|Does Kirk look like Al Gore?|
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Don't Answer the Phone! ...a good idea even with no psycho
Today we largely view slasher films as harmless fun from our youth. At worst, enjoying them is a sign of our immaturity (...forgive us for not fawning over "The King's Speech"). However, back in the 1980s, critics put forth a harsher criticism of these films. Though Rated R, much of the slasher film audience was under 18. Intellectual critics and do-good social crusaders like Tipper Gore, claimed these films would cause young boys to grow up as misogynists in an a society already hostile to females. Decades later, here we are. Most of us aren't violent and Tipper Gore abandoned the cause by the late 80s. Today's feature, 1980's "Don't Answer the Phone" was a poster child for these critics and crusaders. Victims in this flick were young women, mostly professional, who were stripped, humiliated, strangled and raped...by a guy (an army vet) with dominant woman issues.
Will Gale's pre-marital sex with McCabe seal her fate as Kirk's last victim? Are Kirk's murders a metaphor for the plight of strong, liberated women in western culture? Has the misogynistic sub-genre of slasher films become mainstream in today's Hollywood offerings? All good questions to argue over. Violent and hard to watch at times, "Don't Answer the Phone" is vicious and hardly as playful as either "Halloween" and "Friday the 13th" (...two of the most famous slasher films from that era). Nicholas Worth's performance as a monstrous maniac is fabulous. Good luck finding this gem, as I had to buy a used DVD.