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The House by the Lake (1976)

Death Weekend (original title)
A rich playboy has a large house in the Ontario countryside. One weekend, he invites his girlfriend, a fashion model, but n his way to the house, he drives past a gang of crazed young men. ... 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 Ontario countryside. One weekend, he invites his girlfriend, a fashion model, but n his way to the house, he drives past a gang of crazed young men. The men find out where the house is, and terrorise the couple. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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rape | violence | sadist | gang | revenge | See All (28) »

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Tension so unbearable so overwhelming so uncontrollable you'll want to scream out loud! See more »

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Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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:

CAD500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Originally entitled Death Weekend by its Canadian makers this film was renamed "The House By the Lake" to be paired for a double feature release with The Last House on the Left (1972) in America. Canadian audiences and some subsequent video releases still know this film by the original Death Weekend title though. 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 US and English Canadian VHS releases are cut. Missing in action are the following details:
  • SPOILER WARNING:
  • An additional shot of Lep on top of Diane as he rapes her.
  • When Diane slashes Runt's throat, there is a graphic shot of Runt's throat gushing blood and an additional shot of Diane as his blood sprays across her chest. The US/Canadian tapes cut from her slashing action to Runt falling off the bed, omitting the gory details.
  • After Diane escapes out the window, there is an additional shot of Runt choking on his own blood while Frankie and Stanley joke outside the bedroom door.
  • When Diane sets Stanley ablaze, the sequence lasts several seconds longer as he runs out of the boathouse in flames.
  • Note that both the French (dubbed) Canadian and Spanish (subtitled) VHS versions were released uncut.
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Soundtracks

Wanderlust
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Music by Keith Mansfield
APM Music
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Exhilarating in parts.
17 May 2001 | by analoguebubblebathSee all my reviews

"Death Weekend" is a more complex film than it appears on the surface.

The violence is initially against Harry's property which he values more than anything else. Even though Diane has spurned him one gets the impression that he considers her his property too. Her resilience against the grotesque mob of ugly greasers is exhilarating to watch and is comparable to the revenge actions that take place in the later "I Spit On Your Grave".

The film's closing images are unnerving, keeping in tone with the somewhat excessive terror factor of the second half.

Stroud and Vaccaro are excellent.

7/10


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