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

Unrated  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  22 February 1985 (USA)
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Two low-life punks invite themselves to a party at a posh villa and after being taunted by their snobbish hosts, hold everyone hostage and subject them to various forms of torture and mayhem.


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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 <>

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Release Date:

22 February 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

House of the Park on the Edge  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Because Wes Craven's The Last House on the Left (1972) had been such a success, this film, which is similar in violent content and also stars Hess, was given the similar title "The House on the Edge of the Park". It was one of many violent thrillers to be given a "House" title in attempt ride the success of Craven's earlier film. See more »


[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 »


Music and Lyrics by Benjamin and Riz Ortolani
Performed by Diana Corsini
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Strong exploitation thriller is not for the faint!
20 May 2008 | by (Brentwood, USA) – See all my reviews

Perhaps one of the most infamous violence-exploitation films ever made, and for good reason!

Slick rapist and his simple-minded buddy get invited to a snobbish get-together, where they quickly take over the house.

Disturbingly dark, oddly erotic, and subtly directed, Deodato's House on the Edge of the Park is an unforgettable tale of lust and violence. While the violence of this film is extreme, Deodato is careful not to let any of the characters become uninteresting. Even as the story is a somewhat convoluted, the occurrences on screen between the villains and their victims keep the audience well on edge. Also of note is the haunting music of Riz Ortolani, the song 'Do It To Me Once More' being especially appropriate for the film.

The cast is fairly good, the best is undoubtedly David Hess. Hess is no stranger to playing sleazy B villains, as he brings such fierceness to every character.

If you're seeking a sleazy exploitation film, or just a strong guilty pleasure, House on the Edge of the Park may just work! Definitely not for all (or even most) tastes.

** 1/2 out of ****

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