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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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A sequel to the 1980 cult classic 'The House on the Edge of the Park' that focuses on the surviving villain Ricky.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
David Hess ... Alex (as David A. Hess)
Annie Belle ... Lisa
Christian Borromeo ... Tom
Giovanni Lombardo Radice ... Ricky
Marie Claude Joseph ... Glenda
Gabriele Di Giulio Gabriele Di Giulio ... Howard
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:

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

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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

David Hess was the first choice for Alex because he played a similar villain in The Last House on the Left (1972), which was a highly successful low-budget thriller. The makers of this film wanted Hess involved so much that they gave him half the rights to the film. See more »

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[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 USA Media-Blasters release is completely uncut at 91 minutes. See more »

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References Cannibal Holocaust (1980) See more »

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Do It To Me
Music and Lyrics by Benjamin and Riz Ortolani
Performed by Charlie Cannon, Rosamarie D'Andrea and Patrizia Neri (Charlie, Pat and Rosy - uncredited)
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Last House on the Left - but more exploitative
25 November 2006 | by Hector_The_ToadSee all my reviews

David Hess reprises his role as sadistic rapist in exploitation king Ruggero Deodato's loose sequel to Wes Craven's genre definer The Last House on the Left . This deliriously sleazy video nasty has been banned or cut the world over - it is still refused classification in Australia and was only recently made available in Britain, albeit with 11 minutes of 'eroticised sexual violence and gross violence' cut.

The film kicks off in true exploitation form - a brutal rape spliced in with the credits, where we see our antagonist Alex strangling a woman in the back seat of his car. Fast forward to where the action really happens - a young rich couple on their way to a party arrive at Alex's and his retarded friend Ricky's (think Of Mice and Men ) garage wanting a motor problem rectified. The issue is fixed and Alex and Ricky tag along to the yuppie party in a secluded luxury home. After pleasantries are exchanged with the several remaining guests, Alex and Ricky hold the group hostage, subjecting them to various sexual tortures.

The title of Deodato's film is sure to automatically evoke comparisons to Craven's no-budget morality tale - the fact is both are vastly different movies. Calling this a rip off isn't exactly fair - while Last House on the Left is vastly better, it was not nearly as exploitative enough to be considered one of the sub-genre's greats; Deodato and Hess' devilish collaboration does, however, fit the bill nicely. In addition, the yuppies in the titular location almost enjoy the torture Alex and Ricky put them through - the women engage in consentual sex with their torturers after their boyfriend's are roughed up and they are very flirtatious, even when horrific acts of violence are being committed against them. Therefore, Deodato's effort is not nearly as difficult to watch as Craven's. The House on the Edge of the Park is nonetheless very brutal stuff - the rapes are dysfunctional in their explicitness however the non-sexual violence was fairly tame. (Too) young-looking Italian soft-core star Brigitte Petronio is the subject of all the film's nastiest bits. If I was to fault it, I was disappointed at all the sex - the movie was essentially a rape and revenge (the second part happened only in the final ten minutes) flick with sex as its raison-d'etre, but Deodato could have put a little bit more action and taken away some of the pervasive sleaziness. All in all, this was decent exploitation and certainly a must see for a fan of the genre.


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