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Saturday, 21 July 2012

Don't go in the house ( 1980 ).

I saw this recently, and have to say it wasn't anything like I imagined it to be. It is an amazing film, but I find it impossible to see why it was a video nasty in the UK at all. Maybe that's just me. Who knows?

Donald (Donny) is a deeply disturbed man who was abused by his mother as a child. Whenever Donny did something his mother saw as wicked, she would hold his hands over the flames of a gas stove in an attempt to burn the evil out of him.

A few years later, and Donny is working at an incinerator plant where there is an accident and one of his colleagues catches fire. Instead of rushing to help him, Donny watches with childlike curiosity. After work, Donny returns home only to find his mother has died, and so begins the collapse of Donny's world.

He is now free from his mother and decides to avenge himself from his mothers hatred by killing every woman who bears a resemblance to his hateful mother. He covers a bedroom with steel panels, goes and purchases some chains and a flamethrower and begins his quest for revenge.

From reading about this movie, I thought it was going to be wall to wall barbeque, but in fact, the story is incredibly well developed and intelligent and shows a very realistic portrayal of a man falling into insanity.

That isn't to say the movie skimps on the brutality. It definitely doesn't, but it is more about the descent into madness than the body count. The way Donny's dead mother communicates with him from beyond the grave is very reminiscent of Psycho, and the ending is incredibly similar to another movie from the same year which I'm in no way going to mention as it would pretty much give the ending away.

Another film I highly recommend. Just don't go in expecting a gore fest, and I guarantee you won't be disappointed.

You can buy Don't go in the house from Amazon by clicking here.

Darkest regards......Dani.


  1. This is on my watch it list! I have been meaning to watch it because I heard such awesome things about it!

  2. You so have to see it!!!
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  3. It's not a bad flick. I expected more but it definitely does its job. Awesome review doctorcarnage!