Don’t Answer the Phone! (1979)

35mm film, Metrocolor, 1.85:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Robert Hammer.

Plot Summary

A disturbed Vietnam veteran murders young women in Los Angeles while taunting a radio psychologist about his crimes.


Directed by: Robert Hammer
© 1979 A Scorpion production
A Hammer/Castle presentation
Executive Producer: Michael Towers
Produced by: Robert Hammer, Michael D. Castle
Screenplay by: Robert Hammer, Michael D. Castle
Based on Bloodline by: Michael Curtis
Director of Photography: James Carter
Edited by: Joseph Fineman
Music by: Byron Allred
Sound Mixer: Jan Brodin
Wardrobe: Deborah Scott
Make-up: Teresa Austin
Hair Stylist: Mira Hammer
Special Effects: Dick Albain
Art Director: Kathy Cahill

James Westmoreland (Lt McCabe)
Flo Gerrish (Dr Lindsay Gale)
Ben Frank (Sgt Hatcher)
Nicholas Worth as the killer/the strangler
Pamela Bryant (Sue Ellen)
Denise Galik (Lisa)
Paula Warner (Carol)
Dale Kalberg (nurse)
Gail Jensen (Joyce)
Susanne Severeid (hooker)
Stan Haze (Adkins)
Tom Lasswell (police psychiatrist)
Chris Wallace (psychic)
Victor Mohica (Ventura)
Gary Allen (John Feldon)
Michael Castle (lab man)
Ted Chapman (man in bar)
Deborah Leah Lund (police woman)
Mike Levine (Gary Markov)
Chuck Mitchell (Sam Gluckman)

Alternative Titles

The Hollywood Strangler – working title
Morte al telefono – Italy
Não Responda ao Telefone – Portugal
Ne vedd fel a telefont! – Hungary
Nie podnos sluchawki – Poland
No contestes el teléfono – Mexico
No respondas al teléfono – Spain
Soitto murhaajalta – Finland
Todesschrei am Telefon – West Germany



  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.347
  • Film Review 1981-1982 p.150
  • The Films of the Eighties by Robert A.Nowlan and Gwendolyn Wright Nowlan p.151 – credits, synopsis
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.105
  • Horror Films of the 1980s by John Kenneth Muir pp.82-83 – credits, synopsis, review
  • The Mammoth Book of Slasher Movies: An A-Z Guide to Over Sixty Years of Blood and Guts by Peter Normanton pp.166-168
  • Nightmare USA by Stephen Thrower pp.446-447; 516 – illustrated credits, review; note
  • Serial Killer Cinema: An Analytical Filmography by Robert Cetti p.132-133