Cult Movie Essentials

Cult Movie Essentials: Don’t Go In The House (1980)

Written by Joseph Ellison, Ellen Hammill and Joe Masefield, and directed by Ellison, Don’t Go In The House follows Donald ‘Donny’ Kohler (Dan Grimaldi – The Sopranos) a man obsessed with fire and human combustion.

Through the use of flashbacks we learn that a young Donny (Colin Mclnness) suffered severe abuse from his mother (played by Ruth Dardick). It is revealed that as a means to punish Donny, Mrs Kohler would hold his bare arms over a gas stove to “burn the evil out of him.”

When he is older Donny’s mother dies and he sets out into the world to seek a twisted revenge against any woman that looks like her. To help he in his revenge quest he equips himself with steel chains, a flamethrower, and a steel-panelled bedroom crematorium…

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