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House on the Edge of the Park (1980)

La casa sperduta nel parco (original title)
Not Rated | | 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.

Director:

Ruggero Deodato
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Christian Borromeo ... Tom / HUsband
David Hess ... Alex (as David A. Hess)
Annie Belle ... Lisa / Wife
Giovanni Lombardo Radice ... Ricky / Mechanic
Marie Claude Joseph ... Glenda / Howard's
Gabriele Di Giulio Gabriele Di Giulio ... Howard / Glenda's
Brigitte Petronio ... Cindy
Karoline Mardeck ... Susan
Lorraine De Selle ... Gloria
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

David Hess ... star of "Last House on the Left" is loose again ... DON'T GO IN THE PARK! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

22 February 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

House on the Edge of the Park See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

F.D. Cinematografica See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (heavily cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »

Alternate Versions

The film was refused a UK cinema certificate by the BBFC in 1981 and later found itself listed as an official video nasty. It was finally passed for video release in 2002 after a staggering 11 minutes 43 secs of cuts which mostly removed the rape and assault scenes and heavily edited the razor-slashing of Cindy, the opening murder scene, and shots of Tony's head being slammed against a table. See more »

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Referenced in The Big Box: To the Devil a Daughter (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweetly
Music and Lyrics by Benjamin and Riz Ortolani
Performed by Diana Corsini (uncredited)
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A rape classic
29 January 2012 | by chaos-rampantSee all my reviews

Let's be honest here: you didn't come to this for an elaborate mise-en-scene (such a horrible word) that reveals an allegory on the displacement of modern man. Hell, you don't even know what a mise-en-scene is. You don't care. It sounds like something you would like to punch a hole through. Do you like balloons or ribbons? No, you're a guy who likes guy stuff: dynamite, karate, trucks, kickass movies.

No, you came to this because you know David Hess is going to hole up in a fancy cottage house holding hostage a host of snotty New York characters who think they are too good to boogie down with disco. Because he's going to be wearing a lemon yellow jacket and something close to an afro and he's going to oogle and leer at women in that perverse way between rapist uncle and protective big brother. Giovanni Radice is going to be his imbecilic sidekick. Girls are going to get undressed whether they want to or not, a razor is going to be put in use.

So by all accounts this must be the brutal, intense, grueling experience other viewers describe. Deodato is involved and that used to mean something back in the day. But it's not, not really, and I'm not just preening with aloof jadedness here.

No, it's glorious exploitation as the term used to have meaning. Hysterical, cheesy, dirty, but so enjoyable. There are no politics here, just one long sexual fantasy about forceful sex and degradation that can be enjoyed equally well from both ends. David Hess exudes raw animal magnetism and gets to have his way, that is until the mandatory moral denouement. The ladies get to enjoy being had or play along for the game. That is all.

Now the guerrilla shots from inside a moving car at the beginning of the film that capture night rolling down on New York, these are pure film poetry to my mind. As far as a film New York off the beaten track is concerned, I rate these highly and next to Jean Rollin's cold cityscapes from Lost in New York.


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