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Don't Answer the Phone 1980

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2.9 out of 5 stars (43) IMDb 4.8/10

A chilling and terrifying tale of a homicidal maniac who harasses a radio psychologist.

Starring:
James Westmoreland, Ben Frank
Runtime:
1 hour, 34 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Mystery, Horror
Director Robert Hammer
Starring James Westmoreland, Ben Frank
Supporting actors Flo Lawrence, Nicholas Worth, Denise Galik, Stan Haze, Gary Allen, Michael D. Castle, Pamela Jean Bryant, Ted Chapman, Chris Wallace, Dale Kalberg, Deborah Leah Land, Tom Lasswell, Mike Levine, Chuck Mitchell, Victor Mohica, Susanne Severeid, Paula Warner, Hugh Corcoran
Studio Mill Creek
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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Format: DVD
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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This latest edition in BCI's excellent series of drive-in movie collections contains a top favorite from the early 1970s drive-in theater circuit, "The Young Graduates." The film displays the adventures of blonde Mindy (Patricia Wymer), a recent high school graduate who's enjoying an affair with a slightly older teacher while still making time to hang out with hippies, bikers, and stoners. The interesting note here is that the film is more coming-of-age than exploitative. Although some of the dialog sounds as though it was written by a middle-aged scribe trying to sound "hep and with-it," the film endures as a period piece that deftly captures the spirit of the early seventies' youth culture. The picture has been letterboxed for the first time on home video, as is generally the case with the other Crown International films in this series. DRIVE-IN CULT CLASSICS VOL. 4 contains more variety than previous volumes, offering 8 nuggets from the horror/biker/sci-fi/softcore genres, all for about ten bucks. Since the films are spread over four disc sides, each film gets a full side to itself, which presents a pleasing image that doesn't suffer from compression artifacts.
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I haven't seen these, but I was curious to see which movies were included. For those of you who didn't see all the titles on the cover, here they are with their IMDB ratings (1-10 scale):

Wild Riders, 1971, 5.6
The Young Graduates, 1971, 4.6 (Bruno Kirby)
Chain Gang Women, 1971, 3.4
The Specialist, 1975, 3.6 (Adam West)
Death Machines, 1976, 2.8
The Van, 1977, 3.9 (Danny DeVito)
Don't Answer the Phone!, 1980, 4.1
Brain Twisters, 1991, 3.3

I doubt that many drive-ins ever showed Brain Twisters, but there it is. Enjoy!
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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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HELLO sellers on the marketplace lower your prices no one is paying 40.00 dollars or more. JUST BECAUSE IT IS OOP DOES NOT MAKE IT WORTH 100.00 DOLLARS. THESE MOVIES ARE NOT THAT GOOD OR RARE! BCI has really been pumping these out as part of other sets. This set features many movies that were discontinued from other sets previously released by BCI! Unfortunely, BCI tends to discontinue production after a few months leaving collectors to scramble. Why? BCI and Navarre have called it splits and some of the BCI Library has been purchased by lousy Mill Creek. You can sure get a good deal on the complete first Ultraman series for 10.99 now! There was a Drive-In Cult Classics Vol. 5 planned but that has now been scrapped. Hey, Mill Creek quit being lousy and get this back out and do it cheap, with NO logo burned into the screen.
You can see the list of films in the other reviews. Brain Twisters is the odd one out (1991?) for a drive in Cult Classic? Umm ok guys!
Rare. Hard to find? If Amazon restocks for 9.99 good deal. But 129.00 or 43.00 from private sellers is outrageous. I got mine through a Google shopping search for 9.99! Do these people who offer these prices have a brain or a conscience? Great movies but not for that price. But as stated get the BCI stuff asap as it is going to dry up and leave these con artists to soak collectors for over 40.00 per set.
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