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The House by the Lake (1976)

Death Weekend (original title)
A rich playboy has a large house in the countryside. One weekend he invites a fashion model. On his way to the house, he drives past a gang of crazy young men. The men find out where the ... See full summary »

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A rich playboy has a large house in the countryside. One weekend he invites a fashion model. On his way to the house, he drives past a gang of crazy young men. The men find out where the house is and begin to terrorize the couple. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Tension so unbearable so overwhelming so uncontrollable you'll want to scream out loud! See more »

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4 March 1977 (USA)  »

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CAD 500,000 (estimated)
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Despite being described as an "appalling orgy of destruction" by the 1976 August Bulletin the film was passed relatively intact by the BBFC after a personal visit by Brenda Vaccaro to chief censor James Ferman to plead for a certificate. Some of the female examiners on the board described the film's violence as "acceptable, even justifiable" and the only UK cut made to the movie was the removal of the word "cunt". See more »

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During the opening car chase, the Camero smashes into an Oldsmobile, smashing a corner of the Camero's front end. Immediately after, the damage is gone. See more »

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[first lines]
Harry: It's a great machine, isn't it?
Diane: Yeah.
Harry: When I cut into the super-charger I can get up to 140.
Diane: Wow.
Harry: You can't keep it like that 'cause the fiction will melt the engine like a marshmellow. I never met a woman who was interested in cars more then you are.
Diane: I lived with a guy who was a former driver. For a while. It didn't work out, but he taught me a lot about cars. And I loved it. I really loved it.
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Tense and Underrated-Brenda Vaccaro Kicks ASS!
26 October 2002 | by (THE STATES) – See all my reviews

None of what most people say about this film is true. This film is an A-movie masterpiece that has gone underrated for years. There is no rape or sleaziness, only unrelenting terror. The film, which follows a playboy dentist and his newly picked up model girlfriend on their way to a big beautiful country house by a lake. On their way, they run into some petty thugs who get mad at them for being so wise and smart with them. So they bash the couples weekend, terrorize the dentist, and beat up on the model (no rape is committed) and eventually kill the dentist. This leaves the model(Vaccaro) up to defending herself alone...and she does! This film had a creepy musical score that goes unknown and The leads, Stroud and Vaccaro are so believable and strong in their characters that the audience gets so caught up in it and as the film loses control, so will the audience. When movies like this are made, people automatically think that it will contain sleaziness and tons of gore. But this film keeps the gore on the low-low, and the sleaziness is nowhere to be seen. The acting from the supporting cast is equally fine, in being that none of the supporting cast really did anything else. The films star power is and always will be Brenda Vaccaro. She has the pressure on her shoulders to being this victim, and she does what no other actress has done in a film like this-she makes her character strong and fights back. When the leading thug(Stroud) tries to force himself upon her, she smacks and hits and plays it cool so, that it makes him stop. All thoughts and feelings of this film go outward as thus. A Great Movie! Vaccaro and Stroud rock! 8.6/10


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