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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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Diane
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Harry
Richard Ayres ...
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Kyle Edwards ...
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Ralph
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Al Bernardo ...
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Roselle Stone ...
Mrs. Doobie
Elaine Yarish ...
Campground Girl
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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Writer/director William Fruet actually based the film off of a true story that took place in Canada. The crime that inspired it involved a dentist whose home was invaded by thugs he had angered, just like the plot of the film. 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 »

Quotes

[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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Highly intense and criminally underrated Canadian rape and revenge shocker.
30 May 2006 | by (Chyby, Poland) – See all my reviews

"Death Weekend" begins with a sleazy super rich dentist on the way to his country mansion with a buxom beauty in tow.The dentist has actually deceived Brenda Vaccaro into the country weekend foray-the sole purpose of the trip is to enjoy his latest conquest.On their way in their car the couple come across four hillbillies who start hassling the couple and chasing them in their car.Vaccaro manages to leave 'em behind.The enraged goons vows to extract revenge.The orgy of mindless violence begins in the dentists mansion...William Fruet's "Death Weekend" is an ugly and brutal rape and revenge flick inspired by "Straw Dogs" and "Last House on the Left".The most surprising fact is that it was banned as the video nasty in UK.The acting is great,the atmosphere is suitably sleazy and there is enough violence to keep fans of grimy exploitation flicks entertained.Give this one a look.9 out of 10.


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