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The House by the Edge of the Lake (1979)

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A young woman returns to the country château where her mother drowned years ago. There is something haunting about the place, a supernatural ambiance.

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A young woman returns to the country château where her mother drowned years ago. There is something haunting about the place, a supernatural ambiance.

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Fun erotic horror picture
26 May 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I watched this film years ago and then re-watched it recently. I had remembered little about the film's story, but recalled some of the vivid imagery: the film's heroine riding her motorcycle around the village, the black lake surrounding the villa, the sex scene in the graveyard, a Wicker Man style carnival, and of course the climatic cat fight. On second viewing I knew why the story didn't stay with me, it's not that memorable.

A young woman returns to the country château where her mother drowned years ago. There is something haunting about the place, a supernatural ambiance. A wild young woman with a similar name holds the key. Meanwhile, every villager our heroine sleeps with meets a strange accident. Also, why does the heroine have a psychic-sexual link with the wild woman? All is explained by the end, if not satisfyingly. In fact, the entire ending feels rushed and hap-hazard as if the production ran out of money. However, what The House by the Edge of the Lake misses in narrative coherence it more than makes up for with an atmospheric location, a handful of off-kilter scenes, and a fair amount of sex. The storyline seems like something Jess Franco would have written. Since Enzo Castellari is directing the film, House is fun to watch in ways that Franco films usually are not.


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