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House on the Edge of the Park (1980)
"La casa sperduta nel parco" (original title)

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Two lowlife punks invite themselves to a party at a posh villa and after being taunted by their snobbish hosts, hold everybody hostage and subject them to various torture and mayhem.

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Alex (as David A. Hess)
Annie Belle ...
Lisa
Christian Borromeo ...
Tom
Giovanni Lombardo Radice ...
Marie Claude Joseph ...
Glenda
Gabriele Di Giulio ...
Howard
Brigitte Petronio ...
Cindy
Karoline Mardeck ...
Susan
Lorraine De Selle ...
Gloria
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Alex, a psychopathic mechanic, rapes a woman in the park. Later, a decadent couple pull into his shop needing car repair. They invite Alex and his mentally challenged buddy to join them at a decadent suburban party. Once there, Alex amuses himself by tormenting and raping the guests... Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Delivers Shocks To The Maximum ... Pushes The Limits Of Acceptability See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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House of the Park on the Edge  »

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Trivia

Giovanni Lombardo Radice's film debut. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Alex: Helooooo lady!
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Crazy Credits

The original US version of the film had Italian credits. Credits were translated for the UK and US DVD versions. See more »

Connections

References Kojak (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweetly
Music and Lyrics by Benjamin and Riz Ortolani
Performed by Diana Corsini
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Bless Ruggero Deodato
2 January 2005 | by (Mountains of Madness) – See all my reviews

If it's called a "horror" film, doesn't it make sense to give the audience plenty of "horror" for their money? Ruggero Deodato, the director of CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST and CUT AND RUN, certainly thinks so, and that's why THE HOUSE ON THE EDGE OF THE PARK is such a damn fine pic.

Vocalist Tina Corsini's rendering of Riz Ortalani's "Sweetly" opens this grim chiller and its placement in the film is a masterstroke. After thug Alex (David Hess) rapes a woman in her car, we follow him and fellow thug Ricky (Giovanni Lombardo Radice) to a party at a house on the edge (or thereabouts) of a park. It is here that the film's tense, sexually-charged drama unfolds.

Deodato, a director of great skill and intelligence, conducts the tension like a maestro as Alex and Ricky upset their hosts and force several confrontations that end in assault and rape.

HOUSE depicts a microscopic class clash and strips all players bare until all that remains is animalism.

The film turns the throttle right up on the psychological violence while keeping the blood and guts to a natural, realistic level.

Hess is totally believable as Alex, as is Radice, Alex's marginally retarded offsider, who questions his loyalty to Hess when the situation threatens to ignite.

Climax raises questions that can not be adequately answered, but Deodato wraps everything up so swiftly you hardly have time to complain.

This is tense, rugged, uncompromising horror.

Bless the talent of Ruggero Deodato, a director who truly delivers the goods with a basket of style.


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