camp. I think opinions are divided based on Nicholas Worth's powerful performance as the killer - to some, he's over the top and almost comical at times, but I think he gives a spot-on performance of a seriously disturbed serial rapist/killer.

The killer in this movie has a boring name, no distinguishing characteristics apart from stockiness, never even acquires a media-generated nickname, and has a fetish for women's stockings - but he doesn't let that get him down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love it.
One of the rare starring roles for late character actor Nicholas Worth, this film should satisfy both your horror and police action needs. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Fred Adelman
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool Movie
I have seen this before a long time ago. Perfect copy sent to at no time at all. No problems with the copy at all. I was pleased beyond belief with the service.
Published 18 months ago by David William Kaufman
5.0 out of 5 stars Trashy Fun Slasher Completists Will Want
With the release of the restored uncut version of Don't Answer The Phone, we see the Katarina's Nightmare Theater series getting back on track after the disappointing The Day After... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Herbert West
5.0 out of 5 stars A great 80's slasher flick
I saw this movie in 81 at the main post theater at Ft. Benning it was a 930 pm showing I remember thinking it was pretty good I tried for years to find it. Read more
Published on July 1, 2012 by Stanley J. Neu
4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Stop Watching This Truly Awful Film
I was channel surfing one night and was fortunate to find this film in its unexpurgated form on IFC. Read more
Published on March 17, 2012 by Eulogia
4.0 out of 5 stars Make sure to get the right version of this film
This film has a bit of everything, cheese, sickness, violence, nudity, humor. If you are looking for gore, you will be disappointed. Read more
Published on September 13, 2011 by eek doggy
5.0 out of 5 stars Serial type of action
Outstanding movie, lot of sacrificing of women by a serial killer per choking and a little of offering these women to some type of pegan rituals of the women. Read more
Published on May 14, 2011 by Lee Buzilow
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad Copy
This dvd is defective and has been manufactured poorly in most of the scenes you can hear a lot of distortion in the backgrond. Read more
Published on February 20, 2011 by Mela
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't answer the phone
I don't like violence, its a movie that i would not recommend for children to watch.Thank-you for the movie.
Published on December 19, 2009 by Anthony J. Bottjen
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't Forget The Beer!...
DON'T ANSWER THE PHONE! is another Crown International production meant to lure patrons into the drive-ins of its day (late 70s / early 80s). Read more
Published on November 14, 2009 by Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein
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