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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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William Fruet

Writer:

William Fruet
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Cast

Cast overview:
Brenda Vaccaro ... Diane
Don Stroud ... Lep
Chuck Shamata ... Harry
Richard Ayres Richard Ayres ... Runt
Kyle Edwards Kyle Edwards ... Frankie
Don Granbery ... Stanley (as Don Granberry)
Ed McNamara Ed McNamara ... Spragg
Michael Kirby ... Ralph
Richard Donat ... Policeman
Denver Mattson ... Smokey
Al Bernardo Al Bernardo ... Mr. Doobie
Roselle Stone Roselle Stone ... Mrs. Doobie
Elaine Yarish Elaine Yarish ... Campground Girl
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Storyline

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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It was Thanksgiving weekend. Diane had nothing to be thankful for... she was just trying to stay alive! See more »

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Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The House by the Lake See more »

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Budget:

CAD 500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Despite being described as an "appalling orgy of destruction" by the 1976 August Bulletin the film was passed relatively intact by the BBFC after a personal visit by Brenda Vaccaro to chief censor James Ferman to plead for a certificate. Some of the female examiners on the board described the film's violence as "acceptable, even justifiable" and the only UK cut made to the movie was the removal of the word "cunt". See more »

Goofs

The names listed in the credits in the end of the movie is Don Granberry as Stanley and Kyle Richards as Frankie. 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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Alternate Versions

The Australian 'Applause Home Video' PAL Release from the late 1980's is uncut and contains the above scenes mentioned that were cut from the R rated US\English Canadian release on Vestron. The contrast of the image is also sharper\brighter. See more »

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Wanderlust
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S10 Review's Death Weekend (1976)
28 April 2008 | by suspiria10See all my reviews

'Weekend' starring Brenda Vaccaro is a lesser known entry in the rape-revenge sub-genre. It doesn't have the blood lust that most of the flicks do, in fact there isn't a whole lot of the red stuff at all (even less in many of the existing home video prints such as the Vestron version I saw). But 'Weekend' does have an above average atmosphere and the performances by the whole cast are solid. Don Stroud plays the lead baddie who just couldn't take being out driven by a girl in the beginning (a pretty well done car chase sequence) and eventually tracks down Vaccaro at a nice vacation lodge. Hardcore exploitation fans may find 'Death Weekend' to be a bit 'boring' but that may appeal to those who don't like films with an 'extreme' edge to them.


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