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Don't Go in the House (1979)

R | | Horror | 28 March 1980 (USA)
A disturbed young man who was burned as a child by his sadistic mother stalks women with a flamethrower.

Director:

Joseph Ellison

Writers:

Joe Masefield (story) (as Joseph R. Masefield), Joseph Ellison (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Grimaldi ... Donny Kohler
Charles Bonet ... Ben (as Charlie Bonet)
Bill Ricci Bill Ricci ... Vito
Robert Carnegie ... Bobby Tuttle (as Robert Osth)
Dennis M. Hunter Dennis M. Hunter ... Worker
John Hedberg John Hedberg ... Worker
Ruth Dardick Ruth Dardick ... Mrs. Kohler
Johanna Brushay ... Kathy Jordan
Darcy Shean ... Girl in Car
Mary Ann Chinn Mary Ann Chinn ... Woman in Street (as Mary Ann Chin)
Lois Verkruepse Lois Verkruepse ... Woman with Kids
Susan Smith Susan Smith ... Girl in Market
Jim Donnegan Jim Donnegan ... Clerk
Claudia Folts Claudia Folts ... Body #1
Denise Woods Denise Woods ... Body #2
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Storyline

A slasher film about a victim of child abuse (Dan Grimaldi) who grows up to become a maniacal construction worker. He stalks women at discos, takes them home, then chains them up in a special steel-walled room and sets them on fire. Written by Ørnås

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

If you do...then don't say we didn't warn you. See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Burning See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Turbine Films Inc. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Most of the filming locations, aside from the house and flower shop, are gone. The clothing store has been demolished, and a CVS built on the site. The Palace Disco is also gone. See more »

Goofs

The hallway outside the steel paneled room is brightly lit but when Donny is shown, from Kathy Jordan's point of view, to enter the steel room, the hallway outside is dark. See more »

Quotes

Donny Kohler: [Donnie speaks to the 3 burned corpses of his victims] Fine all the thanks i get.
Donny Kohler: I bring you into my home, i give you love and shelter.
Donny Kohler: [Screams] Better than any of you ever had.
Donny Kohler: You turn on me.
Donny Kohler: I still let you stay.
Donny Kohler: Well... no more.
Body #1: [the corpses start to talk back] We hate you Donny.
Donny Kohler: What...
Body #2: We hate you.
Body #3: We always hated you.
[...]
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Alternate Versions

The original UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC and the film later found itself on the DPP 72 list of video nasties. The 1987 UK video release was heavily cut by 3 minutes 7 secs and extensively reduced shots of nudity and graphic closeups from the scene of the chained woman being burned alive. See more »

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Referenced in Grindhouse (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Dancin' Close to You
Produced by Murri Barber
Composed by Ted Daryll
Performed by The Daryll/Barber Band
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Another Mommy-Obsessed "Slasher" - This Time With A Flame-Thrower!!!
11 April 2006 | by EVOL666See all my reviews

DON'T GO IN THE HOUSE is a relatively un-talked about film that falls squarely in the slasher genre - though our lead psycho never actually "slashes" anyone...preferring instead to burn 'em up with a military-style flame-thrower. Comparisons can be drawn to such other mother-obsessed horror films like PSYCHO, PIECES, and MANIAC - as our main-man is all whacked-out due to the treatment he received as a young lad at the hands of his over-bearing momma.

Donny (who reminds me of a cross between Mike Damone and a young Dustin Hoffman...) is a quiet kinda guy whose mother just died. She used to burn him as a kid for being "evil", but I guess a kid's still gonna love their mom - even if she was an abusive bitch. Not taking her death too well, he consoles himself by picking up random chicks and torching them to death in a makeshift steel room in his newly inherited house. He then keeps the charred remains around so he can dress 'em up and talk to 'em. Things get really out of hand for Donny when one of his friends from work invites him out-on-the-town with a couple of broads to the local disco. Needless to say, Donny ain't too good with social interaction of the courtin' kind - and makes a big mess of the whole scene. This brings a bunch of "heat" down on Donny that makes it impossible to hide his obsessions any longer...

DON'T GO IN THE HOUSE is pretty standard slasher material with the flame-thrower as a "different" element. The film is relatively misogynistic due to our psycho's penchant for torching hot young ladies...but the concept itself is nothing new. There are a few choice scenes (the disco scene is flat-out hilarious...) and a couple tits-n-ass shots, including some brief full-frontal. Donny's performance is pretty good too as the quite and mild-mannered freak. Definitely worth a look to slasher fans but don't expect anything extremely original or "shocking"...7/10


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