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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.

Director: Ruggero Deodato
Stars: David Hess, Giovanni Lombardo Radice
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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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 »

Parents Guide:

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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

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 slightly 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 to ride the success of Craven's earlier film. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Paura: Lucio Fulci Remembered - Volume 1 (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Oh man...
30 October 2001 | by BilsteinSee all my reviews

I've actually been searching for this film for ages. They sure won't sell it in the UK, so the best place is the internet. Alas, no joy. Without using a credit card (I'm not old enough to have one), it seemed like this notorious video nasty was never going to be added to my collection.

Then, on a trip to Paris, I wander into a video store, and what do you know? There are two copies of it, tucked away in a box half pushed under the bottom shelf. And it was in English too. I mean, do we put that down to fate, or what?

I'd already watched Last House on the Left, and so was familiar with David Hess, and the character he portrayed (who, let's face it, was just a re-named Krug). Even so, I wasn't prepared for the graphic nature of this film. Last House on the Left actually turned out to be a lot less graphic than I'd expected, and I'd even got the uncut version. Since both films fall into the same genre, I was expecting this to be somewhat similar in terms of content. Oh man, was that a mistake....

The most repugnant moments in this film are unmatched, and I suspect they will only be surpassed by Cannibal Holocaust/Cannibal Ferox. Acting was somewhat dire to begin with, but did seem to pick up as the film went on. Also, the numerous scenes of rape were never distasteful in their own right. Last House on the Left kept flicking back and forth between a rape scene and a comedy scene, which is distasteful in the worst sense. Yet in this, the rape was never glamourised, it was never presented as anything other than rape, and it was never short of gruelling (or graphic).

Plot? Well, there is one, but it doesn't truly unfold until the end. I must confess that, for someone who successfully predicted the ending of Se7en, I never saw the plot twist coming. But I agree with a lot of the comments on here. The characters at the party were in the large part, very unlikeable, and I ended up hoping Alex would murder them all, which I don't think was the desired effect.

Still, if this is your cup of tea, then you want to make getting this film a priority. It's only going to become and and more rare as time gets on. And they don't make them like this anymore...

Caution advised: Content is extreme.

7/10 - For all its faults, it's very powerful stuff. I lent it to three people in the first week I purchased it.


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