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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.

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Ruggero Deodato
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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 »

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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 »

Connections

References The Last House on the Left (1972) 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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Strong exploitation thriller is not for the faint!
20 May 2008 | by Nightman85See all my reviews

Perhaps one of the most infamous violence-exploitation films ever made, and for good reason!

Slick rapist and his simple-minded buddy get invited to a snobbish get-together, where they quickly take over the house.

Disturbingly dark, oddly erotic, and subtly directed, Deodato's House on the Edge of the Park is an unforgettable tale of lust and violence. While the violence of this film is extreme, Deodato is careful not to let any of the characters become uninteresting. Even as the story is a somewhat convoluted, the occurrences on screen between the villains and their victims keep the audience well on edge. Also of note is the haunting music of Riz Ortolani, the song 'Do It To Me Once More' being especially appropriate for the film.

The cast is fairly good, the best is undoubtedly David Hess. Hess is no stranger to playing sleazy B villains, as he brings such fierceness to every character.

If you're seeking a sleazy exploitation film, or just a strong guilty pleasure, House on the Edge of the Park may just work! Definitely not for all (or even most) tastes.

** 1/2 out of ****


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