Don't Answer the Phone is a 1980 horror movie directed by Robert Hammer and starring James Westmoreland,Flo Lawrence and Nicholas Worth.
There is a Killer on the streets of LA. He watches his female victims and then strangles them. There is a warning on the radio about a killer who is targeting women. Dr. Lindsay Gale(Lawrence) is a psychologist who has a call in radio show. She gives advice to people on the air. She gets weird calls from the killer. He is putting on a accent and telling her that he has headaches and blackouts and she thinks that she can help him. He stalks more women and kills them. He even turns up at Dr. Gale's private practice and follows one of her patients home and kills her. The cops are investigating one of the killings and they think that the killer might be a Vietnam Vet.They set up a task force led by Lieutenant McCabe (Westmoreland). He visits Gale to get some information about the killer.
The killer who turns out to be Kirk Smith(Worth) picks up a young woman by telling her that he is a modelling photographer. He kills her. He then picks up a hooker and gets her to call Dr. Gale on the air and he strangles her on the radio. Gale heard this. The killer talks to Gale. Her pimp comes in and sees what she has done. They fight and the pimp gets hurt. Gale goes to the cops about the weird call.
The cops want to keep an eye on her. They look for the pimp.Gale and McCabe meet for a drink and they end up in bed together. The killer is still working his way through victims. The cops are closing in on him. Kirk Smith is heading over to Dr. Gale's house for a visit....
He jumps out at her and ties her up. She tries to talk to him but he is mad. He has some problems with his dad and he talks to him. His childhood was not a happy one and he is a psychopath. McCabe knows that Smith is going to Gale's house so he gets the cops to head over and they rescue Gale. Smith and McCabe have a showdown and McCabe ends up shooting him. He ends up in the pool, floating around. This movie is cheap and nasty in parts. It is not bad, though. It is one of those so called exploitation movies, but it is so tame in comparison with today's films. There is nothing too bad in here. It was worth a watch and I found it entertaining enough. I will give it a 5/10.