Don’t Answer the Phone

PLOT SUMMARY

A deeply disturbed photographer and Vietnam veteran, named Kirk Smith, terrorizes Los Angeles by going around strangling lingerie-clad young women in their homes while taunting Lindsay Gale, a young psychologist, by calling her on a radio call-in show to describe his sexual hang-ups and misogynistic ways, while a local police detective, Lt. McCable, is always two steps behind in trying to catch the psycho.

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Actress: Dale Kalberg
Strangled With: Stocking
Result: Fatal

This is the opening scene and the first strangling in the film. The clip starts with the nurse arriving home. We see her undressing from what looks to be the killer’s pov from down the hall, hiding in the dark. The camera then cuts to the kitchen where she’s on the phone with her mother, oblivious to the fate that awaits her the moment she hangs up. As their conversation comes to an end, Nicholas makes his appearance, casually walking up behind her. When she hangs up, he makes his move. He grabs her by the throat, gives her a good left hook across the face to knock her into submission, and then carries her screaming into the dining room. There, he plops her on top of the dining room table where he fights for the upper hand. Finally, he manages to wrap a stocking around her neck and begins strangling her. During the climax, we’re treated to a full shot of the attack where we get to see her legs kick as her final struggles end in a nice, slow death. The scene ends with Nicholas ripping her bra apart to expose her breasts.

Edits

None needed

Thoughts

I absolutely love scenarios involving nurses. There’s just something about a woman who’s made a career out of helping cure the sick get snuffed.  Growing up in the 70’s, seeing them in a pair of white stockings and period-style uniform helps.  😉

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Actress: Pamela Jean Bryant and Gail Jensen
Strangled With: Bare Hands, Stocking
Result: Both Fatal

There are four on-screen asphyxia-related deaths in this flick, but I’ve only ever really liked three of them.  The last two are featured in this scene.

Kirk is masquerading as a photographer again, and talks his way into the home of two very attractive young ladies.  Kirk has brought a portfolio of his work along with him.  Pamela greets hiim at the door, he introduces himself, and pretends to make a phone call while she’s looking through his portfolio.  As she turns the pages, the photographs become more disturbing, until finally she’s shocked enough to decide she’s not interested in being photographed. Kirk takes offense at this and… ahem… forces her to… change her mind. 😉 The result turns fatal for Pamela as she winds up topless on the couch, struggling against him in a futile attempt to breathe. Kirk maintains the upper hand and slowly chokes the life out of her.

As he’s finishing off Pamela, her roommate, Gail, walks in on them both, wearing nothing but panties. Unfortunately, her death is somewhat uneventful. She grabs a table lamp and smashes it on Kirk’s back in an equally futile attempt to save Pamela  only to wind up grabbed and carried into the dining room where Kirk plops here onto a chair and promptly starts choking her as well.  During the struggle, he manages to slip a stocking around her neck and finishes her off as well. She dies slouched on the floor against the chair. Considering how weak the murder looked, I’m inclined to believe she died more from shock than strangulation. Ah, well…

Edits

None needed

Thoughts

We are long overdue for another exploitation flick…

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American Gothic S01E22: “Strangler”

PLOT SUMMARY

Seeking to destroy Merlyn, Lucas summons the ghost of the Boston Strangler. However, the Strangler would like to do more than kill Merlyn.

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Actress: Amy Parrish
Strangled With: Stocking
Result: Fatal

The Boston Strangler is masquerading as a Janitor at the local Hospital when he sees Amy.  Later that night, she arrives home and is getting comfortable when the strangler knocks, posing as a delivery driver dropping off medical supplies He talks her into letting him in so he can leave the supplies at her place, and then strangles her from behind with one of her own stockings as she’s signing the release form.

The attack itself is rather brief.  She gasps, and then the camera quickly pans down to her feet as she’s lifted off the floor.  We see her kick for a second before the camera cuts to an exterior shot of the attack looking in through her front door window.  The camera then pulls away as the Strangler pulls her down to the floor out of view from us, and then the scene fades to a commercial break.

Thoughts

I love professional women in peril, and Nurses are one of my favorite victim professions.  Amy is a gorgeous actress who looks stunning in this episode.  Seeing one of her character’s white stockings wrapped around her neck was an absolute delight, and her performance was icing on the cake.

Edits

The clip starts when Amy arrives home from work.  No further editing was necessary.

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Actress: Paige Turco
Strangled With: Stocking
Result: Non-Fatal

This is the second strangling in the episode.  The strangler has decided his next target will be one of the regular characters played by Paige Turco. When he fails to talk his way into her house, he uses his ghostly powers to simply appear inside while Paige is on the phone dialing 911.  He sees one of her stockings conveniently hanging on a hook nearby, removes it, and after another moment of small talk attacks her with it.Paige proves to be a difficult kill as she kicks the shit out of him. He just keeps coming and eventually takes her down on the bed.  Desperate and nearly out of stamina she sees a pair of scissors lying nearby, but they’re too far to reach.  She manages to pull off an ingenious move and kicks him in the ass.  The move is enough to force him to release his grip long enough for her to alert the authorities banging on her door.  They break in and the strangler vanishes before they make their way to her bedroom, leaving her with the stocking still wrapped around her throat.

Edits

There are a few cuts to her front door as the cops try calling out for her.  I removed all of them.  The clip ends when they finally break in and find her catching her breath.

Thoughts

Paige’s character is a strong-willed, independent woman.  As a major character, I knew she wouldn’t die, but watching her try to fight off the strangler was its own pleasure. 

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