Don't Answer the Phone

Don't Answer the Phone
Don't Answer the Phone

Official poster
Directed by Robert Hammer
Produced by Michael D. Castle
Robert Hammer
Written by Michael D. Castle
Robert Hammer
Starring James Westmoreland
Denise Galik
Nicholas Worth
Music by Byron Allred
Cinematography James L. Carter
Editing by Joe Fineman
Studio Scorpion
Distributed by Crown International Pictures
Release date(s) 29 February 1980
Running time 94 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Don't Answer the Phone! is a 1980 low-budget cult classic horror thriller film directed by Robert Hammer, written by Hammer and Michael D. Castle.[1]



Former Vietnam vet and photographer Kirk Smith is a crazed killer who stalks the streets of Los Angeles, picking up young women and strangling them in lurid fashion. He repeatedly contacts Dr. Lindsay Gale, the psychologist on a radio show. He targets Dr. Gale's patients, commits a murder while on the phone to her show (forcing her to listen to the victim's cries), and eventually goes after Dr. Gale herself. Two goofy policemen track him down.


  • James Westmoreland as Lt. Chris McCabe
  • Ben Frank as Sgt. Hatcher
  • Flo Lawrence as Dr. Lindsay Gale
  • Nicholas Worth as Kirk Smith
  • Denise Galik as Lisa
  • Stan Haze as Adkins
  • Gary Allen as John Feldon
  • Michael D. Castle as Lab Man
  • Pamela Jean Bryant as Sue Ellen
  • Ted Chapman as Man in Bar
  • Chris Wallace as Psychic Von Hammensveld
  • Dale Kalberg as Nurse
  • Deborah Leah Land as Police Woman
  • Tom Lasswell as Police Psychiatrist
  • Mike Levine as Gary Markov
  • Chuck Mitchell as Sam Gluckman
  • Victor Mohica as Ventura
  • Susanne Severeid as Hooker
  • Paula Warner as Carol
  • Hugh Corcoran as Wino
  • Gail Jensen as Joyce
  • Joyce Ann Jodan as Roommate
  • Corinne Cook as Rikki
  • Ellen Kay Karsten as Hooker
  • Havoc Oliver as Hooker
  • David Osterhout as Policeman
  • Peter Fain as Policeman
  • Jon Greene as Policeman
  • Robin Oliver as Dope Dealer
  • Shirley Handelsman as Nurse's Mother
  • Don Lake as Man in Plastic
  • Eileen Castle as Neighbor
  • Danny Disner as Boyfriend
  • James Dunaway as Fred at Radio Station


Nicholas Worth won the Medalla Sitges en Plata de Ley for his role as Kirk Smith.[2] It was shot in and around Los Angeles, California.[3]


The score was composed by Byron Allred.[4]


The theatrical was on 29 February 1980 over Crown International Pictures.[5] The VHS was in the United States released as The Hollywood Strangler on 28 February 1982 at Media Home Entertainment.[6] The DVD in 2002 over Rhino Home Video[7] and re-released by BCI Eclipse on 10 October 2006.[8]


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