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Fernando Di Leo (screenplay)
Mario Gariazzo (story)
Release Date:
20 March 1980 (Italy) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Joe Dallesandro ... Joe Brezzi
Lorraine De Selle ... Paola - sister of Liliana
Patrizia Behn ... Liliana - wife of Sergio (as Patricia Bhen)
Gianni Macchia ... Sergio

Directed by
Fernando Di Leo 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Fernando Di Leo  screenplay
Mario Gariazzo  story

Produced by
Armando Novelli .... producer
Original Music by
Luis Bacalov 
Cinematography by
Enrico Lucidi 
Film Editing by
Amedeo Giomini 
Production Design by
Francesco Cuppini 
Costume Design by
Carolina Ferrara 
Makeup Department
Placida Crapanzano .... hair stylist
Giuseppe Ferranti .... makeup artist
Gloria Granati .... makeup artist
Lidia Puglia .... hair stylist
Production Management
Fabio Diotallevi .... production manager
Sound Department
Goffredo Salvatori .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Maurizio Lucchini .... assistant camera
Mario Sabatelli .... still photographer
Goffredo Salvatori .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Ornella Chistolini .... assistant editor
Other crew
Vincenzo Samà .... production secretary
Patrizia Zulini .... script supervisor (as Patrizia Amelia Zulini)

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Also Known As:
"Vacanze per un massacro" - Italy (original title)
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85 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Recommended, but keep your expectations kinda low, 23 February 2010
Author: lazarillo from Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile

A husband and wife (Gianni Macchia and Patrizia Behn) go to their country cottage along with the wife's younger, university-student sister (Lorraine DeSalle) with whom the husband is having a secret affair. They run into an escaped convict (Joe Dallesandro) who has hidden a cache of money in the cottage. The convict gets the upper-hand over the husband and holds the trio hostage, having his way with both of the women. It doesn't really end well for anybody.

Although it was directed by the respected Italian genre director Fernando DiLeo, this is actually an Italian "terror film",a sleazy and disreputable cycle films that involve lower-class cretins brutalizing, raping, and generally terrorizing wealthy bourgeois-type characters. These films were all indirectly influenced by the notorious American film "Last House on the Left", but the more proximate influence was no doubt other Italian films like "Late Night Trains" and "Hitchhike". These films differ somewhat from "Last House" and the American "rape-revenge" films in that they generally have a little less gory violence and trade more in humiliation and softcore sex. The victims in the Italian films are often unsympathetic hypocrites who might be as bad or even worse than their lower-class assailants. Most controversially, the (invariably sexy) female victims in these films almost always manage to develop a case of sexual Stockholm's syndrome either willingly having sex with one or more of their attackers, willingly having sex with one and getting raped by the others (a la "Straw Dogs"), or worst of all getting raped but ending up enjoying the experience.

Lorraine DeSalle plays the sexual Stockholm syndrome victim here. But she's such an amoral, grasping, nymphomaniacal character to begin with, who is willing to betray her sister and manipulate both of the men in any way necessary in order to get her own hands on the money, that her character doesn't come off as particularly offensive (just not very believable). The wife is a good character and the husband is OK (albeit totally unsympathetic). The real weak link is Joe Dallesandro, who plays the lone criminal (usually in "terror" films there's more than one criminal). This would have been FAR more effective if this role had been played by another American, David Hess, who was the villain in "Last House", "Hitchhike", and most notorious and harrowing Italian "terror" film, "House by the Edge of the Park". Former Warhol "superstar" Dallesandro though is much more of a male model than an actor and not very menacing (it's kind of like being held hostage by "Zoolander").

This is better than any of the Italian "terror" films except "Hitchhike" and "Late Night Trains" (but that's not much of a compliment). It's better made, but far less harrowing than "House by the Edge of the Park" (although the gorgeous DeSalle, who was in both films, somehow manages to have even more nude scenes in this one). It's not nearly as good though as any of DiLeo's police thrillers or his better sexy melodramas like "Being Twenty" and "The Seduction". I'd still recommend it I guess, but keep your expectations kind of low.

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