Don't Go in the House (1980) - Rotten Tomatoes

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Don't Go in the House (1980)





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Movie Info

When the mother of a young man suffering from repressed psychosis dies, his illness suddenly becomes manifested behaviorally. He lures beautiful women to his home and commits acts of mindless vengeance.

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Dan Grimaldi
as Donny Kohler
Robert Osth
as Bobby Tuttle
Ruth Dardick
as Mrs. Kohler
Johanna Brushay
as Kathy Jordan
Darcy Shean
as Girl in Car
Mary Ann Chin
as Woman in Street
William Dennis Hunt
as Locker Room Worker
Denise Woods
as Body #2
Pat Williams
as Body #3
Colin McInness
as Little Donny
Ralph D. Bowman
as Father Gerritty
Joey Peschi
as Bobby's Son
Connie Oaks
as Bobby's Daughter
David McComb
as Salesman
Jean Manning
as Girl in Store
Ken Kelsch
as Man in Store
O'Mara Leary
as Suzanne
Eileen Dunn
as Michael's Mother
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Critic Reviews for Don't Go in the House

All Critics (4)

a slasher that, for all its derivativeness, always retains our sympathy for its central bogeyman, ensuring that it is as much tragedy as horror.

September 1, 2017 | Full Review…

The violence it depicts is not nearly as off-putting as the perfunctory misogyny the film evinces, and even that isn't half so obscene as the ridiculously shabby quality of the whole thing.

July 4, 2010 | Rating: 1/10 | Full Review…

One unforgettable scene. The rest is boredom.

August 27, 2003 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Don't go to this movie.

August 14, 2003 | Rating: 1/5

Audience Reviews for Don't Go in the House


You know a movie is bad when the beginning scenes are exactly what you saw in the previews. The rest of the film is pretty cliche, borrowing from better horror films. Despite all that, it was pretty creepy, though.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


Psycho fry-'em-up about a disturbed guy luring young women back to his home and blasting them to death with his flame-thrower. Not too bad overall, but there's no gore and most of the kills are off-screen. Though the only on-screen kill is pretty well done and there are a couple of nice creepy moments here and there. Well enough made to be deamed watchable for fans of the genre.

Lee ?
Lee ?

Super Reviewer

This Movie was shown as part of the Quentin Tarantino Film Festival in 1997. Most films on this list are very hard to find on DVD. To be in the Tarantino Film Festival most are over the top. This one was filmed in 1979 and we have a young man who is kidnapping women and burning them to death then dressing them and sitting them in a room with his dead mother. Acting was pretty cheap, best parts were scenes with dead burnt women chasing our main star around the house at the end, makeup on these was outstanding. A good all night drive in flick, For Halloween, naw there is better out there, if your having a pre 1990 festival then go for it. But I can only give it 3 stars.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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