Ratings Key

= Excellent. The best the genre has to offer.
1/2 = Very Good. Perhaps not "perfect," but undoubtedly a must-see.
★★★ = Good. Accomplishes what it sets out to do and does it well.
★★1/2 = Fair. Clearly flawed and nothing spectacular, but competently made. OK entertainment.
★★ = Mediocre. Either highly uneven or by-the-numbers and uninspired.
1/2 = Bad. Very little to recommend.
= Very Bad. An absolute chore to sit through.
NO STARS! = Abysmal. Unwatchable dreck that isn't even bad-movie amusing.
SBIG = So Bad It's Good. Technically awful movies with massive entertainment value.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Don't Answer the Phone! (1980)

...aka: Hollywood Strangler, The

Directed by:
Robert Hammer

A greasy, slobbering Vietnam Vet (Nicholas Worth - who must be seen to be believed) kills women. Avoid the DVD release distributed by Rhino and several other bargain companies, which is the horribly butchered 85 minute version missing most of the violence and all of the nudity. Unfortunately, that's what I ended up watching by accident. The full version, which runs 94 minutes, has been released by BCI Eclipse (on a double bill with PRIME EVIL). The original VHS release from Media is also uncut. Since I only saw the cut version, I'm going to hold off on doing a full review until I see the unedited one. Hopefully that will be an improvement.

Score: 2 out of 10 (cut version)

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